Ruth Becker

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Trent Pheifer

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I was wondering if anyone could help me in my search for Ruth Becker pictures for a memorial site I want to make for her, I know she went to a couple of THS conventions, are there any group pics with her or anything I could use for my site?

Thanks,
Trent
 
Kyrila Scully

Kyrila Scully

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Trent,

There's a very nice 8x10 glossy of nine survivors including Ruth Becker on e-bay "Buy it Now" for a reasonable price.

Kyrila
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Well, to start with, you can go HERE for a brief bio that ET has on her. I'm not much of a passenger person, but I agree that she sounds like an interesting person.
 
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Andrew Maheux

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There are many sites on the Yahoo search about her. Also, click search at the bottom of this page and type Ruth Becker and you should have good results.

Regards,

Andrew
 
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Trent Pheifer

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Halsey,

Do you have an intrest in Ruth? She is my absolute favorite passenger. I have been trying to do on again off again research on her for some time now, it has allowed me to meet some great people. If you would ever like to talk about Ruth just send me an email!

-Trent
 
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Johan Jonsson

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In one interview with Ruth Becker she says "When we got on I looked in a great big window into a beautiful dining room, and the silver and the linen, everything was beautiful and new" Do this mean that she was one of those second class passengers who took the tour of the first class areas before Titanic sailed?
 
John Clifford

John Clifford

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Johan, Ruth Becker spent some of the time, on the Titanic, strolling around with her brother Richard. During the strolls, she had a chance to look in on a dining room area. Which dining room it was I don't recall. A lot of Ruth's recollections were printed in "Illustrated History", which was dedicated to her and Edwina Troutt McKenzie
 
Jason D. Tiller

Jason D. Tiller

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Hello Johan,

I moved this thread to here, where it's more appropriate and will generate a better response.
 
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Johan Jonsson

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Yes I have read that book, but it does not say anything about her touring the first class (Or at least I do not recall having read it), and the second class passengers were only allowed into first class during the tour. The second class dining saloon does not fit her description of the linens and silverware, it sounds almost too fancy to be second class (Allthough the second class areas were quite luxurious aswell).
 
John Clifford

John Clifford

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Johan, you might also review Ruth's statements in "Death of a Dream/The Legend Lives On"; that is where I remember her remarks about looking in on the Dining Room during strolls on the decks.

The linens and silverware in the Second Class Dining Room were probably quite nice, since some people stated that Second Class on the Titanic was as nice as, if not better than, First Class on other steamers.
 
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Bob Godfrey

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Ruth boarded the ship along a gangway positioned directly above the 2nd Class dining room, so she could have caught a glimpse of the table settings "when we got on", though a porthole hardly qualifies as a "great big window". Once on the ship, it would be possible to see into either the 1st or 2nd Class dining rooms through an open door, but not through a window. If she did take the opportunity to tour the 1st Class areas and was allowed into the Cafe Parisien, that's a location from which she could have looked into the a la carte restaurant through a large window.
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Matthew Nicholas Clover

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When the ship was sinking, the Beckers all went to the lifeboats. Marion was grapped and was put in one of the last lifeboats. 5 seconds later the same thing happened to Trevor. Nellie got afraid, screamed and jumped in the lifeboat. Ruth didn't so she stayed alone on the Titanic. As al 12-year old, she stayed calm and finded another lifeboat. But if your family is on a lifeboat, you not, and you stand next to thousands of hysterical people, you remain calm and find another lifeboat. That's pretty darn well done.. Respect!
 
John Clifford

John Clifford

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Actually, Matt, what happened was that Ruth was standing behind her mother, as Lifeboat #11 was being loaded. As soon as Marion & Richard Becker were placed on board, the command was given "That's all for this boat!!", to which Nellie Becker pleaded to be allowed in, exclaiming "Please, these are my children!! My babies!!". She was, thus, allowed in the boat, at which point the order was given to "Lower Away"!!.

Nellie, realizing Ruth was still on the Titanic, then screamed "Ruth!! Get in another boat!!", to which Ruth immediately proceeded to Boat #13, and was allowed to get in.

It was the next day, after everyone got on board the Carpathia, that Ruth started to look for her mother, brother, and sister. That was when a woman stopped her, and asked "Excuse me, is your name Ruth Becker"?. When Ruth answered "Yes, it is", the woman told her, "Well your mother has been looking everywhere for you". At that point Ruth was reunited with her family.
 
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Matthew Nicholas Clover

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John,

I know that it didn't lasted long before Ruth was put in lifeboat 13. But Nellie actually did screamed and jumped on the lifeboat. But yes, she did say that here children were on the boat.
 
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