Unraveling the Titanic: Tragedy, Triumphs, and Untold Storie


 In April 1912, the infamously tragic Titanic went down. The RMS Titanic carried 2,208 passengers on her inaugural trip, and the subsequent tragedy on April 15, 1912, tragically resulted in 1,503 deaths. It might surprise you to learn that some of the passengers were from Worcestershire, a county with no sea access. We decided to share some of these people's tales using sources from the Archives because a Titanic exhibition will be on show at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery in the summer.

One passenger from Worcestershire submitted a letter from the Titanic, which is kept in our Worcestershire Archives; we have already blogged about this. It is listed as a historically significant UNESCO document. However, until a recent customer's inquiry spurred further study, archive personnel were unaware of other Worcestershire passengers.

Eight people who were either from Worcestershire or had been staying here before their journey were revealed to us. It's interesting to note that these can be either male or female, single or married, or eloping. Eight people, one of whom worked for White Star, travelled in First, Second, and Third Classes. These people came from diverse nationalities, worked at various jobs, and travelled for varied reasons (emigrating for employment or going back home). Although not all of them made it through that tragic journey, they all had fascinating life stories.

We'll start by taking a look at Mr. Francis Millet, an American who is travelling in first class, and Archibald Butt, his travelling companion. His family was living in Broadway, Worcestershire, where he owned a house, but he was travelling first class to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, which was listed as his home location. From the Titanic, this man wrote to his friend back in Broadway; our letter was previously blogged about. We'll be taking a closer look at the man's life and the memorials created in his honour after his passing.

The second blog post will focus on Henry Morley, who was flying second class with Kate Phillips (who was posing as his wife Mrs. Kate Marshall) and was listed on the passenger list as Mr. Henry Marshall. These two left us with an intriguing story of love and betrayal while journeying under false names towards Los Angeles. We'll examine at their journey after Kate Phillips gives birth in Worcester after returning there.

.The third blog post will focus on Bromsgrove artists Leopold and Mathilde Franรงoise Weisz. They came into contact while working at the renowned Bromgrove Guild, which created artwork for buildings all around the world. Mr. Weisz, a Hungarian, had been back to England to pick up Mrs. Weisz, a Belgian. He had been working with his business partner in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and they were both travelling there in second class. We have a collection of designs from the Bromsgrove Guild in our archives, as well as numerous newspaper articles about the Weisz couple and Mrs. Weisz, who survived.

A fourth blog will examine glover Mr. Henry Spinner, a third-class traveller from Worcester's Arboretum. He was on his way to Gloversville, New York, perhaps for work, after lately living in Yeovil. His profile can be found in the local newspaper on microfilm at the Hive, and reference materials on the glove business include books.

In other hand Mr. Samuel Hemming makes an appearance. On the ship, he was at work. As a staff member and survivor, Mr. Hemming gave testimony at the inquest investigating the shipwreck. He was a lamp trimmer who was originally from the Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove. He testified during the inquests, and various publications about the Titanic have quoted him.


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