- Feb 22, 2012
As the world struggles to cope with the effects of COVID-19, Titanic references are popping up everywhere.Jimmy Fallon made a joke about it. Benjamin
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.