White Star Line Mini-Facts
Image from the International Mercantile Marine Company stock certificates. (webmaster's private collection)
The White Star Line's lifespan was from 1845 to 1934. By 1950, all traces of the White Star Line were gone forever from the shipping industry. The company was bought and sold 5 times in that 89 year span.
Captain Edward James Smith (at the time he was master of Titanic) earned about $72,500 per year (in today's standards) while a steward earned as little as $2,400 per year.
If you wanted to send a wireless message aboard Titanic, it would have cost $3.12. If you wanted to play a game of squash, $.50. and use of the Turkish bath was $1.00. (but was limited to certain hours for 2nd class passengers and not at all available to 3rd class passengers)
A First Class (parlor) suite aboard Titanic would cost you $4,350. That equates to about $18,000 in today's monetary standards.
A First Class berth aboard Titanic would cost you $150. That equates to $1724 in today's monetary standards.
A Second Class cabin aboard Titanic would cost you $60. That equates to $690 in today's monetary standards-
Third Class accommodations aboard Titanic would cost you anywhere from $40 - $92. That equates to $172 to $460 in today's monetary standards. (If you chose to share a cabin, it cost up to 40% less for fare.)
After being released from prison and stripped of his knighthood, The former Lord Kylsant (Owen Phillips, 4th owner of the White Star Line) disappeared from the public eye and retied to his home in Wales. He died in 1937.
Shortly after the Titanic disaster,
Joseph Bruce Ismay, CEO of IMM and President of the White Star Line, retired
to his home in Ireland with his wife after the White Star line board of
directors told him that it was in the company's best interest for him to
resign his position as chairman. Twenty-one years later, he was asked (at
the age of 72) to come back to White Star and bail the company out of it's
financial predicament. Unfortunately, it was too late and Cunard and White
Star were forced into a merger. He died in 1937 at the age of 74 from
complications of diabetes.
The last ship built by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line was the Georgic. She was built in 1931 and completed her service under the Cunard House flag in 1960. She was scrapped in 1961 at Inverkeithing.
Shaw Savill & Albion Lines outlived the White Star Line and in later years "took" the names of the old White Star Line vessels with the introduction of their Corinthic Class Liners in the 1940's - Ceramic, Athenic, Corinthic, Gothic, etc
The White Star Line passenger tender, Nomadic still exists today, she returned to Belfast where she was originally built, has been completely refurbished back to to her original condition, and is open to the public for tour.
The last original White Star Line ship in service was the 3rd Britannic which was scrapped in 1962.
White Star Line had a vessel that set a record for the second longest in maritime history that a vessel has been engaged in active sea duty. The Germanic served from 1874 to 1950, 76 years of active duty at sea.
The White Star Line owned two ships named Laurentic. Ironically, both Laurentic's were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boats. One in WWI, the other in WWII.
After the the 1873 wreck of the White Star Ship SS Atlantic, as the bodies were recovered and prepared for burial, it was discovered that one of the crew members was actually a woman, between 20 and 25 years old. According to a newspaper account at the time, she "had served as a common sailor for three voyages, and her gender was never known until the body was washed ashore and prepared for burial. She is described as having been a great favorite with all her shipmates, and one of the crew, speaking of her, remarked: 'I didn't know Bill was a woman. He used to take his grog as regular as any of us, and was always begging or stealing tobacco. He was a good fellow, though, and I am sorry he was a woman.' It is said that the poor thing was an American, and, among the crew, perhaps the only one of that nationality."
Titanic survivors that died within a few years of the sinking (War, suicide, murder, disease, etc.)
Marie Spencer - 1st cls passenger Died Oct 1913 age 55. Murdered in Paris
Oscar Palmquist, 3rd cls passenger. Died Mar 1925 age 39. Was found drowned in a shallow pond after a struggle.
Annie Robinson, Stewardess. Died Oct 1914 age 42. Sailing to New York on the SS Devonian when it encountered heavy fog. For reasons unknown, she climbed over the railing and jumped into the sea.
Anna Wood, 2nd cls passenger. Died Oct 1918 age 64. Hung herself in a mental health facility. (In those days called an insane asylum)
Dr. Henry Frauenthal, 1st cls passenger. Died Mar 1927 age
63. Jumped off the 7th floor of his hospital
Frederick Fleet, lookout that spotted the iceberg. Jan 1965 age 77. Hung himself on a clothes line in his backyard after his wife died and his brother-in-law evicted him.
Anna Peter, 3rd cls passenger. Died Mar 1914 age 4, in a house fire.
Robert Spedden, 1st cls passenger. Died Aug 1915 aged 9. Motor vehicle accident (This was the first recorded death by vehicle in the state of Maryland)
Maria Nackid, 3rd cls passenger. Died Jul 1912 age 2, from viral meningitis
Eugenie Baclini, 3rd cls passenger. Died Aug 1912 age 4, from viral meningitis
Archibald Gracie, 1st cls passenger. Died Dec 1912 age 53, from a diabetic coma.
Maximilian Frölicher, 1st cls passenger. Died Nov 1913 age 62, from a sudden heart attack
Kornelia Andrews - 1st cls passenger. Died Dec 1913 aged 64, from pneumonia
Charles Stengel, 1st cls passenger. Died Apr 1914 age 56, from pneumonia
1st cls passenger. Died
Jun 1914 age 47, from renal (kidney) failure
Daisy Minahan, 1st cls passenger. Died Apr 1919 aged 40, from tuberculosis
Arthur Priest, crew member. Survived the RMS Titanic, HMHS Britannic, HMS Donegal, and SS Alcantara sinking's. Died in 1937 from pneumonia.
Edward Buley, crew. Died Dec
1917 aged 32. Went down with the HMS Partridge during battle, WWI.
Reginald Hardwick, crew. Died Mar 1918 age 26. Was killed on the battlefield, WWI.
Daniel Buckley, 3rd cls passenger. Died Oct 1918 aged 28. Was killed on the battlefield, WWI.
Archie Jewell, lookout. Died Apr 1917 age 28. After surviving both the Titanic and Britannic sinking's. Went down with the HMS Donegal during battle, WWI.
Martin Moran, crew. Died Nov 1913 age 29. Crushed to death by coal
Helen Bishop, 1st cls passenger. Died Mar 1916 age 23,
from a fall
Who's got the biggest passenger ship in the world now?
The new passenger ships belonging to Royal Caribbean are called Genesis class. They are currently the largest ships in the world
Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, the largest passenger ship ever built.
The Royal Caribbean ships Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are the three largest cruise ships in the world at 1,188 feet in length. These ships are approximately 220 feet longer than Titanic with a gross tonnage of 220,000 (164,000 gross tons more than Titanic and 4 times larger) These ships can carry 6,296 passengers, more than any vessel in existence. Each have a crew of 2,394 (compared to Titanic's 880). Building cost: S1.2 billion a piece. These ships have bow thrusters, side thrusters, and azimuth thrusters at the stern which allow the entire propeller unit itself to turn in any direction. This makes rudders on the ships and tugboats obsolete as they can parallel "park" themselves or moor against a dock on their own.
Azimuth thrusters on the Allure of the Seas, have made the ship's rudder obsolete
Size comparison of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and Titanic.
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