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!
“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)
Workers pose near Titanic’s propeller prior to launch, April 1912.
China plates near the Titanic wreckage.
Bow of the sunken ship 13,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic
Passengers stroll along Titanic’s Boat Deck
Benjamin Guggenheim, heir to a mining fortune, perished in the disaster.
John Jacob Astor, a wealthy American businessman, died in the sinking.
Molly Brown, American socialite, philanthropist, and activist. Insisted her lifeboat return to search for survivors. Became known as the “unsinkable Molly Brown.”
First class passengers Isidor and Ida Strauss. She chose to remain on board the ship with her husband, saying, “Where you go, I go.”