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Madame Aubart was aboard Titanic with her lover, Benjamin Guggemheim   Leave a comment

Name: Mme. Léontine Pauline Aubart
Born: Friday, May 20, 1887
Age: 24 years
Last Residence: 17 Le Seuer Street Paris, France
Occupation: Singer
1st Class   passenger
First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 17477, £69 6s ($109.75)
Cabin No.: B35
Rescued (lifeboat #9)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912
Died: Thursday, October 29, 1964

A Singer, Mme. Aubart lived at 17 Rue Le Sueur, in Paris, France. She was the mistress of millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim who was also aboard.

After coming aboard the Carpathia she sent the following telegram to Paris on April 18, 1912:

Aubart 42 rue Monge Paris
Moi sauvee mais Ben perdu (I’m saved but Ben lost) – Referring to her lover, Benjamin Guggenheim. Mrs. Guggenheim was at home in America.

Later in her life, it is said that Madame Aubart threw parties that had to be busted up by the police.


Lover of Benjamin Guggenheim

Madame Aubart


Posted February 28, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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The richest couple on the Titanic: Mr. & Mrs. John J. Astor   Leave a comment

Name: Colonel John Jacob Astor & wife Mrs. Madeleine Talmage Astor (née Force)
Born: Wednesday, July   13, 1864 & Monday, June   19, 1893
Age: 47 years 9 months and 2 days & 18 years 9 months and 27 days
Last Residence: in New York City, New York
Occupation: Property Developer / Real Estate
1st Class passenger
First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday, April   10, 1912
Ticket No. 17757 , £247 10s 6d each, or $781.46
Cabin No.: C62/64

Mr.   Astor:
Died in the sinking.
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 124)
Buried: Trinity Cemetery New York City, New York

Mrs.   Astor:

Rescued in lifeboat #4
Disembarked the Carpathia: New York City on Thursday April 18,1912
Died: Wednesday, March 27, 1940
Cause of Death: Heart   Failure / Disease
Buried: New York City, New York

Mr. Astor wrote a novel called “A Journey in Other Worlds” In 1894. He also developed several mechanical devices including a bicycle brake, helped to develop the turbine engine, and invented a pneumatic road-improver. In 1897 he built the Astoria Hotel, New York next to the Waldorf Hotel which had been built by his cousin. The hotel is now known as the Waldorf-Astoria. He also owned two other hotels: the Hotel St. Regis in 1905 and the Knickerbocker in 1906.  It is estimated that he was worth around $5 million at the time of his death, making him the richest man aboard the Titanic.

On May 1, 1891, Mr. Astor was married to Ava and together they had a son and a daughter. In 1909 Mr. Astor and Ava divorced. Two years later he married 18 year old Madeleine Force, who was pregnant with his child at the time. They decided to stay abroad that spring, in order to let the gossip die down in America. Mr. and Mrs. Astor travelled to Egypt & Paris and decided to return home as passengers on the ill-fated Titanic.

Even as the lifeboats were being loaded Astor dismissed the idea of trading the solid decks of the ship for a lifeboat, saying: “We are safer here than in that little boat.” He changed his mind by 1:45 am, when Astor helped his wife onto lifeboat #4 and then asked if he could join her because of her condition. He was told that no men could get on a lifeboat until all the women & children had been loaded. After boat 4 was lowered at 1:55 am, Mr. Astor stood alone on the boat deck of the Titanic. This is the last reported information about Mr. Astor’s condition or whereabouts.

Mr. Astor’s body was recovered on Monday, April 22, by the McKay Bennett ship, which reported the following:


CLOTHING – Blue serge suit; blue handkerchief with “A.V.”; belt with gold buckle; brown boots with red rubber soles; brown flannel shirt; “J.J.A.” on back of collar.

EFFECTS – Gold watch; cuff links, gold with diamond; diamond ring with three stones; £225 in English notes; $2440 in notes; £5 in gold; 7s. in silver; 5 ten franc pieces; gold pencil; pocketbook.


Mr. Astor’s body was delivered to New York City on May 1, 1912. He was buried at the Trinity Cemetery, in New York City.

The richest couple aboard the Titanic

The richest couple aboard the Titanic

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The Titanic was carrying 2223 souls when it sank, and out of those 1517 died. 130 first class passengers died, 166 second class passengers died, and 536 third class passengers died. Most of the third class women and children died and most of the first and second class women and children lived. So sad.

I will start with the first class passengers now, highlighting a few at a time.

Name: Miss Elisabeth Walton Allen

Born: Sunday 1st October 1882 in St. Louis, Mo.

Age: 29 years

Marital Status: Single

Last Residence: in St. Louis, Mo.

1st Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 24160 £211 ($334.94)

Cabin No.: B5

Rescued in lifeboat #2

Disembarked the Carpathia in NYC on Thursday, April 18, 1912

Died: Friday, December 15, 1967

Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease


Name: Mr Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison

Born: Friday, December 9, 1881

Age: 30 years

Marital Status: Married.

