titanic-survivor- stories-jack-thayer-1“In my mind, the world of today awoke April 15, 1912,” is a very famous quote that was said by 17-year-old Titanic survivor, Jack Thayer. The quote that he said over 100 years ago seemed particularly significant because the young man was saying a lot, not only about the age he came from, but how different the world would be now that the biggest ship in the world, the RMS Titanic was now lost at sea with over 1500 people that were still on board her. The age that Jack Thayer was born into was known as the Gilded Age, and the loss of the Titanic shook the world so fiercely that it had forever been changed. [click to continue…]

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titanic-survivor- lawrence-beesley-3Among the 705 Titanic survivors, there was a science teacher named Lawrence Beesley. The fact that Beesley had survived the disaster as a man was surprising, but he was not branded a coward because of the circumstances of his being saved. As the number 13 lifeboat was being lowered, the crew member in charge of it saw that there was room for more people, and he saw Beesley standing on the deck and called out to him. The crew member asked Beesley if there were any women and children around him, and he replied that there were none because Beesley was all alone. Because Lawrence Beesley was alone, the crew member ordered the young science teacher to get into the lifeboat.  If not for the crew member, Beesley would have been among the lost on that tragic day that the RMS Titanic sank. [click to continue…]

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titanic-survivor- stories-joseph-boxhall-5On April 15, 1912, the biggest ship in the world, the RMS Titanic sank into the waters of the North Atlantic.  Up until the Titanic sank, it had been hailed as being the biggest ship in the world, was called practically unsinkable, and the richest men and women in the world were traveling aboard the beautiful ship in First Class. The Titanic was celebrated for being a floating palace filled with luxury, and the ship itself, was a great example of the progress of mankind, and the men who built her felt like they were the kings of the universe.  When the Titanic sank, it was something that no one expected, and the shock wave from it could be felt all around the world, and a Fourth Officer named Joseph Boxhall saw it all. [click to continue…]

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titanic-survivor- stories-joseph-boxhall-1Anyone that has seen the movie, A Night To Remember saw a paragraph that talked about the fact that Joseph Boxhall, along with many of the survivors, that spoke to Walter Lord, and helped him write what is considered to be one of the best books ever about the RMS Titanic. After the book was done, the A Night To Remember movie came out, and it really opened the eyes of the public about what happened on the world’s biggest ship back in 1912. At the time, Joseph Boxhall was the Titanic’s 4th officer, but he survived the disaster, and he helped Walter Lord tell the tale of that terrible night. [click to continue…]

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titanic-survivor- stories-harold-bride-1The night of April 14th, 1912, is one of the most memorable nights in all of history, and everyone in the world knows what the date means. The mighty ship, the RMS Titanic, was considered to be the biggest in the world, and at 11:40 PM, the big ship tried to turn out of the way of an iceberg in its path, and the two objects scraped against one another. The impact of metal and solid ice was so strong that some people were thrown out of their beds, and people in the lower part of ship heard the horrible scraping sound.   After the collision was over, Thomas Andrews was sent to figure out what had happened, and within minutes, the worst news ever came from his lips, and the Titanic had only one to two hours to live. Finally, Captain Smith came to the wireless room and told Harold Bride and Jack Phillips that they had to try and contact another ship to help them. Both Bride and Phillips were the only ones that could help the over 2200 people that were on board the Titanic, and there was suddenly a lot of pressure on the two Marconi radio operators.  [click to continue…]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – First Officer William Murdoch

June 2, 2014

One of the most famous nights ever was the night that the RMS Titanic struck and iceberg and sank. The death toll for the Titanic sinking was over 1500 people, and when the 705 survivors got back to New York City, everyone wanted to know what happened and why such a tragedy had taken place.  […]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – Lookout Frederick Fleet

May 31, 2014

The job of a lookout is to sit up in the crow’s nest of a ship and look out for and danger that the ship may encounter during both the day and night.  If something happens, like an object is not seen, then the blame for the accident may fall on the two men up […]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – Lookout Reginald Lee

May 26, 2014

At 11:40 pm, on the night of April 14, 1912, two men were sitting up in the crow’s nest of the RMS Titanic. The weather was freezing cold, and despite the fact they had on thick coats, the freezing cold air cut through them both like knives.  Suddenly, out of the darkness, Frederick Fleet saw […]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – Second Class Officer Charles Lightoller – Part Two

May 25, 2014

After the RMS Titanic went down, the RMS Carpathia from the Cunard Line came along and picked up the 705 survivors who were floating around in 20 lifeboats. Among the surviving men, women, and children, were a few of the Titanic’s officers, but the one that was of the highest rank was Second Officer Charles […]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – Second Class Officer Charles Lightoller – Part One

May 18, 2014

When the great ship, the RMS Titanic went down, the captain, Edward Smith, went down with his glorious ship, which is the tradition that is an unspoken rule of the sea. Other than Captain Smith, the First officer, William Murdoch was also dead, and while the circumstances of his death are up in the air […]

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Titanic Survivor Stories – Colonel Archibald Gracie

May 18, 2014

Archibald Gracie was famous for being a RMS Titanic survivor. Gracie was a brave man who actually helped many women and children get into lifeboats, and when the last one left, he was faced with the same difficult choice that many men faced, which was whether to live or die. As luck would have it, […]

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