Magyar Posta is issuing an exclusive commemorative stamp block in memory of the Titanic and Dr Árpád Lengyel, the ship’s doctor on the first vessel to hurry to the aid of the Titanic, the British steamship RMS Carpathia. The main motif of this unusual philatelic product is the Titanic heading towards the iceberg, while the stamps show parts of the liner. In the top right corner there is a portrait of Dr Lengyel and the outline of RMS Carpathia.
The Titanic was built in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and when she was launched, she was the world’s largest steam-powered passenger liner. She left Southampton at noon on 10 April 1912 with 2207 pas-sengers on board. Several ice warnings were received on the evening before the disaster, but the high volume of telegrams prevented some from reaching the bridge.
Although the Titanic was the largest and most elegant vessel on the transatlantic route, it was not the fastest, which jeopardised the planned arrival in New York on 16 April 1912. For this reason it steamed full ahead and did not try to avoid the potentially dangerous area of drifting ice. At 11.40 pm on 14 April the watch spotted a floating iceberg. The officer on duty ordered the ship to be steered to the left and the port propeller to be put into reverse. A long time passed before the gigantic vessel slowly began to turn, and so the iceberg punctured a series of fatal holes below the waterline on the starboard side of the ship. The captain immediately sent distress signals and gave the order to abandon ship.
RMS Carpathia heard the Mayday but was too far from the scene to offer immediate help. The Titanic sank at 2.20 am on 15 April. The people in the lifeboats were picked up by the Carpathia about 75 minutes later. A few of the Hungarian passengers on the Titanic survived, such as Mátyás Reischl, a waiter in one of the first class restaurants, and the Hungarian emigrants Lujza Hoffer, and Antal Kisik and his wife. The ship’s doctor of the Carpathia, which hurried to the Titanic’s aid, was Dr Árpád Lengyel, who did all within his power to save the survivors, endangered by hypothermia. The survivors gave him a medallion in gratitude.
Title: 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic
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