Life jackets were one of the leading causes of death on the Titanic. If a person jumped overboard from 10 feet up or higher, their necks would be broken upon impact with the water. (They may have been the lucky ones). This life jacket was cut from a body after being in the ocean for many days. Recovery workers did not want to touch the bodies, so the life jackets were removed by cutting the straps. The bodies were then weighted and the unidentifiable were returned to the sea.
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John Harper, passenger on Titanic with his daughter and niece, was a Baptist preacher on his way to the U.S. On the tragic night, he put them in a lifeboat before he perished.
Captain Edward J. Smith.---On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage, traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City. Nicknamed the “Millionaire's Special,” the ship was fittingly captained by Edward J. Smith, who was known as the “Millionaire's Captain” because of his popularity with wealthy passengers.
Edward J. Smith.
Joseph Laroche and Juliette Lafargue were an interracial couple aboard the Titanic. As the ship sank, Joseph stuffed his coat with money & jewelry, took his pregnant wife and children to the deck and managed to get them into a lifeboat. He gave the coat to his wife, and said: “Here, take this, you are going to need it. I’ll get another boat. God be with you. I’ll see you in New York.” Joseph died in the sinking. He was the only passenger of black descent on the Titanic. His body was never found.
Titanic Dogs: One particularly sad story involves a Great Dane (dog laying down in picture) owned by 50-year-old Ann Elizabeth Isham. She refused to leave without him and got out of the lifeboat. Several days later, the body of a woman clutching a large dog was spotted by the crew of the recovery ship