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Maggie Brown - Most people will remember her from the Titanic movie, but according to our tour guide, she was quite as abrasive as Kathy Bates portrayed her. And she wasn't some backwater ignorant redneck. At the time of the Titanic sinking she spoke 6 languages and acted as a translator and advocate for the immigrant widows who survived the wreck.
Ruth Becker Ruth was 12 years old when she boarded the R.M.S Titanic in second class with her little brother, Richard who was sick at the time and her sister Marion as well as her mother and father from India on a mission trip. Ruth recalled the beauty of Titanic from peering in the windows of the first class dining saloon as she strolled her brother down the deck on sunny afternoons at sea. She recalls her mother telling them, "There was a little accident and they are going to fix it so we c
When the Titanic sank William Rowe Richards was aged 3 years. His last residence was in Penzance Cornwall England. He boarded the Titanic as a 2nd Class passenger at Southampton on Wednesday April 10, 1912, Ticket No. 29106. Destination: Akron, Ohio. William Rowe Richards survived the sinking (lifeboat 4) and was picked up by the Carpathia disembarking at New York City on Thursday April 18, 1912.
Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni (known as "Cissy") was a maid traveling 1st class on the Titanic with her employer, Countess Lucy Rothes. Roberta fell in love with steward who was working on the ship. On the night of the sinking, he gave her his life jacket, helped her into a lifeboat and pressed his official White Star liner badge into her hand, before going down with the ship. The real Jack & Rose? #love
"I could see the lights of the ship starting to go under water, then soundlessly, perhaps a mile away, it just went down. It was gone. Oh yes, the sky was very black and the stars were very bright. They told me the people in the water were singing, but I knew they were screaming." Madeleine Mellinger in a Toronto Star interview, April 15, 1974|
Do you know who Charles Joughin is? Well you should. His story of surviving the Titanic is most extraordinary. After fortifying his body with two bottles of whiskey, Joughin rode the Titanic into the ocean similar to Jack and Rose in the movie and simply stepped off the bow without even getting his head wet, then spent 3 hours in the frigid waters before being rescued. He was one of only a few survivors to weather the icy wet conditions. Many attribute this to the whiskey.
Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fund and the use of his home on Fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor