15. april 1912

Massacre - Young Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr (1/2)

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Summary: -Set in First Class-

Gracie has a part of the X-Men lead by Magneto and Professor X, or as they knew them Erik and Charles. Since the moment Gracie layed eyes on Erik, they fell completely and utterly in love. Gracie finds troubles in liking Erik, but it only gets worse. But it all starts at the moment they met…

Prompt: “It’s not justice - it’s a massacre.” -via Pinterest

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“Go away.  We’ve seen our husbands drown.”  Two women survivors of Titanic disaster, declining coffee on the deck of the Carpathia

On April 15, 1912, in a scrape between the RMS Titanic vs. Iceberg, the ship sank.  Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown’s account of the sinking became widely known.  She was reading when the collision occurred:

“On emerging from the stateroom, I found many men in the gangway in their pajamas, … They, while standing, were chaffing each other, one of them remarked, “Are you prepared to swim in those things?” referring to the pajamas.  Women were standing along the corridors in their kimonos.  All seemed to be quietly listening, thinking nothing serious had occurred, though realizing at the time that the engines had stopped immediately after the crash and the boat was at a standstill and as there was no confusion of any kind, the book was again picked up.”

Brown didn’t realize there was a problem until:

“I again looked out, and saw a man whose face was blanched, his eyes protruding, wearing the look of a haunted creature.  He was gasping for breath, and in an undertone he gasped, ‘Get your life-saver.'” 

While helping other passengers, Brown was dropped four feet into a lowering lifeboat as water gushed out of the sinking ship from the portholes:

”…our lifeboat was in grave danger of being submerged.  I immediately grasped an oar and held the lifeboat away from the ship.  While being lowered we were conscious of strains of music being wafted on the night air.  … All the time while rowing we were facing the starboard side of the sinking vessel.  By the time E and C decks were completely submerged, and the strains of music became fainter, as though the instruments were filling up with water.  Suddenly all ceased when the heroic musicians could play no more.

… All occupants of the lifeboats remained as mute as the dead, all standing erect clustered in the middle of the boat.  Presently we heard shouts and cries of terror from the fast sinking ship…. The splash of the oars partly drowned the voices of the perishing men on the doomed steamer.  The ladies all seemed terrified.  Those having husbands, sons or fathers, buried their heads on the shoulders of those near them, and moaned and groaned only…  While my eyes were glued on the fast disappearing ship, I particularly watched the broad promenade deck.

Suddenly, there was a rift in the water, the sea opened up and the surface foamed like giant arms that spread around the ship.“  

Margaret "Unsinkable Molly” Brown became internationally famous for her pithy comments, her compassion for others and “can do” spirit after the April 15, 1912, sinking of the RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage.  

It took two hours and forty minutes for the ship to plunge under the sea. Having succumbed to their own sales pitch, the White Star Line did not bother to arrange lifeboat drills or life-safer (life vest) instructions to anyone on board. Neither passengers or crew had guidance on what to if the ship sank.  

Brown stepped in where she could.  She guided her fellow passengers into the lifeboats.  She shared her warm clothing with her companions.  Insisted that the women share in the rowing and oversaw pulling survivors out of the frozen ocean.

But it was on the rescue ship Carpathia, that her knowledge of foreign languages, experience in organization, good works and fund raising came into play.

“Sprinkled among the affluent,” she noted, “were our sisters of second class, and for a time there was that social leveling caused by the close proximity of death.”

Brown organized a hospital in the Carpathia’s lounge.  She complied lists of the survivors to be wired to New York City.  She used her linguist skills to comfort the foreign immigrants and saw to it that each had somewhere to go when they land.  From the affluent survivors, Brown raised between ten to fifteen thousand dollars for the less fortunate before they docked.

She was just getting started.  Pre-Titanic, Brown was part of Denver’s high society, a fashion leader, a worker for social reform and famous for her wit.  

Once, a friend of Brown’s pointed out another woman, noting that it “wasn’t proper to wear diamonds in the daytime.”  Brown drawled, “I didn’t think so either until I had some.”

After the Titanic disaster, Brown entered the national stage to fight for social reform.  She petitioned Congress to revise Maritime Law.  She worked for mining reforms, women suffrage and was in demand across the country for her lectures on the Titanic and its link to feminist causes.  