Last Residence: in Montreal, Québéc, Canada

Occupation: Businessman 1st Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 113781 , £151 ($239.71)

Cabin No.: C22/26

Died in the sinking

Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (#135)

Buried: Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, Ontario, Canada


Name: Mrs Bessie Waldo Allison (née Daniels)

Born: Sunday, November 14, 1886 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 25 years

Married to Hudson J.C. Allison

Last Residence: in Montreal, Québéc, Canada

1st Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 113781 , £151 ($239.71)

Cabin No.: C22/26

Died in the sinking, body not recovered


Mr. & Mrs. Allison had two children on board: Helen 2 years old, and Hudson 2 months old.  Only Hudson survived the sinking, but tied in 1929 from ptomaine poisoning.


Mr. & Mrs. Hudson Allison.

Mr. & Mrs. Hudson Allison. -

The photo is of Mr. & Mrs. Hudson Allison.

Posted February 24, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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Some of the famous, and infamous first class passengers   Leave a comment

On her maiden voyage, Titanic had some  prominent people travelling in first class. Among them were: millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine Force Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Macy’s owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, Marga…ret “Molly” Brown (Who was later referred to as the Unsinkable Molly Brown because of her efforts helping other passengers during the tragedy) Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and Lady Duff-Gordon, George Dunton Widener, Eleanor, and son Harry, John Borland Thayer with his wife Marian and their son Jack, William Thomas Stead, the Countess of Rothes, United States presidential assistant Archibald Butt, author Helen Churchill Candee, author Jacques Futrelle and his wife May, Broadway producers Henry and Rene Harris and silent film actress Dorothy Gibson and many others.
Banker J. P. Morgan was scheduled to be on board for the maiden voyage, but cancelled at the last minute. Also in first class were White Star Line’s managing director J. Bruce Ismay and the ship’s builder Thomas Andrews. Andrews was on board to observe any problems and to observe the ship’s performance.
Molly Brown

The unsinkable Molly Brown

The photo above is of Molly Brown.

How the Titanic’s water pumps worked – and yet didn’t   1 comment

Titanic had 5 pumps used for trimming the vessel, and 3 bilge pumps with a capacity of 150 tons per hour for each pump. Two 10 inch ballast pipes ran the length of the ship and valves controlling the flow and direction of water were operated from the deck above. The total  capacity from all 8 pumps running together was 1700 tons an hour. While it seems counter intuitive that putting water in the hull would add stability, in fact, putting water below the center of gravity actually increases stability. This, among other advancements including the bulkheads and bulkhead doors, led many to claim the ship was unsinkable.

During the sinking, some reported that the pumps slowed the flooding of the number 6 boiler room in the first 10 minutes after the collision, while also keeping pace with the flooding in the number 5 boiler room. These pumps could not have kept the ship above water indefinitely, but as long as they had steam to power them, the flooding could be slowed. At 11:50 pm on the night of April 14, 1912, these sections were flooded and the rush of sea water overwhelmed these pumps, at which point Titanic foundered.


Titanic's bow

The bow of the great Titanic

Posted February 16, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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John Coffey, a 23-year-old stoker, got on the Titanic at Queenstown, England by stowing away on a smaller boat used to load/unload the ship, and hiding with the mailbags destined for shore. A native of the town, he had probably joined the ship with this intention, but afterwards he said that the reason he got off the ship was that he held a bad feeling about the voyage. He later signed on to join the crew of the RMS Mauretania.



A docked Titanic

Posted February 10, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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Titanic passes her sea trials   Leave a comment

Titanic’s sea trials began at 6 am on Monday, April 2, 1912, only 8 days before she was due to depart for her maiden voyage.  For her trials, Titanic had 78 stokers, greasers and firemen, and 41 crew members. Reps of companies such as Harold A. Sanderson, Thomas Andrews and Edward Wilding of Harland and Wolff. Bruce Ismay and Lord Pirrie were unable to attend. Jack Phillips and Harold Bride served as radio operator. Mr. Francis Carruthers, from the Board of Trade, was also present, to ensure that the ship was fit for passengers.

After the sea trials, Mr. Carruthers signed an agreement, valid for a year, which certified the ship as sea-worthy. After six hours of sea trials, Titanic left Belfast, Ireland at 12:00 pm for the 550 mile journey to Southampton, (where she would first depart with passengers) under the command of Captain Herbert Haddock.

The technoligally advanced Marconi radio room aboard Titanic

Titanic was ahead of time, technology wise

The photo above is of the very technologically advanced Marconi radio room aboard Titanic. Her radio signal was much stronger than any other ships at that time. Her radio operators were chastized by other ships, for sending out a loud signal, hurting the ears of other radio operators wearing headphones.

Posted February 9, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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