Victims of the RMS Titanic Disaster
A Newspaper Boy in London Holds the Evening Newspaper Splashing the Headline of 'Titanic Disaster. Great Loss of Life.' GGA Image ID # 1059eb71a3
The RMS Titanic claimed 1,503 lives on 15 April 1912 -- 832 passengers and 685 crew members, representing approximately 68% of the total souls on board of 2,208. The tragic loss of life was all but guaranteed as the Titanic had only 20 lifeboats with a capacity of 1,178.
The name of John Jacob Astor, which has run for a hundred years through the commercial and social life of the metropolis, has taken on a new and nobler color in the passing of the last wearer of a famous name.
ARCHIBALD WILLINGHAM BUTT visited Texas, and the newspapers made him a target for many of their jokes. After his death on the Titanic the Editor of the Houston Post published the following poem.
The men whose portraits are given here were among the vast number of distinguished men who lost their lives in the “Titanic” disaster, but who in various ways proved themselves of heroic mold before the climax of this greatest of marine catastrophes.
Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the “Titanic,” was born in Philadelphia in 1865, is one of the younger of the seven sons of Meyer Guggenheim, who have become so prominent in the mining and metallurgical industries.
Henry Forbes Julian, who was lost on the “Titanic,” was a well known metallurgical engineer, a specialist in gold-ore treatment. He was a resident of Torquay, England, and was one of the authors of the valuable work, “Cyaniding Gold and Silver Ores.”
Besides being one of America's most successful merchants, Isidor Straus took an active interest in politics and in sociological movements. The Tribune has this to say of his long and eventful life:
According to the accounts of survivors, Mr. Meyer, after seeing his wife safe into one of the boats, remained and helped lower the last lifeboat of women and children that left the ship. Mr. Meyer was married in 1910 to Miss Leila Saks, daughter of the late Andrew Saks, who, with a little girl of one year survives him.
One of the most dramatic incidents of the great shipwreck was the heroic conduct of the band, which, led by Mr. W. Hartley of Dewsbury, continued to play up to a few minutes of the end.
The death of Jack Phillips on the “Titanic,” April 15, 1912, is, of course, familiar. Phillips remained at his post to the last, and it was largely due to his coolness and skill that so many were saved. On the night of the disaster, Phillips was tired out after a long vigil in the wireless room.
Ernst A. Sjostedt, one of the victims of the “Titanic” disaster, was chief Metallurgist of the Lake Superior Corporation, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and was returning from a three months’ visit to Europe in connection with the business of the company.
Mr. Stead was on board the ill-fated Titanic and was not reported among the rescued. He had suddenly decided to make a brief trip to the United States and would have addressed the Men and Religion Forward Movement's congress in New York.
George D. Wick, of Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the passengers lost in the wreck of the “Titanic.” He had been connected with the iron interests of the Mahoning Valley all his active life, succeeding his father, who was a well-known ironmaster.
The biggest undertaking ever attempted by American women,” is the description that is being applied in Washington to the Woman’s “Titanic” Memorial, an association formed to erect in the national capital a great marble arch in honor of the men who went down on the Titanic so that women and children might live.