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Bertha Moran
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Bertha and her brother Daniel had returned to Ireland to settle affairs and bring back an inheritance after the death of their father...


Shipwrecked Again!

Samuel Goldenberg
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On 26 May 1910, the French liner Pas-de-Calais steamed out of Calais harbour, where Samuel Goldenberg lived and worked, and rammed the Pluviôse a submarine that was just about to emerge, killing 27 submariners. Goldenberg was a passenger on board the Pas-de-Calais, when the disaster occurred. The sinking of the Pluviôse was felt as a national loss in France. It was some weeks before the submarine was raised and the bodies recovered.

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Edward John Willey
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Edward John Willey from Ystradyfodwg, Wales was planning to make his home at a Shaker community in Schenectady, New York when he sailed on the Titanic.



Benjamin Laventall Forman
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Benjamin Forman had been in Europe on business and was now returning to New York, but lost his life in the sinking.



Lucile Carter
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Lucile Carter was born into wealth and privilege and married mining tycoon William Ernest Carter in 1896, but that did not prevent her becoming the victim of severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband as well as, allegedly, abandonment by him as the Titanic went down...



Jean Hippach
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Jean travelled on the Titanic with her mother Ida... no stranger to tragedy, in 1903 she had lost two brothers in the fire that engulfed Chicago's Iroquois Theatre.

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Kale Walsh
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One of only three female crew members to be lost in the sinking. Kate was married but signed-on with her maiden name and knocked a few years off her age...

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Julia Florence Cavendish
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The daughter of diminutive department store king Henry Siegel, Julia Cavendish married into British aristocracy and moved to Crakemarsh Hall in England - She travelled with her husband Tyrell and survived but was widowed and never remarried.

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Agnes and Beatrice Sandström
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1961: 'Agnes Sandström greets her daughter Beatrice at her dairy shop on Olovsgatan in Motala. It is almost fifty years since they were involved in the Titanic disaster in the Atlantic.'

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Allen Mardon Baggott
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Steward Allen Baggott survived the Titanic in lifeboat 9 and returned to work at sea, but in later years he suffered badly with alcoholism and died aged only 36.

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Annie May Stengel
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The stress of the disaster written on her face, an exhausted Annie Stengel steps off the Carpathia in New York, after her rescue from the Titanic disaster.

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Mahala Douglas
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Mahala Douglas was returning on the Titanic with her wealthy second husband Walter following three-month tour of Europe to find furnishings for their palatial retreat Walden, at Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis.

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Titanic photo mystery
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The identity of the passenger photographed by Fr Browne standing by the first-class gymnasium is often given as Jacques Futrelle, but comparison with images of Percival White may suggest otherwise.

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Can we believe Molly Brown?
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There is little-to-no corroborating evidence of anything Margaret Brown claimed. She is the star of her own accounts, yet largely absent from others'. Either her fellow passengers were poor observers and missed the grand one woman drama or she was fabricating in particularly histrionic manner.... Jim Kalafus

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Photo of Survivor Richard Pfropper
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Titanic survivor Richard Pfropper and his thumbprint in a 1929 seaman's registration document.


On this Day...

The following people were born
HARPER, Rev. John — 29th May 1872
HUNT, Mr Tom — 29th May 1884

The following people died
BURNS, Miss Elizabeth Margaret — 29th May 1921
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