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Dorothy Gibson in The Lucky Holdup

Shared on 16th December 2018

A unique 8-minute fragment of film from 1912 featuring the Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson will screen for Encyclopedia Titanica members on Monday 17th Dec...— Read more...

Dorothy Gibson in The Lucky Holdup

Who were the first Titanic Survivors to die?

Shared on 10th December 2018

Despite surviving the sinking of the Titanic, some of the rescued would not have long to live... the first passed away only three months after the disaster.  Find out who were the first Titanic survivors to die.

Who were the first Titanic Survivors to die?

The Staircase at Crakemarsh Hall

Shared on 6th December 2018

When First Class Passenger Tyrell Cavendish descended the grand staircase on the Titanic, perhaps he was reminded of the staircase at his family home, Crakemarsh Hall.  The two had many similarities.  Crakemarsh Hall is sadly now demolished but you can buy the staircase from an architectural salvage yard in England... for a mere £64,000.

Crakemarsh Stair 1

Crakemarsh Stair 2 Crakemarsh Stair 3

The Staircase at Crakemarsh Hall

A dangerous and suspicious character

Shared on 4th December 2018

Titanic Passenger "E Haven"... "swell gambler" and notorious crook shown in a 1906 mugshot. Harry Haven Homer a "dangerous and suspicious character" survived the Titanic wreck to continue his life of crime...

A dangerous and suspicious character

Egyptian fortune teller foretold death

Shared on 3rd December 2018

While Dickinson and Helen Bishop were honeymooning in Egypt a fortune teller had divined her future. She would survive a shipwreck and an earthquake before an automobile accident would end her life. "We have to be rescued, she told others in her lifeboat, "for the rest of my prophecy to come true."    Read the rest of Helen's story to find out if it did.

Egyptian fortune teller foretold death

Misery at Home (Nędza w domu)

Shared on 30th November 2018

Judge supports a woman who lost her husband in the Titanic catastrophe.— Read more...

Misery at Home (Nędza w domu)

The Titanic Babies

Shared on 24th November 2018

The Unborn babies of the TitanicTitanic passengers who were pregnant at the time of the sinking and the many male passengers and crew who became posthumous fathers.

The Titanic Babies

Titanic pseudonyms and fake ID!

Shared on 23rd November 2018

From gamblers keeping a low profile to prominent socialites avoiding the glare of publicity to lovers on the run... A surprising number of Titanic passengers and crew used a false identity... so Who was Who on the Titanic?

Titanic pseudonyms and fake ID!

Meet the Titanic survivors who lived to be more than 100...

Shared on 20th November 2018

Five Titanic survivors made it to 100 years of age, and more than 60 reached 90 years. Discover who were Titanic's longest surviving survivors...

Meet the Titanic survivors who lived to be more than 100...

Titanic survivor, confectioner... wife beater?

Shared on 20th November 2018

The tragic story of Philip Zenni who saved his own skin but ultimately lost his family.

Titanic survivor, confectioner... wife beater?

Survivor Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie

Shared on 19th November 2018

The care-worn face of survivor Charlotte Collyer, having lost her husband in the disaster. She died herself just four years later leaving her daughter Marjorie orphaned.

Survivor Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie

Film of Titanic Survivor and Wimbledon tennis champion

Shared on 19th November 2018

As well as surviving the Titanic Richard Norris Williams was a successful Tennis player, watch a video of him here at the 1924 Wimbledon Championships, although on this occasion he lost. 


The only Japanese passenger on the Titanic

Shared on 19th November 2018

The nightmare of near-death became a nightmare of survival for Masabumi Hosono the only Japanese passenger on Titanic.

The only Japanese passenger on the Titanic

The Unfortunate Countess Urbina

Shared on 12th November 2018

Sometimes the stories around the Titanic are as amazing as the Titanic story itself!

Take the tale of Countess Urbina. Let us list her misfortunes:

Lost one daughter when she fell down a lift shaft and was crushed. Almost lost her first husband (Colonel Archibald Gracie) on the Titanic. He was rescued but died later the same year from the effects of his ordeal. Lost her third child and possibly a newly born grandchild in the influenza epidemic (oh, and both her other daughters also predeceased her) in 1919. Lost her half of the family fortune in a brokerage collapse... and then lost the other half to her late daughter's husband thanks to the highly suspicious disappearance of a will that, she claimed, left the money to her.

The final catastrophe, other than her own death, due to a fall, in 1937, was the realisation that her husband, Count Urbina, wasn't a count at all. Just a golddigger who tied her up and tried to suffocate her then locked her in a bathroom before stealing her money and jewels and fleeing on a steamboat to Chile.

