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Encyclopedia Titanica

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Feb 22, 2012

In April 1912, Burlington-bound Swedish immigrant Gunnar Tenglin attempted to book passage on the transatlantic liner SS Saint Paul. Thanks to a coal strike, the young farmer ended up on the Titanic, his family (including his wife and young son back in Sweden) none the wiser. At first, the 25-year-old viewed the switch as a lucky break: The Titanic’s “food was wonderful,” and its bars “stayed open until 2 or 3 a.m.,” he later said.

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