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Friday, April 24, 2009

Know Your Stuff! 5

Q. Who survived the Titanic and 4 other predicaments before dying of Renal Failure?

A. R. Norris Williams

B. Joseph Bruce Ismay

C. Gus Cohen

D. Helen Bishop

Q. What school teacher wrote a famous account of his experiences on the Titanic?

A. Annie Funk

B. William T. Stead

C. Charles Lightoller

D. Lawrence Beesely

Q. What was the first recognizable thing seen that identified the last resting place of the Titanic?

A. Boiler

B. China

C. Bell

D. Railing

Q. What man that died on the Titanic was supposed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

A. John Jacob Astor

B. Archibald Butt

C. Benjamin Guggenheim

D. Isador Strauss

Q. What type of car was on the Titanic?

A. Ford Model T

B. French Renault

C. Hupp-Yeats

D. Mercer

(The answer is in the post, "Titanic Automobile")

Q. Who was the only man that was colored (black) on board the Titanic?

A. Shine

B. Fredrick Douglas

C. Joseph Laroche

D. Martin King

Q. Who wrote the electrifying account of the Titanic in a book called "A Night To Remember"?

A. Archibald Gracie

B. Lawrence Beesely

C. Walter Lord

D. Stanley Lord

(Answer these questions by clicking on the links provided)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Millvina Dean Sells Mail Bag And Receives It Back

The auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, featured memorabilia belonging to 97-year-old Millvina Dean. She was lowered to safety from the deck of the sinking cruise liner as a two-month-old baby. Ms Dean faces monthly bills of £3,000 at her Southampton nursing home and sold a canvas bag from her rescue which raised £1,500. The bag was used to carry her belongings back to England from New York after she, her mother and two-year-old brother were rescued. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told BBC News: "There's a really nice story to this. A young man from London bought it, paid the money and then told us he wanted it returned to Ms Dean." Ms Dean's father perished in the icy waters of the north Atlantic, one of 1,517 to die when the ship sank in 1912. Also included in the sale at Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers was a flask another passenger on the ill-fated ship used to give hot milk to his wife and two daughters. This lot sold for £37,500. The provenance states the man shinned down the rope of a rescue boat to hand over the flask, before returning to the deck and perishing as the ship went down. A chunky key to a door on the ship's E deck was sold for just under £60,000 - and was the most expensive item sold. A letter from a Henry Wilde on Titanic notepaper went for £27,000, and another by passenger Adolf Saalfeld, reached almost £28,000. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the sale had gone well. "We had several hundred people in the sale room and interest in the auction was very good, as is the case with our Titanic auctions. "Overall, we've raised a very substantial sum."

(This article is from BBC News)

(This act of kindness I really like and if the man that did this act is reading this, I say God Bless).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anne Isham

Anne Elizabeth Isham was born on January 25, 1862 in Cook County, Illinois. Her father was Edward Isham and her mother was Frances Burch Isham. She had two brothers named Pierrepont and Edward Jr. along with a sister, Frances named after her mother. Edward Sr. had a law firm with Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln and major general of General Grant during the Civil War. She was a bashful girl and woman. She began living abroad at the age of 41, and lived her older sister Frances in Paris, France. She was in Cherbourg, France now at the age of 50 when she boarded the Titanic bound for home in America. There is a legend that she brought a Great Dane which she had raised since it was a pup and used for companionship. However, that was started by Marty Crisp when she wrote "White Star: A Dog on the Titanic" and is not true. She knew the Ryersons of Philadelphia, who were returning to America to attend their son's funeral. However, we don't know whether or not they met. Mrs. Ryerson stayed in her cabin most of the voyage and went out only once. Mr. Ryerson died when the Titanic sank, so we can't tell whether or not they met. She also had a cabin (C-49) next to Archibald Gracie although he claimed to have never seen her during the voyage. She died during the sinking, and her body was never recovered. No one knows how she died. It's possible that she was never woken up and locked in when the cabins were locked by the stewards to prevent burglars. There is a memorial erected by her relatives in her honor, in Vermont.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

