Titanic Treasury

My pre-published novel, The Stars in April, brings to life the true story of twelve-year-old Titanic survivor, Ruth Becker. Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the story of the ill-fated ship, and enjoyed digging deep as I researched its short-lived but majestic reign as one of the greatest passenger ships in history. This page is a collection of photos and facts related to the ship, as well as quotes from some of its passengers and crew. It will be an ongoing project as I gather photos and interesting material. If you would like to contribute to this page, please contact me. I welcome your comments!

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“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that . . .”
Captain Edward J. Smith

“As the lifeboat pulled away we heard cries from people left on the Titanic and in the water and explosions in the ship. There were lots of bodies floating … We were in the lifeboat nine hours.”
15-year-old passenger Edith Brown Haisman

Number on board including passengers and crew members – 2,223
Number of passengers, including 13 honeymooning couples – 1,324
Survivors – 706 (214 crew members, 492 passengers)

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Workers pose near Titanic’s propeller prior to launch, April 1912.

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China plates near the Titanic wreckage.

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Bow of the sunken ship 13,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic

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Passengers stroll along Titanic’s Boat Deck

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Benjamin Guggenheim, heir to a mining fortune, perished in the disaster.

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John Jacob Astor, a wealthy American businessman, died in the sinking.

Molly Brown

Molly Brown, American socialite, philanthropist, and activist. Insisted her lifeboat return to search for survivors. Became known as the “unsinkable Molly Brown.”

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First class passengers Isidor and Ida Strauss. She chose to remain on board the ship with her husband, saying, “Where you go, I go.”

17 Comments on “Titanic Treasury

  1. This is awesome Peggy!!! I love it. Can’t wait to read more you share here.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site. Was your great granddad William Thomas Stead? I’d be happy to do a blog post about him, with your permission. Did you get to meet him?

  2. Your page is interesting Peggy, a lot of effort has gone into your site. My father worked on the building of Titanic, it’s sister ships. along with many other vessels built at Harland & Wolf Shipyard at Queens Island in Belfast. I wonder have you ever researched the working and living conditions of the workers of that time. I am sure you would find it enlightening.

    • Thank you, Norman. I’m glad you like the web site! I haven’t done too much research into the ship builders or their working conditions, but that might make an interesting blog post! Do you recall anything your father told you about it? I’d love to hear from you if you care to share it. I did do a post about the coal strike and how it affected so many at that time, leading to their getting jobs on Titanic, especially in Southampton.
      Thank you for writing!

      • Peggy,

        Nice of you to take the time to reply. I am afraid I cannot tell you a lot of what my father said about his work on Titanic and other ships he worked on. He died in 1952, and like a lot of Men of his generation never talked a lot about his experiences. I was 15 years old when he died and it was before Titanic had got the coverage it has had since. The film ” A Night To remember ” came out just after he died. Until then the tragedy was just something that had happened to a Ship Built at H&W Shipyard….I am enclosing a link to a Shipyard site you might find interesting…

        https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastBelfastShipYard/857774534317151/?comment_id=858006884293916&notif_t=like

        If you visit there you will find a lot of ancestors of people who worked on the Ships…Sincerely Norman.

      • Norman,
        That’s understandable that your father didn’t talk much about his work. I appreciate your sending the link to the Belfast Ships site. I’ll definitely enjoy a look around, and hope to do a post about the ship builders.
        Thanks again for your interest!

  3. My grandmothers cousin worked as a carver, his name was Candido Scavino. He did not survive.

    • Thanks for writing, Rosario! Would you like me to write a blog post about him? If you have any information about him, that would be helpful.

  4. I work at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. The more I learn about the Titanic, the more I want to know. Each piece of knowledge leads to more questions and answers to seek. I look forward to learning from you!

    • Thank you, Jeanne! I would love to visit your museum. I’ve been to the Orlando exhibit and to the traveling exhibit in 2012. There’s certainly a lot to learn and I’m striving for accuracy. Please let me know if you have a particular interest that you’d like me to do a blog post on.

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