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2nd class passengers enjoy 1st class amenities aboard the Titanic   Leave a comment

 2nd class passengers aboard the Titanic were treated to a level of luxury that rivaled other liner’s 1st class accommodations. They were even treated to an electric elevator, something that other ships only installed in 1st class quarters.

A second class ticket cost about £13, or $20.66 in 1912. That fare would be about $8264 in today’s terms.

The following is just a few of the 285 2nd class passengers on board.


Lawrence Beesley

Lawrence Beesley, a public school teacher, was travelling to America for a vacation. He survived the disaster in lifeboat #17 and was one of the first people to write and publish an account of the tragedy.


Eva Hart

Eva Hart was 7 years old and was travelling to America with her parents. Eva’s mother had a bad feeling about the fate of the ship, and refused to sleep at night. Eva and her mother were saved in lifeboat #14, but sadly, Eva never saw her father again.


Juozas Montvila and Thomas Byles

Juozas and Thomas were both Roman Catholic priests who held services for 2nd class passengers. During the sinking, they helped other passengers to safety, heard confessions and prayed. Both men died in the tragedy.


Charles Aldworth

Charles Aldworth was a chauffeur for a first class passenger, William Carter. Mr. Carter’s Renault 25HP motor car was in the cargo hold of Titanic when she went down. Mr. Aldworth did not survive.


There were 285 second class passengers on board – 168 men, 93 women and 24 children

118 second class passengers survived the disaster – 14 men, 80 women and 24 children

2nd class stateroom

2nd class amenities on the Titanic, rival the 1st class amenities on other ships of the time.


Posted March 30, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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Mrs. Straus refused to board a lifeboat, instead choosing to die by her husband’s side   Leave a comment

Name: Isidor Straus

Born: Thursday, February 6, 1845

Age: 67 years

Last Residence: in New York City, New York

Occupation: Businessman

1st Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 17483 , £221 15s 7d ($351.37) or $140,548 in today’s terms!

Cabin No.: C55

Died in the sinking.

Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 96)

Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, New York


Name: Rosalie Ida Straus (née Blun)

Born: Tuesday, February 6, 1849 in Worms Hessen, Germany

Age: 63 years 2 months and 9 days.

Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered.


Isidor Straus was born in Bavaria on the 6th of February 1845. In 1854 he moved to the US with his family, to the town of Talbotton, Georgia. Straus’ father, Lazarus, established a dry-goods business called “L. Straus & Company.” and Isidor worked as a clerk in the store, according to the 1860 census.. He attended college at the Collinsworth Institute in Talbotton. In 1862, the the family moved to Columbus, where his father opened another business location. During the civil war, Isidor worked for a company that was involved in blockade running for the Confederate States. After the war, Isidor moved to New York with his brother Nathan, and they became involved in the firm of R.H. Macy & Company, becoming owners of the firm in 1896. In addition, he also served as a Congressman for New York from 1895 – 1897.

In April of 1912 Isidor, his wife Ida and their daughter, Beatrice, travelled to Europe on the liner Amerika. They preferred to travel by German steamer wherever possible.

Mr. & Mrs. Straus boarded the Titanic at Southampton, with Isidor’s manservant, John Farthing, and Ida’s maid, Ellen Bird. Their daughter remained behind. The Straus’s occupied cabins C-55 to C57, which cost £221 15s 7d, $351.37 at the time, with a relative value today of an astonishing $140,548!

Ida Straus was preparing to get in Lifeboat #8, but she refused and rejoined her husband saying, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.” Colonel Gracie and other friends tried to persuade her to get into a lifeboat, but she steadfastly refused to leave her husband’s side. Mr. and Mrs. Straus were last seen sitting together on a pair of deck chairs.

Mrs. Straus’ body was never recovered. The body of Mr. Straus was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett as body #96. The following is the information they noted after finding his remains:

NO. 96 – MALE – ESTIMATED AGE, 65 – FRONT GOLD TOOTH (Partly) – GREY HAIR AND MOUSTACHE CLOTHING – Fur-lined overcoat; grey trousers, coat and vest; soft striped shirt; brown boots; black silk socks. EFFECTS – Pocketbook; gold watch; platinum and pearl chain; gold pencil case; silver flask; silver salts bottle; £40 in notes; £4 2s 3d in silver. FIRST CLASS – NAME – ISADOR STRAUSS

40,000 people attended the couple’s memorial service, which was held in New York City. Eulogies were read by Andrew Carnegie, among others. Two years later a second memorial service was held when Straus Square opened on Broadway and 107th Street.   A Freshman Dormitory at Harvard (Straus Hall) is named after the couple.