Brown felt that breaking up families in disaster was not beneficial in the long run.  Her attitude could best be described as, what is the advantage of surviving a disaster if the family breadwinner is gone?

Today, in books, movies and plays, Brown is remembered as a colorful first class passenger.  In her day, Margaret Brown was considered a heroine.

This image is of Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown  

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RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died in the sinking, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. Under the command of Edward Smith, the ship carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe seeking a new life in North America. Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people—slightly more than half of the number on board, and one third of her total capacity. On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles (600 km) south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time. The collision caused the ship’s hull plates to buckle inwards along her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea; the ship gradually filled with water. Just under two hours after Titanic foundered, the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene of the sinking, where she brought aboard an estimated 705 survivors. The disaster was greeted with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life and the regulatory and operational failures that had led to it. Public inquiries in Britain and the United States led to major improvements in maritime safety. One of their most important legacies was the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today. The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, split in two and gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet. X

Aftermath. On Monday, April 15, 1912, the New York Times was the only newspaper to deduce that Titanic had sunk. All others were stating that Titanic was afloat, all passengers safe and the liner was being towed to Nova Scotia. By that evening, the full and horrible truth emerged. This is the famous New York Times April 16, front page.

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Only Black Passenger on Titanic

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (May 26, 1886 – April 15, 1912) was a Paris-educated Haitian engineer.

He was the only black passenger on the ill-fated voyage of the RMS Titanic.bHe got his pregnant French wife and their two daughters onto a lifeboat; they survived, but he himself did not. At the age of 15, he was sent to Beauvais, France to study. After he graduated with an engineering degree, he married Frenchwoman Juliette Lafargue. However, he was unable to find work matching his qualifications due to the color of his skin in a racist society. Tired of living off of his wine seller father-in-law, he decided to return to Haiti with his growing family. His uncle, Cincinnatus Leconte, the President of Haiti,arranged a job for him as a math teacher. His mother purchased first class passage for them aboard the liner La France. When he and his wife learned of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique’s policy against children dining with their parents, they exchanged their tickets for a second class passage aboard the Titanic. Laroche died in the sinking of the Titanic. His body was never recovered. His wife returned to Paris with her daughters Louise and Simonne Laroche and gave birth to their son, Joseph Lemercier Laroche. Laroche, a three-act opera based on his life, was an official part of the 2003 National Black Arts Festival and was scheduled to premiere at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on July 18.

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The Titanic Engineers’ Memorial is a memorial in East (Andrews) Park, Southampton, United Kingdom, to the engineers who died in the RMS Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912.

Joseph Bell was the Chief Engineer Officer on the RMS ‘Titanic. His staff consisted of 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and a clerk. None survived the sinking.

“By the manner of their deaths [the engineers] carried out one of the finest traditions of our race.”

“They must have known that pumping could do no more than delay the final catastrophe, yet they stuck pluckily to their duty.”

J. Bruce Ismay died on the night of 14-15 April 1912, and died again in his bedroom twenty-five years later. He was mired in the moment of his jump; his life was defined by a decision he made in an instant. Other survivors of the Titanic were able, in varying degrees, to pick themselves up and move on, but Ismay was not. His was now a posthumous existence.
—    Frances Wilson, How to Survive the Titanic, or The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

Titanic Tribute

Today is April 15th. Exactly one hundred years ago, the RMS Titanic sank. 
This is a Tribute to all the people who were on the Titanic, the people who died and the people who survived. Almost all the survivors lost someone they cared about.

I keep thinking about the stupidity of the builders who claimed the ship was unsinkable. It made the people think that even if they hit the iceberg it magically wouldn’t sink.

“She’s made of iron, sir, I assure you she can… and she will. It’s a mathematical certainty.” -Thomas Andrews.

Creepypasta #544: The Iceberg

I looked over at the rows of tiny ships in bottles on my shelf. I always loved ships. I took my favorite one out and weighed it in my hand, admiring the way it rocked back and forth in the water.

“BROTHER!”

I jumped, and the ship fell to the floor. The glass bottle cracked, and water spilled out.

“Come out here!”

I sighed, and walked out to greet my brother, passing the wall calender that read 15 April 1912. The little ship was broken in half.

“What is it, Zeus?”

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