As I'm sure everyone here knows, John Pierpont ("J.P.") Morgan was scheduled to sail on Titanic, but canceled at the last moment. What I'm puzzled about is why Morgan would have deigned to do such a thing. He had his own ocean-going steam yacht, named Corsair II, which was perfectly capable of making the voyage. Corsair II's displacement was over 1900 tons and she was 293 feet long - nearly a third of Titanic's length. The yacht was superbly fitted with every possible luxury of the time, including its own custom china (Minton, no less) and glassware, all emblazoned "Corsair." One of her most jaw-dropping features was her own 24-foot tender. Some of Corsair II's portable fittings were recently auctioned; looking at them gives an idea of her excellence and luxe: Artifacts from J.P. Morgan The ship was leased from Morgan's son by the Navy during World War I (J.P. himself having died in 1913; canceling his Titanic passage only bought him a year), being returned to him and to yachting service in 1919. She also later did a stint for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, with the Navy re-acquiring her in time for use throughout the South Pacific during most of World War II. She was decommissioned and broken up in 1944. Now, I'm perfectly aware that J.P. Morgan was much of the financial impetus behind IMM (International Mercantile Marine, the White Star Line's parent company), but given the glories of Corsair II, Titanic's "Millionaire's Suites" and A La Carte restaurant would have been like taking the bus. Why on Earth did a man with such exquisite and capable private transport at his disposal want to sail Titanic? Even more oddly, he often sent Corsair II ahead while he took White Star liners to Europe. I could maybe see leaving a yacht in harbor to save a bit of money (though J.P. hardly needed to economize, then or ever), but not sending it ahead of me while taking a commercial liner. Anyone have any information on this?