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The Titanic, registered as a British mail ship was really owned by the American railroad tycoon, John Pierpont Morgan. He acquired the White Star Line in 1902. He had his very own private suite and promenade deck on the Titanic. He was supposed to join her for her maiden voyage but cancelled his passage, sparing him the fate of many of the other millionaires.
Hugh Mulzac, the first African American ship commander, was born on March 26, 1886 in the British West Indies's Union Island in Saint Vincent Grenadines. He earned a mate's license from Swansea Nautical College in Great Britain and reached the rank of mate. During World War I Mulzac served as a ship's officer on British and American ships. In 1918 Mulzac immigrated to the United States,
Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor, CH, (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons.[Note 1] Nancy Astor represented the Conservative Party and was the wife of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor.
Peter Sellers, best known as one of the Goons and for playing Clouseau in The Pink Panther films, was a corporal in the Royal Air Force ground staff. His tour included India and Burma. He also served in Germany and France after the war. Sellers joined the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). By the end of the war in 1945, more than four out of every five British entertainers had worked for ENSA, whose focus was on boosting morale of soldiers and factory workers.
*TITANIC ~ Your chance of surviving was best if you held a first class ticket, but even that was no guarantee. Less than a third of the people on board would survive. Among the victims would be John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest passenger and one of the world's richest men.
In the 1898 novel Futility, 14 years before the sinking of the Titanic, Morgan Robertson penned a fictitious tale about a ship named Titan, which rams an iceberg and sinks with many victims. Some of the uncanny similarities between the book and the Titanic calamity include the month (April), the length of the ship (Titanic 882.5 feet; Titan 800 feet), and the number of passengers on board (Titanic, 2,200; Titan, 2,000).