Tia, we had an ice storm all day today and no power so I finally get to reply to this. My family has a very weird connection to the Titanic.
It really is the only thing we can say about us. Well, you know my family heritage is Russian. In 1912 there was the beginning of the uprising in Russia and my father's family --my great-grandmother and her six daughters, the youngest of which was my own grandmother, then aged 12-- emigrated from Russia to England to get to the United States where other parts of my family were waiting for them. They had tickets on a "big boat" but could not speak hardly any English so they of course were put into Steerage, down below....they had passage on the Titanic. Well, they had problems entering England and by the time they got to the dock in Southhampton, the Titanic had left. These six feisty Russian ladies were very upset and could not believe
the boat left without them!
It's not like we are related to the Czar or anything, goodness! We were just a bunch of potato peasants!!
So being so incensed they threw their tickets into the Atlantic and stomped off. You see, old family rule has it when you miss a boat you destroy your tickets because to keep them will be bad luck. That was April, 1912. They finally arrived in America June 21, 1912 on another ship from the White Star Line. That ticket is framed in my brother's house to this day.
When the exhibit came to Seattle last year I went every day for four days. I have books, articles, everything that my family kept on the disaster. EVen Sasha's name is a really a Russian boy's name, and there was a Sasha on the Titanic too. What wouldn't I give to have any one of those Steerage Class tickets back now......