Mr. & Mrs. Isidor Straus

Mr. & Mrs. Isidor Straus

Posted March 29, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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Mr. Ryerson didn’t know that his cousin worked on the ship he was destined to die on   1 comment

Name: Mr. Arthur Larned Ryerson
Born: Sunday, January 12, 1851
Age: 61 years
Last Residence: in Cooperstown, New York
1st Class passenger
First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 17608 , £262 7s 6d ($416.37) $166,548 in today’s terms!
Cabin No.: B57/63/66
Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered

Name: Mrs. Emily Maria Ryerson (née Borie)
Born: Monday, August 10, 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 48 years 8 months and 5 days.
Married to Arthur Larned Ryerson.
Rescued in lifeboat 4#
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912
Died: Thursday, December 28, 1939
Buried: Lakewood Cemetery Cooperstown, New York

Name: Miss Emily Borie Ryerson
Born: Sunday, October 8, 1893
Age: 18 years 6 months and 7 days.
Rescued in lifeboat #4
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Saturday, June 25, 1960

Name: Miss Susan Parker   “Suzette” Ryerson
Born: Sunday, August   3, 1890
Age: 21 years
Rescued in lifeboat #4
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912
Died: Thursday, January 13, 1921
Cause of Death: Heart   Failure / Disease
Buried: Lakewood Cemetery Cooperstown, New York


Name: Master John Borie   Ryerson
Born: Friday, December 16, 1898
Age: 13 years
Rescued in lifeboat #4
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912
Died: Tuesday, January 21,1986
Buried: Lakewood Cemetery Cooperstown, New York


Mr. Arthur Larned Ryerson and his family boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg.  Their final destination was Cooperstown, New York.. Mrs. Ryerson’s maid, Miss Victorine Chaudanson, was travelling with the family..

The Ryerson’s were returning to America after learning that their son Arthur Ryerson Jr. had died. Ellen Ryerson, another of the Ryerson’s children (later Mrs. Salvatore) was not with the family aboard the Titanic. She died in New York in 1973.

Although he did not know it at the time, Mr. Ryerson’s 4th cousin, William Edwy Ryseron, was employed on Titanic as a steward in the dining saloon.

Arthur Ryerson was lost in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified. His wife and children were rescued in lifeboat #4 and survived the sinking.

Mr. Ryerson

The Ryerson family was on board Titanic to rush home after hearing about the death of their son.




(Thank you V.E.G.!!)

 Just in case you don’t see the reply to this post below, I have added the information here, because it is very interesting!!

“Arthur Larned Ryerson is the cousin of Benedict Arnold! Also, he is the distant cousin of Richard Spohn Brokaw, the victim of the worst massacre by a single man in known history. Brokaw died in the Atlantic ocean!”

Posted March 28, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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The Newell sisters survive, but their father wasn’t as fortunate   Leave a comment

Name: Mr. Newell and his daughters

Mr. Arthur Webster Newell

Born: Monday. January 30, 1854

Age: 58 years

Died in the sinking.

Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett #122

Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, Massachusetts


Miss Madeleine Newell

Born: Sunday, October 10, 1880

Age: 31 years

Rescued in lifeboat #6

Disembarked: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912

Died: Friday, April 25, 1969


Miss Marjorie Anne Newell

Born: Tuesday, February 12, 1889

Age: 23 years

Rescued in lifeboat #6

Disembarked: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912

Died: Thursday, June 11, 1992


Last Residence: in Lexington, Massachusetts

1st Class passengers

First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket Numbers: 35273, £113 5s 6d ($179.33) $ 71,732 in today’s terms

Cabin No.: D48 & D36


Mr. Newell and his daughters Madeline and Marjorie were returning from a trip to the Middle East when they boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg. The sisters occupied cabin D-36, while their father was in D-48.

Late on the night of April 14th, Marjorie was awakened by a large vibration. Her father asked her and her sister to dress warmly and go out on the boat deck. After seeing one lifeboat safely launched, Mr. Newell placed them in the next lifeboat, #6. He died in the sinking, and his body was recovered and identified. The following is the entry recorded regarding his remains:

NO. 122 MALE. ESTIMATED AGE, 60. GREY IMPERIAL & MOUSTACHE CLOTHING – Black suit; white shirt; black boots EFFECTS – Gold watch and chain; signet ring; gold cuff links; solitaire diamond ring; fountain pen; keys; knife; four gold studs; 8s. in silver; 6 pounds; 103 francs; $2.96; letter case containing $31.00; check for $35.00; diary; pocket book with initials “A.W.N.”; His business card with name and address. FIRST CLASS NAME – A. W. NEWELL

Later in her life Marjorie began to speak of the night of the tragedy. When Marjorie was 97, she was giving public speeches about Titanic and the sinking. She shared the memories of the ship’s final hours. “I’ll never forget the screams of the drowning. It was absolutely terrible.” She said, frequently losing her composure. She later said that she made these speeches mainly out of respect for her father. His final moments and courage were vivid in her memory.

Marjorie Newell passed away quietly in her sleep on June 11, 1992, at the age of 103. She was the oldest living first-class survivor of the tragedy and was buried with her family at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

The oldest living 1st class survivor of the Titanic tragedy

She was the last and oldest first-class survivor of the tragedy when she died at 103 years old.

