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Titanic: As told by the survivor's
Being a survivor of the the most famous maritime disaster of all time was in many ways a tough legacy for some to live with and in some cases there were those who simply couldn't, and later took their own life. The survivors of the Titanic carried the burden of both explaining the tragedy to the world and also justifying why their life was spared above others.
The great injustice of the story of survival on the Titanic was that essentially the wealthy survived and the poor perished. Even to the point that many second and third class women and children were sacrificed at the expense of notable and wealthy men.
J. Bruce Ismay would survive the Titanic but was murdered by the press for his decision to place his life above those of passengers. This was exemplified at the highest manner by J. Bruce Ismay - The owner of Titanic and a man who should have accepted much responsibility for the lack of lifeboats and other cost cutting measures that inevitably lead to the sinking of Titanic. Ismay managed to find a spot on a lifeboat and watched hundreds of paying passengers die on the morning of April 15, 1912.
J. Ismay Retired as planned from the International Mercantile Marine in June 1913, but the position of managing director of the White Star Lines that he hoped to retain was denied him, surviving the Titanic Disaster had made him far too unpopular with the public.
He spent his remaining years alternating between his homes in London and Ireland. Because Ismay had never had many close friends, and subsequently had few business contacts, it was mistakenly easy to assume that he had become a recluse, he did enjoy being kept informed of shipping news but those around him were forbidden to speak of the Titanic. He died in 1937.
The maiden of multi-millionaire Jacob Astor, Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fun and the use of his home on fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor. She relinquished the Astor income and mansions during WWI to marry William K. Dick of New York, and by him she had two more sons, she Divorced Dick in Reno, Nevada in 1933 to Marry Italian Prize Fighter Enzo Firemonte. Five Years later this marriage also ended in divorce. She died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1940 at age 47.
The 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown
Molly's life took a surprising turn after the sinking. Previously, her efforts to be accepted by Denver society had been unsuccessful, the Selflessness and heroism she had shown on the Titanic prompted her neighbors, for a short time, to open their doors to her.
In 1924 she was named a potential candidate for Congress. As time passed on, however, she grew increasingly eccentric. Her husband died without leaving a final will and testament and she found herself at odds with her children over his money.
In 1932, at the age of 65 she died suddenly in New York City after a stroke. It was only after her death, when she became the subject of the hit Broadway musical and film, "The unsinkable Molly Brown" That she gained some of the fame she would have so enjoyed in life.