Titanic is, without a doubt, one of the most famous films of all time. Released in 1997, Steven Spielberg’s feature went down in history as the first film to earn $1 billion at the box office. After all, no one can resist the love story experienced by Jack and Rose. However, the plot does not tell some interesting details about the survivors of the maritime accident in real life.
The movie Titanic hit theaters in the 90s, but the original ship sailed from England on April 10, 1912. The most famous shipwreck of all time happened 5 days later on April 15. More than 1500 people died.
In theaters, the cast of Titanic was led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The film also featured Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher and Victor Garber.
We’ve listed below 7 interesting details about the Titanic survivors that Steven Spielberg’s movie doesn’t tell; check out.
a famous passenger
In Titanic, the most famous survivor is definitely Molly Brown. In Steven Spielberg’s film, the real-life character is played by Kathy Bates. However, a certain passenger on the ship comes close to Molly’s fame. This is Ella Holmes White, an interesting historical figure described as “bold” and “talwart”.
A wealthy resident of New York, White traveled with her “companion” Marie Grace Young. However, many historians believe that the pair were actually a couple. White carried an interesting cane, decorated with a small electric lamp – a great novelty at the time of the Titanic.
The surviving dogs
Currently, it is believed that 1504 people died in the sinking of the Titanic. A lot of people forget, but in addition to humans, the ship also carried some animals. In all, 12 dogs traveled on the ocean liner – and at least three of them survived the accident. At the time, pets also paid for a ticket, at the same price as the children’s ticket.
The three dogs that survived the sinking of the Titanic were two Pomeranians and a Pekingese. One of the lulus was named Lady, and it belonged to a 24-year-old woman named Margaret Hays. The other was by Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild. The Pekingese, in turn, was called Sun Yat-Sen, and he accompanied Henry Sleeper Harper.
The Titanic Musicians
In one of the most emotional scenes in Titanic, the ship’s band decides to continue playing in the midst of the wreck. This happened in real life. According to historians’ analysis, the musicians played for about 2 hours after the ship’s collision with the Titanic. But after all: what were the last songs played by the transatlantic orchestra?
The leader of the Titanic band was called Wallace Hartley. According to historian George Behe, the musician had told a colleague that if he was on a shipwreck, he would play the songs “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past”. But according to a passenger on the ship, the last song played by the band was a Christian hymn called “Autumn” (Autumn).
Were the passengers stranded on the Titanic?
In one of Titanic’s most outrageous moments, third-class passengers are stranded on the ship’s deck while rich first-class passengers are taken to lifeboats. The scene went down in cinema history, but everything indicates that it didn’t happen in real life. In fact, according to historians, each subdivision of the ship had its own boats.
There was a division between first and third class passengers, but it did not serve to “trap” the poorest travelers. In fact, it was created as a result of American immigration laws, which at the time prohibited the interaction between immigrants and other passengers – for fear of the spread of disease.
Who was the richest passenger on the Titanic?
Disparities between social classes represent one of the main themes of Titanic. In Steven Spielberg’s film, third-class passengers are confined to the lower parts of the ship, while first-class travelers enjoy luxurious cabins and elite parties. The poorest passengers on the Titanic were immigrants, who traveled to the United States in search of a better life.
But after all, who was the richest passenger on the Titanic? This is John Jacob Astor IV. He also appears in the film, played by Eric Braeden. At the time, Astor was considered the richest man in the world. In analysis by historians, the tycoon’s fortune is valued at 150 million dollars. Today, the value amounts to 3.5 billion dollars.
The woman who survived three shipwrecks
One of the passengers on the Titanic was young Violet Jessop, who was 25 years old at the time of the disaster. She was a nurse and flight attendant. Lucky, she managed to survive the shipwreck that killed more than a thousand people. However, this was not the only maritime accident experienced by Violet. Years earlier, she had already experienced another aquatic trauma.
Violet Jessop was aboard the ship Olympic when it collided with HMS Hawke in 1911. The ship did not sink, but was badly damaged in the accident. 5 years later, Violet boarded the HMHS Britannic – nicknamed the Titanic. Unfortunately for the nurse, the ship was also involved in a maritime accident and ended up sinking. Violet has escaped death once again. In fact, she only passed away at the age of 84.
One of the most controversial aspects of Titanic is the fact that Rose survived even after being adrift in the ocean. In the real-life accident, a woman actually managed to escape death by jumping off the ship into the freezing waters of the Atlantic. A third-class passenger, Rosa Abbott boarded the ship accompanied by her children – who unfortunately died in the sinking.
But Rose survived. After spending hours floating in the ocean, she was rescued by a lifeboat. Traumatized and in hypothermia, Abbott even lost (momentarily) the movement of her legs. She was hospitalized for weeks after the accident, but eventually managed to return to her hometown of Providence, where she was cared for by a religious institution.
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