26Dead Bodies of Titanic Disaster
Ships sent to retrieve the dead bodies of the victims of the Titanic disaster found so many bodies that they ran out of embalming supplies. They decided to only bring back the bodies of first-class passengers because "wealthy men needed to be identified visually to settle disputes over large estates."
27. A rescue ship at the Titanic's sinking retrieved a dead infant from the sea who could not be identified. The ship's sailors paid for a graveside monument dedicated to the Unknown Child. In 2007, DNA testing showed the child to be from an English family of six, the Goodwins, who all drowned.
28. When the Titanic went down, its shipping company stopped paying the crew but charged families the freight costs of shipping the bodies back. Most couldn't afford it, which is why there are so many memorials rather than graves for the more than 500 crewmen from Southampton who died aboard the ship.
29. Not a single engineer made it off the Titanic; they stayed and kept the power on so others could escape.
30. One of the two co-owners and founders of Macy's died on the Titanic, along with his wife, because he refused to board rescue ships before women and children were helped. His wife chose to stay behind because she did not want to abandon her husband, so they both died aboard the Titanic.
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Loraine Allison was the only child from first class to die on the Titanic. She had remained with her parents on the ship looking for her baby brother, who, unknown to them, had already safely left in a lifeboat with his nanny.
32. The richest man that drowned on the Titanic, John Jacob Astor IV, left his wife a five-million-dollar fund, the use of his mansion in New York, one of his limos, and five of his prize horses on the condition she wouldn't remarry. She remarried after his death.
33. Almost a month after the Titanic sank, a lifeboat from it containing three decomposed bodies was found 200 miles away.
34. Rhoda Abbott was the only woman to survive being in the freezing water after the ship submerged. This 39-year-old divorcee was traveling in 3rd class with her teenage sons, and when it was her turn to enter the lifeboat, she realized that her sons would be denied a spot and, stepping back, refused a place in the lifeboat. She went down with the ship and was rescued, but her sons were lost.
35. There's a picture of the iceberg that sank the Titanic, taken by the chief steward of the ocean liner Prinz Adalbert on the morning of April 15, 1912. He left a note on the photo saying he saw "plainly visible" red paint on the iceberg that appeared to have been left by the scraping of a vessel.
Berthe Mayne was a Belgian singer who claimed to her family that she survived the Titanic's sinking by traveling first class as the mistress of a young Canadian millionaire. No one believed her until after her death, when her belongings and correspondence corroborated the story.
37. Katherine Gilnagh was a Titanic survivor who was 16 when the ship sank. She didn't realize the seriousness of the ship's situation until she reached New York. She thought that disembarking in lifeboats and being picked up by another ship were all part of the journey.
38. The second officer of the Titanic, Charles Lightoller, swam from the sinking ship to a capsized raft and lived. Later in life, he sailed his civilian boat to Dunkirk and helped get over 130 people out of the area.
39. Frank Goldsmith, Jr., a Titanic survivor who later lived near Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) in Detroit, never took his children to baseball games because the roar of the crowd reminded him of the screams of people dying in the freezing water.
40. The only children to survive the Titanic without a parent were two brothers, aged 2 and 4. Their father abducted them from his ex-wife and boarded the ship under a false name. The father didn't survive, and for weeks, the boys were known as the Titanic Orphans until their mother was found.
41The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown
Molly Brown survived the Titanic and was rescued by the Carpathia. Aboard the Carpathia, a battered Brown did what she could to help the other survivors, including raising money from the wealthy to help poor passengers. Her acts of heroism earned her the nickname "the unsinkable Mrs. Brown."
42. Masabumi Hosono, the only Japanese who survived the Titanic. He later lost his job back home because he was known as a coward in Japan for not dying with the other passengers.
43. Annie Robinson was a stewardess who survived the Titanic's sinking. She suffered from such severe PTSD after the disaster that she committed suicide less than three years later on the SS Devonian after reacting to the ship's whistle.
44. Lillian Asplund was the third-to-last living survivor of the Titanic disaster and the last survivor with firsthand memories of the event. The Titanic officially faded from living memory and entered history with her death in 2006.
45. The violin that was played as the Titanic sank was rediscovered in an attic and auctioned off for $1.6 million in 2013.
46Titanic's Hull Exhibition
In 1998, part of the hull of the Titanic was recovered and is now displayed in a casino. Visitors are given a "boarding pass" with the name of a passenger and find out the fate of their passenger at the end of the exhibition.
47. Imanita Parrish Shelley was one of the people who lived through the sinking of the Titanic. She later gave an affidavit in which she complained about everything, including how she was taken to safety as the ship went down.
48. 97% of the women in first class on the Titanic survived, while only 32% of the passengers as a whole did.
49. The wreck of the Titanic is disappearing at such a rate that it's estimated to be completely gone in about 30 years. A microorganism called Halomonas titanicae (also called the "steel-munching bacteria") is slowly eating away the iron of the ship's wreck, causing its deterioration.
50. Titanic survivor Jack Thayer wrote an account of its sinking in 1940 that was so accurate that it helped Robert Ballard pinpoint where the wreck of the ship was in 1985.