These are 10 Real People Who Died on the Titanic sinking. Hear the saddest Titanic stories of passengers who died.
RMS Titanic, April 14th, 1912. Most passengers were fast asleep, blissfully unaware of the nightmare they would soon wake up to. This is MajorTop10 and I invite you to join me in honoring the lives of these 10 Real People Who Died on the Titanic.
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1. Ann Elizabeth Isham had a Great Dane, who was one of 12 dogs aboard the Titanic. Legend has it that Ann gave up her spot on a lifeboat because her dog wasn’t allowed to come, and she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him behind. Ann was later found dead with her dog wrapped tightly in her arms.
2. Benjamin Guggenheim actually slept through Titanic’s collision with the iceberg, but was awakened by his mistress Leontine Aubart, who had felt the collision. Guggenheim donned his evening suit and remarked, “We’ve dressed in our best and are prepared to go down as gentlemen!” He was last seen with his valet in the Grand Staircase foyer, lounging in a deck chair, sipping brandy, and smoking his last cigar.
3. John Jacob Astor IV, the richest man aboard the Titanic, didn’t believe the Titanic collision was serious. In fact, he and his family were obliviously riding the mechanical horses in the Titanic gymnasium as the first lifeboats were being loaded. Astor was last seen alive smoking a cigarette alongside American journalist and mystery writer, Jacques Futrelle.
4. Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s, and his wife Ida were both offered spots on a lifeboat, but selflessly refused, preferring the lives of other Titanic passengers over their own. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the couple standing together on deck arm in arm, ready to face death together.
5. Jack Phillips, the British senior wireless operator aboard the Titanic, had just celebrated his 25th birthday on the second day of the Titanic voyage. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Phillips frantically sent out distress signals until 2:00 am the next morning when Captain Smith came and relieved him of his duties. Phillips was last seen racing towards the aft of the Titanic, and never made it off the ship.
6. Thomas Andrews, the British architect in charge of designing the Titanic, was a first-class passenger on the Titanic and probably knew the ship better than anyone else. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Captain Smith ordered Andrews to inspect the damage. Andrews, realizing the Titanic was doomed to sink, made haste to put passengers on the lifeboats.
7. The Unknown Child remained unidentified until 2008 when a DNA analysis conducted revealed his identity as Sidney Leslie Goodwin. Sidney, who was only 19 months old at the time of the Titanic sinking, was the son of Frederick Joseph Goodwin and Augusta Tyler from England. Sadly, the entire Goodwin family, who had been traveling as third-class passengers, perished in the sinking.
8. Bessie Waldo Allison and her daughter Loraine were placed on a lifeboat and would have left the Titanic safely, but Bessie ran off the lifeboat in a panic to look for Trevor, her other child. Unbeknownst to Bessie, Trevor was safe on another lifeboat with the family nurse. Regrettably, Bessie never found her son Trevor, and she died in the Titanic sinking.
9. Elin Gerda Lindell was a Swedish third-class passenger emigrating to the United States with her husband Edvard. As the Titanic sank, they both managed to reach collapsible A, but Elin fell in the water, and Edvard was too weak to pull her out. As Elin drowned, Edvard watched helplessly while tightly clutching Elin’s wedding ring. Edvard died from the cold with his wife’s wedding ring still in his hand.
10. Annie Clemmer Funk was asleep in her cabin when the Titanic struck the iceberg. She was about to take the last seat on one of the lifeboats, when a distraught woman came pushing her aside and yelling, “My children, my children.” Annie allowed the woman to take the last seat on the lifeboat and took her place alongside the more than 1,500 people anxiously awaiting that terrible moment when the Titanic would plunge beneath those murky and frigid waters.
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