Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Mackay Bennett
The Mackay Bennett was a normal cable steamship sailing around the coast of Nova Scotia when it was suddenly thrust into fame. It was asked by the White Star Line to search for the bodies of those who died in the disaster of the R.M.S. TITANIC. When the TITANIC went down, it left people in the water and instead of drowning, they froze to death and most of the people had life jackets on so they were still floating. The Bennett picked up the first bodies on April 21 when the TITANIC sank on April 14-15, 1912. The bodies that were too disoriented, they tried to identify them and then buried them at sea. The ones not as disoriented were embalmed and taken to the shore to be buried either by the White Star Line or claimed by family and buried in their own way. In all, the Mackay Bennett recovered 306 bodies including John Jacob Astor, Isador Strauss, and other important men and women. 116 bodies were buried at sea. The Mackay Bennett was later scrapped.