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The Sinking of the Titanic - Stories of People Who Died or Survived

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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many history articles online and in magazines.

Stories of Passengers on The Titanic

The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England with stops in Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland. The ship hit an iceberg at 11:40pm, April 14th, 1912 and sank at 2:20am, April 15th.

Deaths and Survivors When the Titanic Sank

Below I have written about just a few of the passengers on board the Titanic when it sank. I explain their reasons for going to America, their family history and hopes for the future.

Stories of passengers who died during the sinking of the Titanic.

Stories of passengers who died during the sinking of the Titanic.

The Legacy of The Titanic Passengers

Those who experienced the shipwreck over 100 years ago are all gone now, but their stories have been written down and recorded. There are first-hand accounts from interviews with survivors in newspapers and television documentaries. All of this information, including the stories of many passengers who died, is now freely available on the internet.

By reading their individual stories, we can also feel their pain, terror and utter despair as they tried to escape from the ship. Through these memories, the legacy of the many passengers who died on that terrible night will always be alive.

From these accounts, it's hard not to feel like we know some of the families who died in the tragedy. We can read about their reasons for boarding the ship, like immigrating to America with the hope of a better life. Some second-class passengers were returning from business trips in Europe, and some newlyweds were using the voyage as part of their honeymoon.

Survivors from the Titanic on a lifeboat

Survivors from the Titanic on a lifeboat

The Goodwin Family from England

Frederick Goodwin had lived all his life in England. But his brother Thomas and sister had emigrated to New York years earlier. Thomas Goodwin had recently visited Frederick and told the family about his life in America and the opportunities there for Frederick and his growing family.

Frederick was a qualified electrical engineer and had been offered a job in New York. They left England on the Titanic as immigrants to start a new life in America. They boarded in Southampton as third-class passengers.

Third-Class Accommodation on the Titanic

There are reports of some of the steerage passengers being told there was no danger and to return to their cabins. We do not know what happened to this family in those last few hours as the Titanic was sinking. Only that Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin and their six children, Lillian (16), Charles (14), William (11), Jessie (10), Harold (9), and Sidney (18 months) all died when the Titanic sank.

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The Goodwin Family from England

The Goodwin Family all died on the Titanic

The Goodwin Family all died on the Titanic

The Rice Family From Ireland

This is the story of Irish woman Margaret Rice and her 5 children who all died on the Titanic. Her husband had died in an accident when they were living in America.

She decided to visit to her hometown in Ireland with her sons. After over a year she finally felt strong enough to return home to Washington in America. She and her five young sons boarded the Titanic in Queenstown.

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Irish woman Margaret Rice

Mrs. Rice and her children Died on the Titanic

Mrs. Rice and her children Died on the Titanic

The Spedden Family From America

Douglas Spedden was six years old when he was a first-class passenger on board the Titanic. He was traveling with his very wealthy parents and their two servants. In a famous photograph, you can see him aboard the ship with his father, Frederic Spedden, and his nanny, Elisabeth Burns.

The Photographs of Father Browne

This iconic photo was taken by an Irish priest, Father Browne, who had boarded the ship at Southampton. He was a keen photographer and set about photographing the passengers and crew on his short journey. He received his ticket to board the Titanic as a gift, but he got off the ship at a stopping point in Queenstown before the accident. This is why his famous photos still survive today.

The Spedden Family and Their Servants all Survived

The family was interviewed about what happened on board when the iceberg hit the Titanic, and how they got into Lifeboat 3. Douglas’s nanny told reporters how he reacted when he was in the lifeboat and when the rescue ship, the Carpathia, finally came to save the survivors.

The tragic part of this family story is that Douglas died just three years later in a terrible car accident. Frederic and Daisy Spedden were devastated and never got over the loss of their only son.

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The Spedden Family on the Titanic

Douglas Spedden a 6 year old child was on the Titanic

Douglas Spedden a 6 year old child was on the Titanic

An Irish Couple Ran Away On The Titanic

Denis Lennon and Mary Mullin were a young couple from Ireland. Mary's family had forbidden them from seeing each other because they believed Denis was not good enough for her. The family only realised that this was happening when Mary did not show up at her boarding school in Dublin

This is why they were running away together on the Titanic.

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Why a young Irish couple ran away to America on the Titanic

The tenders leaving Queenstown Dock for the Titanic

The tenders leaving Queenstown Dock for the Titanic


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Robert Douglas Spedden

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Why did the captain of the Titanic stay on board as it sank? Why did he not save himself?

Answer: No one can say for sure. But I would imagine he was busy trying to organise the lifeboats and save as many passengers as possible. His body was never found.

Question: When did the last Titanic survivor die?

Answer: The last survivor of the Titanic disaster died on May 31, 2009 in Southampton, England. She was Millvina Dean and was 97 years old.