Cable Ships Accepted Grim Task of Recovering Titanic VictimsApr 16, 2012
By Adam Scotti
The morbid task of recovering the remains of the Titanic's passengers didn't fall to those who responded first and rescued the living, but with cable ships that arrived a week later.
The Mackay-Bennett was the first ship dispatched by the White Star Line on April 17, 1912, to start the recovery process.
Not knowing what awaited the sailors, the ship was only equipped with a cargo of ice, 125 coffins and embalming supplies for 70 bodies.
An embalmer and a priest’s assistant joined the regular crew, working for six days recovering and identifying remains.
Source: Global News