Thursday, March 22, 2012

RMS Titanic Passenger Stories

The Titanic was magnificent, so much so that we
 tend to speak more about the ship than 
the passengers aboard it.  

Join us at the Vrooman Mansion to celebrate not only the 100th Anniversary of the voyage but of the passengers aboard the Titanic.  The Tea Ladies will present a 
wonderful program enlightening us about 
the passengers,  during  
on April 14th and April 15th. 

First Class Passengers
Titanic first class was the aristocracy such as the Countess of Rothes, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and wealthy established families such as the Wideners, the Speddens, the Astors and Benjamin Guggenheim. What they paid for their passage depended on the size of suite or cabin in which they traveled.  Some chose to book suites which contained private dining and living areas as well as bedrooms for themselves and their maids and valets. Prices range from about £260 to £60.{via}


"The Unsinkable " Molly Brown, wife of a Colorado silver mine entrepreneur, and John Jacob Astor. Molly Brown became famous in her own right for being the only woman to have rowed a lifeboat to safety.


John Jacob Astor IV was said to be the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.  His wife, Madeleine Force, whom he also traveled with, was pregnant on the ship's maiden voyage and would later give birth in 1912 to John Jacob Astor VI. Astor and his wife also brought their dog Kitty on the journey. Astor was an inventor, builder of the Astoria (later Waldorf-Astoria) Hotel, and author of a sci-fi novel set in the year 2000.
 
Second Class Passengers
In second class were those who had achieved success and money through work, people in trades such a miners, teachers and clerks.  Fares ranged from £13 to £79. {via}  Second Class passengers Edward Bean and Ethel Bean were married only days before Titanic's maiden voyage.  Beane moved to New York where he worked as a a bricklayer. He had returned to his home town of Norwich to get married to Ethel Clarke. {via}


Third Class Passengers
Third class tended to be families emigrating to the United States from Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and England.  In many cases they had sold all they had to afford the passage on Titanic and to allow them a little savings to get started in America.  Initially, many were going to stay with relatives who had already gone out and established themselves in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago.  Within third class there were different standards of accommodation.  The average price for a ticket was around £7 although many were traveling on family tickets costing from £25 to £40.{via}
  
Mrs. Dean holding Milvinia and her son

One of the most famous Third Class Passenger was Millvina Dean.  Millvina was the longest surviving passenger from the Titanic. She was only two months old when her parents decided to leave England and immigrate to Witchita, Kansas.   The Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class passengers at Southampton. {via}  

Millvina & her brother
In December 2008, at the age of 96, Dean was forced to sell several of her family's possessions to pay for her private medical care following a broken hip. These possessions included a letter sent to her mother from the Titanic Relief Fund, and a suitcase given to her and her mother in New York following the ship's sinking. Their sale raised approximately £32,000. Millvina lived to be 97 years old and died in May of 2009.{via}


 Make sure to join us to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this magnificent ship!

701 East Taylor Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 
Phone: 309.828.8816
Toll Free: 877.346.6488
Fax: 309.828.2596

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