The Unfortunate Countess Urbina

Cashing in on a Titanic funeral

Shared on 10th November 2018

Even a Titanic funeral had commercial value. An advert for the film of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley's Funeral.

Wonder if the film still exists?

Cashing in on a Titanic funeral

Killed in a boiler explosion

Shared on 30th October 2018

One of several Titanic crew members to survive the Titanic but die in subsequent shipwrecks... Frederick Scott killed in a boiler explosion aboard the La Marguerite in 1915

Killed in a boiler explosion

Who occupied the finest suite on the Titanic?

Shared on 25th October 2018

Charlotte Cardeza booked the most expensive suite on the Titanic... she survived with her son and servants. Her biography is worth looking at for the views of her modest home Montebello!

Who occupied the finest suite on the Titanic?

The rich widows' friend

Shared on 27th September 2018

Dr Ernest Moraweck befriended rich widow Magdalena Hasse; when she died she bequeathed him a villa in Germany. He was returning to America on the Titanic having dealt with the property and the disgruntled relatives of Frau Hasse.

The rich widows' friend

A portrait of Miss Edith Corse Evans

Shared on 21st September 2018

The face, immortalised in pastel, of one of only four first-class women to die: Edith Corse Evans.

A portrait of Miss Edith Corse Evans

Surviving Titanic became grounds for divorce

Shared on 19th September 2018

William Ernest Carter might have survived the Titanic, but his marriage could not survive the allegations that he abandoned his family as the ship went down and of abuse and cruelty toward his wife Lucile... within a few months of the divorce she had married again.

Surviving Titanic became grounds for divorce

Message in a bottle

Shared on 18th September 2018

Jeremiah Burke died on the Titanic, on his birthday. One year later, in the early summer of 1913, a postman walking his dog found a small bottle on a shingle beach near Cork Harbour. Inside was a pencilled message...

Message in a bottle

Dog fanciers on the Titanic

Shared on 17th September 2018

Nella Goldenberg and her husband were well-known dog fanciers, the Goldenberg's kennel name was "Nellcote" and they would often judge in shows and reared English Toy Spaniels and French Bulldogs. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg on 10 April 1912 as first class passengers.

Dog fanciers on the Titanic

Titanic's baddest boys and girls

Shared on 4th September 2018

Murder, bigamy, assault, spying, slavery, child abduction, smuggling, reckless driving, drunkenness, sedition and sodomy... just a few of the activities that Titanic passengers and crew indulged in. Discover the sordid truth...

Titanic's baddest boys and girls

A young newsboy and an iconic image

Shared on 1st February 2018

Perhaps one of the most evocative images of the Titanic disaster is that of the young newsboy outside the White Star Line offices in London, holding an Evening News poster announcing Titanic Disaster Great Loss of Life. Read the tragically short life story of the Boy in the Picture.

A young newsboy and an iconic image

Dr Frauenthal's leap for life and death

Shared on 28th January 2018

Eminent surgeon, Dr Henry Frauenthal survived when he leapt into a lifeboat; landing on top of Annie Stengel breaking several of her ribs, fifteen years later he would fall to his death from a New York apartment building...

Dr Frauenthal's leap for life and death

Always the bride...

Shared on 17th January 2018

Virginia Estelle Clark married (#1) Walter Miller Clark, widowed in the Titanic disaster, married to #2 the same year, divorced #2 and married #3, divorced #3 and married #2 again... try to keep up!

Always the bride...

Video : Titanic's Propellers as they are today

Shared on 20th November 2016

On an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic the MIR submersible approaches the Titanic's propellers buried deep in the silt.


Film of Captain Smith on the RMS Olympic in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

Captain Smith filmed on the deck of the RMS Olympic, after her maiden arrival in New York, summer 1911.


Film: Captain Rostron in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

Captain Rostron of the RMS Carpathia after arrival in New York.


Video: The Carpathia at her berth in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

RMS Carpathia at her berth in New York after returning the Titanic survivors.


William Thomas Stead: The Biofix Pictures

Shared on 23rd July 2004

A curiosity from 1912. Journalist WT Stead, victim of the Titanic, adopting a series of 'characteristic poses'.— Read more...

William Thomas Stead: The Biofix Pictures

Sketch of Titanic Sinking

Shared on 2nd November 2001

Sketch of the Titanic sinking by survivor Leo James Hyland— Read more...

Sketch of Titanic Sinking