The Carter family survive the disaster   2 comments


Mr. William Ernest Carter  Born: Saturday, June 19, 1875 Age: 36 years

Mrs. Lucile Carter (née Polk)  Born: Friday, October 8, 1875  Age: 36 years

Miss Lucile Polk Carter  Born: Thursday, October 20, 1898   Age: 13 years

Master William Thornton II Carter  Born: Friday ,September 14, 1900   Age: 11 years
Last Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket #: 113760, £120 or $190.40 each, which is $76,160 in today’s terms
Cabin Number: B96/98
Rescued in lifeboat #C and #4
Disembarked Carpathia in New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912

A resident of Pennsylvania, the Carter family boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers. They held ticket number 113760, which cost £120; $76,160 in today’s terms! The family occupied cabins B-96 and 98. Aboard with the Carter family, were Mrs. Carter’s maid Auguste Serreplan, Mr. Carter’s attendant Alexander Cairns and, travelling in second class, the Carter’s chauffeur Charles Aldworth.

In the forward hold of the Titanic, was Carter’s 25 horsepower Renault automobile. It is listed as a case so it might not have been fully assembled. He also brought with him two dogs. He would later claim $5000 for the car and $100 and $200 for the dogs.

On the night of April 14, the Carters were at a dinner party held in honor of Captain Smith in the à la carte restaurant. The host was George Widener and the party was attended by many first class passengers..

When William Carter saw his family safely into lifeboat #4 he joined Harry Widener and tried to board a boat before they were all gone. But Harry replied that he would rather take a chance and stay on the ship. It was an unfortunate decision that cost Mr. Widener his life.

Somewhere around 2 a.m. Mr. Carter was standing near the officer’s quarters, where lifeboats C and D had been freed and were being loaded. At one point a group of men tried to force their way onto lifeboat C, and Purser Herbert McElroy fired his pistol and stopped the men from getting on the lifeboats. He continued loading women and children into the lifeboats, but before it was full there were no more women and children waiting. As the boat was being lowered partially empty, Mr. Carter and another man, Joseph Bruce Ismay, stepped in.

Mr. Carter’s lifeboat arrived at the Carpathia before his family and waited on the deck for his wife and children. When their lifeboat arrived William did not recognize his son under a big ladies hat, Some say that John Jacob Astor had placed the hat on the boy and explained that he was a girl and should be allowed into the boat. But other sources claim that it was his mother who put the hat on him, in response to Chief Second Steward George Dodd’s order that no more boys were to enter the boat.

William Carter lived until 1985, and often refused to talk about the tragedy.  Not because of the devastation or loss of life, but because he was traumatized at the loss of his dog, an airedale terrier. The dog was not permitted to get on the lifeboat with the rest of the family.  Colonel Astor told young William that he would take care of the dog and the last he saw of his beloved dog was John Jacob Astor holding the dog’s leash. This could be why the rumor started that Astor released all the dogs from the ship’s kennels.

Mr. William E. Carter

Mr. William E. Carter survives the disaster

The Cardezas’ fare equals around $20,353.25 in todays terms!   Leave a comment

Name: Mrs.   Charlotte Wardle Cardeza

& her son   Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza
Born:  Monday, April   10, 1854 & Monday, May   10, 1875
Age: 58 years & 36 years
Last Residence: Pennsylvania, PA
1st Class passengers
First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 17755, £512 6s 7d ($814.13)
Cabin #: B51/53/55
Rescued in lifeboat #3
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday, April 18, 1912
Died: August 1939 & Friday, June 6, 1952
Cause of Death: Heart Failure & Natural causes
Buried: side by side at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Pennsylvania, PA


Mr. Thomas Drake Martinez Cardeza, 36, his mother Mrs. Charlotte Wardle Cardeza, 58, along with his servant Gustave Lesueur, stayed in one of the 3 most luxurious & expensive suites on board the Titanic.  The fare they paid of $814.13 equals about $20,353.25 in today’s terms. That is still considered expensive, even for today!

Mr. Cardeza, his mother and the servants were rescued in lifeboat 3.

Mrs. Cardeza died of heart failure in August 1939 and Mr. Cardeza died in June 1952; he was buried beside his mother at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Pennsylvania.


Mrs. Cardeza and her son onboard Titanic

Mrs. Cardeza and her son onboard Titanic

Posted March 19, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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Jack Borebank’s body was never recovered, or remains unidentified   Leave a comment

Name: John James Borebank
Born: 1870
Age: 42
Last Residence: London, England
Occupation: Property Developer / Real Estate   Broker
1st Class passenger
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 110489, £26 11s ($40.83)
Cabin Number: D22
Died in the sinking /Body Not Recovered


Mr. John James Borebank, also known as “Jack” to his friends, was a successful real estate broker, working out of the Quebec Bank building on King Street in Toronto.

Mr. Borebank, along with his wife Isabel, and 8 year old daughter Eileen, toured Europe before signing Eileen up for a school she was to attend in England.  Mrs. Borebank and Eileen remained in England, while Mr. Borebank booked travel back to Canada via the Titanic.

His parents and siblings – living in Toronto at the time, received word of John’s demise just 4 days after the sinking.  Mr. Borebank’s remains were never identified.



Mr. Borebank had been in England to enroll his 8 year old daughter in school. His daughter and wife remained in England while Jack booked passage back to his native Canada via the Titanic.

Posted March 15, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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