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In 1912, the British luxury liner Titanic collided with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from England to New York City and sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland.

The early breaking news story reprinted here was optimistic about rescue attempts. However, despite heroic efforts, 1,514 people died.

Among the 700 passengers and crew survived the sinking of the Titanic was a second-class passenger named Kate Buss who was traveling from England to San Diego to meet her fiancé, Samuel Willis.

Kate and Samuel were married on May 11, 1912, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, and nine months later had a daughter, Sybil Lillian, whose middle name was given in honor of another Titanic passenger.

From the Evening Tribune, Monday, April 15, 1912:





Efforts Being Made to Get Liner Into Shoal Water So That She Can be Beached And Saved


Many Notables Among Those Saved; Disaster Occurs Late At Night and 1100 Miles East of New York

Associated Press

Wireless dispatches up to noon today showed that the passengers of the White Star liner Titanic, which struck an iceberg off the Newfoundland coast last night, were being transferred aboard the steam Carpathia, a Cunarder.

Already 20 boatloads have been transferred and allowing 40 to 60 persons as the capacity of each lifeboat, some 800 to 1,200 passengers have been transferred.

Latest reports indicate that the transference is being carried on safely. The sea is smooth and the water calm. It is probable that all the passengers of the Titanic are safe.

While badly damaged, the Titanic still is afloat and is reported to be making her way toward Halifax under her own steam.

The Titanic is the largest steamer ever built. She is 883 feet long and has 46, 328 tons’ displacement. Se was launched last May and this was her maiden trip.

Among the passengers are Colonel and Mrs. John Jacob Astor, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Major Archibald Butt, military aide to President Taft; F.D. Millet, the artist; Mrs. and Mrs. Isadore Strauss; J. Widner of Philadelphia; President Hayes of the Grand Trunk railway; J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star line; W.T. Stead, and others.

The liner carried 1,400 passengers and a crew of 890.

Another liner, the Parisian, of the Allen company, which sailed from Glasgow for Halifax on April 6, is already clse at hand and is assisting in the work of rescue

The Baltic and Virginian, also area near the scene, and the Olympic apparently is near at had, as the wireless information concerning the transfer comes from Captain Haddock of the Olympic.

The accident occurred at 10:25 o’clock last night about 400 miles south of Cape Race, N.F, and about 1,300 miles east of New York.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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