Saturday, January 12, 2008
Archibald Gracie the fourth was born on January 17th, 1856, in Mobile, Alabama. Gracie’s father was killed in the Civil War at the battle of Chikamauga. Gracie earned the family fortune and lived in Washington D.C. When he was 53, Gracie was going on the R.M.S. Oceanic to Europe without his wife and daughter. he later decided to come home on the Titanic. Gracie discovered he was out of shape so he spent most of his time in the gym. Gracie also made many friends like were R.C Cornell, John Murray Brown, Miss Edith Evans, and E.D. Appleton and her husband. Gracie spent most of his time with Mr. and Mrs. Isador Strauss talking about their connection in the Civil War(See Until Death Do Us Part. On April 14th, 1912, Gracie was awakened by a jolt and found ice in his cabin. Mr. Wright, Gracie’s friend also was disturbed and they both found out the ship was doomed. Then the two helped women and children into the boats until the last Lifeboat left. Gracie and Wright were on deck when water surged up. Both men scrambled on top of the bridge until water washed them away. Gracie was able to climb upon Collapsible B after being nearly sucked down, but Wright disappeared. Gracie’s coat was sucking him down, but he escaped the pressure and was pulled in Collapsible B and survived. Gracie later wrote a book called The Truth About The Titanic, but he died on December 4th, 1912 because of damage to his lungs and heart and the salt water made one ear drum burst and hopelessly clogged the other ear and didn’t finish his book. Archibald Gracie was the third survivor of the Titanic that had died. His last words were, "We must Get Them All Into The Boats".