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Vera Dick

Vera Dick
Vera Dick

Mrs Albert Adrian Dick (Vera Gillespie), 17, was born in Calgary, Alberta, 12 June 1894, the daughter of Frederick William Gillespie and his wife Annie.

Vera Gillespie married Albert Adrian Dick on 31 May 1911, the same day as the Titanic was launched.

They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as first class passengers (Cabin B-20, ticket number 17474, £57).

The couple were rescued in lifeboat 3.

Vera Dick (née Gillespie) died in Banff, Alta. on 7 October 1973.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Vera Dick (née Gillespie)
Age: 17 years 10 months and 3 days (Female)
Nationality: Canadian
Marital Status: Married to Albert Adrian Dick
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17474, £57
Cabin No. B20
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Sunday 7th October 1973 aged 79 years
Cause of Death:

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Newspaper Articles

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (19 April 1912) Husband and wife saved
Mr. And Mrs. A.A. Dick were Luckily Hustled Into Lifeboat Together.
New York Herald (19 April 1912) WOMAN SURVIVOR HEARD SHOOTING
Banker Went to His Death Like a Man
Calgary Herald (30 April 1912) MR. AND MRS. DICK REACH HOME

Documents and Certificates

(1973) Vera Dick (Death Certificate)
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  1. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    In Calgary Herald August 26 1996 there was an interview with Mr. Bruce van Norman. Van Norman s grandmother was Vera Dick on the Titanic. According to van Norman, Vera was saved because she would not go in the boats without her husband. The daughter to the couple Dick, Gilda, died in Calgary at age 77 in 1992. According to the obituary about Vera Dick in the Albertian Oct 7 1973, she had three great grandchildren. They must be children to Bruce van Norman?

  2. Alan Hustak

    Alan Hustak said:

    They are. Last I heard they live in Seattle. There are several stories about how they were saved. Gilda told me that during the trip, a young steward had a crush on her mother, much to Bert Dick's annoyance...it was the steward that saw to it that both Mr. and Mrs. Dick were saved.

  3. Alan Hustak

    Alan Hustak said:

    To my delight, I have just discovered an account of the sinking by Bert and Vera Dick published by Maclean's Magazine, May 1, 1950 - "When That Great Ship Went Down" by Ray Gardner. Kinda pre-dates Walter's book. For those interested, there is also another piece from Maclean's,Nov 21, 1959, by Sir James Bissitt, "I watched the Titanic Rescue..."

  4. John M. Feeney

    John M. Feeney said:

    Alan: Good finds! Is Bisset's article basically a promotion for "Tramps and Ladies" (same year), or is it a quite independent "telling"?

  5. Alan Hustak

    Alan Hustak said:

    It is an independent telling, John. No metion of Tramps and Ladies, all it says is that he was known as "Lucky Bisset, who went to sea at the age of 15. In all of my dealings with the Dicks I never heard tell before that Bert "had been badly clipped by professional gamblers in Naples..." Maybe that is why is wife was cheesed off at him aboard Titanic.

  6. John M. Feeney

    John M. Feeney said:

    Thanks, Alan: Regarding Bert's gambling misadventure and any subsequent familial fallout -- Yep, I imagine that could do it! :-) (Time for some new Inter-library loan requests.)

  7. Alan Hustak

    Alan Hustak said:

    You can find both accounts in a book called In the Face of Disaster, True Stories of Canadian Heroism from the Archives of Mcleans, published by Penquin books. isbn-0-14-028804-x

  8. Janicole

    Janicole said:

    does anybody have any other then a profile shot?

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Alan Hustak, Canada
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