aristocracy such as the Countess of Rothes, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and wealthy established families such as the Wideners, the Speddens, the Astors and Benjamin Guggenheim.
What they paid for their passage depended on the size of suite or cabin in
which they traveled. Some chose to book suites which contained private
dining and living areas as well as bedrooms for themselves and their maids and
valets. Prices range from about £260 to £60.
silver mine entrepreneur, and John Jacob Astor. Molly Brown became famous in
her own right for being the only woman to have rowed a lifeboat to safety.
Waldorf-Astoria) Hotel, and author of a sci-fi novel set in the year 2000.
In second class were those who had achieved
success and money through work, people in trades such a miners, teachers and
clerks. Fares ranged from £13 to £79. Second Class passengers Edward Bean and Ethel Bean were married only days before Titanic’s maiden voyage. Bean moved to New York where he worked as a a bricklayer. He had
returned to his home town of Norwich to get married to Ethel Clarke.
emigrating to the United States from Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and
England. In many cases they had sold all they had to afford the passage
on Titanic and to allow them a little savings to get started in America.
Initially, many were going to stay with relatives who had already gone out and
established themselves in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago. Within
third class there were different standards of accommodation. The average
price for a ticket was around £7 although many were traveling on family
tickets costing from £25 to £40.
Deans were not supposed to be aboard the Titanic, but owing to a coal
strike, they were transferred to the ship and boarded it as third-class
passengers at Southampton.
her family’s possessions to pay for her private medical care following a
broken hip. These possessions included a letter sent to her mother from
the Titanic Relief Fund, and a suitcase given to her and her
mother in New York following the ship’s sinking. Their sale raised
approximately £32,000. Millvina lived to be 97 years old and died in May of 2009.
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