THE bodies of third class passengers of the Titanic were tossed into the sea by rescuers while first and second class victims were recovered so they could be given proper funerals, new documents have revealed.
A fascinating collection of telegrams between the main body-recovery ship and the owners of the sunken liner reveal the cruel and callous nature of the grim operation.
The overwhelmed crew of the Mackay-Bennett had to prioritise which bodies they would bring back to shore due to limited space on the ship.
It was decided the bodies of first and second class passengers were brought aboard, embalmed and returned to their loves ones while the poorest passengers were cast into the Atlantic.
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