Beesley's dressing gown

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Darin Kight

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Just curious, whatever became of Lawrence Beesley's dressing gown, or his Norfolk jacket and the books he had been reading in bed? Does anyone know? I've often wondered if survivors held on to the items they were rescued with or if they may have pulled a Rose and discarded them, as I'm sure some must have done.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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I suppose the books at least ended up at the bottom of the North Atlantic. Those who made it to the boats weren't encouraged to take many of their personal effects with them.

I don't know about his clothing but I suppose some of them would have found their way to a landfill when they outlived their usefulness.
 
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Darin Kight

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Thank you sir, I was always cutious about the oddest things. After Beesley was photographed wearig the dressing gown on Carpathia, I just assumed(you know where assumptions lead) he would have held ontonit and that some member of his family might still have it or what was left of it. Thanks for your response, your knowledge of the Titanic is beyond my comprehension, and I have lived slept and breathed this subject for over 30 years. You guys I'm sure have forgotten twice as much as I will ever know. One question if you see this: did any passengers ever contemplate sending a wireless after tle collision? I know it would be impossible, but think if someone did. Pure speculation on my part-wishful "what-if" scenarios that we've all indulged in. Something like, "On board Titanic sinking, good-bye to all at home." That gives me gooseflesh. The best they could do was to hand notes to the passengers entering the boats. Thanks for your kind indulgence.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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>>One question if you see this: did any passengers ever contemplate sending a wireless after tle collision? <<

It's hard to tell what a lot of these people contemplated if it's not on record somewhere. At the time, very few of the passengers even realized just how serious the situation was. Some of the 3rd class up forward knew. Kind of hard to miss the obvious when you literally have to run out of your accomadation to avoid drowned, but none of these people could even afford to send anything by wireless.

Since the priority was to summon assistance, I'm 100% certain that if anybody had tried, they would have been rebuffed.
 
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Jeremy Aufderheide

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Didn't Beelsey put books and oranges in his pockets? That was my first thought when I read Darin's post.
 
Jason D. Tiller

Jason D. Tiller

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quote:

Didn't Beelsey put books and oranges in his pockets?

Yes and no. While Lawrence Beesley did stuff books into his pockets, he did not take oranges with him. That was Arthur Peuchen.​
 
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