97 Anniversary

Today is the 97th Anniversary of the Titanic's last day. According to my clock now, it's around 9:00 P.M. By now, some passengers would have retired to bed while the men in 1st class would have gone to the smoking room playing cards, smoking, drinking brandy, and talking about politics. In 2nd class, men would have been doing the same or in their cabins. Lawrence Beasely was reading in his cabin. In 3rd class, there would have been some dancing, music, and men would have played cards while smoking. The women probably would have sat on the benches talking while the children were dancing and playing. There is one account that says that a mouse ran across the floor which caused the women to scream and stand on the benches while the boys tried to catch it. At 11:40 P.M., Fredrick Fleet (a survivor) spotted an iceberg directly in the Titanic's path. He rang the bell and called the bridge. 6th officer James Moody (who perished) answered the phone and relayed the report to 1st officer Murdoch (who also perished), in charge of the bridge during that time. The ship tried to swing towards port and just as it looked like Titanic would clear it, it struck putting holes in the 6 compartments when it could only take damage to 4 compartments. This meant that the weight of the water would drag the Titanic down, spilling into the next compartment. After they realized the ship was doomed, they ordered the boats swung out. All the boats except for two were lowered. The two collapsibles on top of the officer's quarters. The water swept up as the boats came crashing down on the deck. Collapsible B was overturned and A was swamped. These two boats would save around 25-30. Soon after, the 1st funnel fell on men including the richest man on the ship, John Jacob Astor. After that, the heart of the ship, the Grand Staircase flooded. This was at 2:10 A.M. The 2nd funnel disappears underwater later to fall. The stern rose up, and then the lights went out, flickered, and went out for all eternity. The stern detached between the 3rd and 4th funnel and fell back almost even. The bow still a little attached to the stern, pulled the stern under. The stern was almost perpendicular like a finger pointing to heaven. Then, the stern very slowly disappeared from sight at 2:20 A.M. leaving 1,500 people in pitched dark and in the icy 28 degree waters. 705 people were in the lifeboats listening to the horrific cries as people died and only one came back 20 minutes later to save only 4 people.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Molly Brown Mansion

(Let me just say that I've never visited the Brown home, but I want to. All this information is by research in books and from the internet.)

The Brown Home was built in the 1889 by William Lange and commissioned by Isaac and Mary Large when people began moving west. It is in an important area of Denver, at Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, please keep in mind that this is in Denver and not Washington D.C. It is Victorian Style, and is 7,500 square feet. As seen above, the house's exterior is composed of stone and wood with wooden Victorian/Gothic style touches and statues of lions. The inside has beautiful features. It has copper ceilings, statues, and grand chandeliers. It had also oak paneling that was very elaborate, hand woven carpets, elegant stained glass windows, gilt on the grand piano, marble fireplaces, a polar bear carpet, even silver dollars cemented in the floor. After she died in 1932, the home was sold to another owner and then, recent owners learned that it was owned by the very famous Molly Brown who survived the Titanic, ran for the U.S. Senate, and did very much for charity. So, they turned it into a museum where it is open today for tours. The house is claimed to be haunted, with Mr. Brown's tobacco being smelt in the living room, a figure being seen in a bedroom, and other mysterious things happening. If you're ever in Denver, Colorado, please visit it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rebuild Titanic?

There are plans to rebuild the Titanic, in a non-profit organization to help needy and sick children. It will be called the S.S. Titan. Their goal is to honor those that died on board and to help those today. I support this idea, all the way through. It is at least better than those plans to build a Titanic on dry land in Finland, just to put a hotel, shopping center, and restaurant inside, and doesn't have the slightest pity for the 1500 souls that died. This ship would be a masterpiece, if built. I really hope that it does. So far, all plans to rebuild the Titanic have failed.