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Stories of Passengers on The Titanic Who Died

Updated on December 13, 2017
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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who has published many history articles in magazines and online.

The Sinking of the Titanic on 15th April 1912

There were 832 passengers of 1st 2nd and 3rd class and 685 crew who died when the Luxury Liner the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.

Survivors of the Titanic
Survivors of the Titanic | Source

706 Passengers and Crew Survived

It will be 105 years ago this year that The Titanic sank on her Maiden Voyage in 1912 from Southampton to New York. All over the world today if you mention the Titanic and the passengers and crew that died that night on 15th April most people know what ship and what tragedy you are talking about.

So why is there so much fascination with the sinking and loss of life on this particular ship?

I believe there are a number of reasons.

Passengers on Board the Titanic

Because of the information available in books, news footage and articles about the passengers on board the Titanic it is hard not to feel like we know some of the families who died on that terrible night in April 1912.

We can read about their reasons for boarding the ship. Were they emigrating to America in the hope of a better life? If they were on their own or with friends or like many 3rd class passengers were there large families with parents and children on board. Not many of the passengers and crew survived.

Most of those families who had a large amount of young children and were in third class accommodation died. Their dream of a better future in America wasted at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Class Accommodation

Some 2nd class passengers were returning from business trips in Europe and others were using the maiden voyage of the Titanic as the last part of their honeymoon. These passengers had a better chance of reaching the lifeboats and survival.

Many in Second Class Accommodation also Died

Most of the deaths here were the men. As it was women and children first a lot of women had to say goodbye to their husbands on the deck knowing that they would never see them again.

The older female children too knew the probable fate of their fathers.

The Older Male Children were not Allowed on the Lifeboats

This depended entirely on the interpretation of the officers in charge of loading the boats. Some boys as young as ten and eleven were left on board with their fathers as their mothers and sisters were lowered down away from the sinking Titanic.

They too would have been terrified knowing there was not much hope of survival.

Goodwin Family on Titanic
Goodwin Family on Titanic | Source

Sinking of the Titanic

Whether they were 1st class, 2nd class or 3rd class passengers there seems to be so many individual stories that can be read on the internet today over 100 years later. We can read what happened on board the Titanic that night when on 14th April at 11.40 pm the iceberg hit the Titanic.

There are many accounts of those last few hours until 2.20 am on 15th April 1912 when the new White Star Line Luxury Liner the Titanic sank to the bottom of the sea bringing with her hundreds of men women and children.

We can also read what happened to those passengers in the freezing water who did manage to get away from the ship either in the lifeboats or by jumping into the water.

Survivors Account

Those who survived the sinking of the Titanic over 100 years ago are all gone now too but their stories have been written down and recorded.There are accounts from these survivors themselves in interviews they gave to newspapers and in later years to television documentaries.

Some survivors also gave statements to the two inquiries, one in Britain and one in America. All this information is freely available on the internet. This is why the sinking of the Titanic will never be forgotten.

By reading their individual stories the memory of the many passengers who died that terrible day on 15th April in 1912 will always be alive.

Douglas Spedden age 9
Douglas Spedden age 9 | Source

The Spedden Family from America

Douglas Spedden was six years old when he was a 1st class passenger on board the Titanic. He was travelling with his very wealthy parents and their two servants. In a famous photo we can see both Douglas, his father Frederic Spedden and his Nanny Elisabeth Burns on board the ship.

Father Browne Photographs

This is because an Irish priest Father Browne had boarded the ship at Southampton. He was a keen photographer and set about photographing the passengers and crew on his short journey. He was given the ticket as a present and got off the ship at Queenstown. This is why his famous photos on board the Titanic survive today.

The Spedden Family and their Servants all Survived

They gave interviews about what happened on board that night when the iceberg hit the Titanic and how they got into lifeboat number 3. Douglas’s Nanny tells reporters how he reacted when he was in the lifeboat and when the ship the Carpathia finally came to rescue the survivors in the lifeboats.

The very sad part of this family story is that Douglas Spedden who was 7 years old when he survived the sinking of the Titanic was to die two years later in a terrible accident. Frederic and Daisy Spedden were devastated and never got over the loss of their only child and much loved son.

To read the full story click this link below

Douglas Spedden 6 years old when he survived the Sinking of the Titanic

Photo of the Titanic as it left Ireland
Photo of the Titanic as it left Ireland | Source

The Goodwin Family from England

When the Titanic Sank in April 1912 Mr and Mrs Goodwin and their six children Lillian 16, Charles 14, William 11, Jessie 10, Harold 9 and Sidney 1 and ½ years old all died.

On Board the Titanic

Frederick and Augusta Goodwin and their six children were from London and left England on the Titanic as immigrants to America to start a new life. They boarded at Southampton as 3rd class passengers.

Frederick was a qualified Electrical Engineer and had been offered a job in New York. His brother Thomas and sister were already living there. They secured a rented home and took weeks preparing and furnishing the house for the family’s arrival.

Third Class Accommodation

As third class passengers on board the Titanic there were designated areas they were excluded from. This was to cause many deaths of 3rd class passengers including women and children. They were not told of the danger of the ship sinking until it was too late and most of the life boats were gone.

And even when the 3rd class passengers were aware of the terrible danger they were in, most of the families were trapped in their cabins and third class areas. This is because their accommodation was segregated by doors and barriers.

The barriers leading up to the first and second class areas were either manned by the crew or locked. The only way to get to the lifeboats was through the first class areas.

2nd Class Accommodation Barriers

As soon as the lifeboats were being prepared the Captain gave the order that the 2nd class passengers were allowed to enter the first class accommodation in order to reach the decks and lifeboats.

Another reason many children and women died on the Titanic that night was that in 3rd class accommodation all males and older male children were segregated from their wives, older daughters and very young children.

The Titanic hit the iceberg at 11.40 pm on the night of 14th April and many of the mothers and young children would have been asleep in their cabins on the stern side. Their husbands and older sons would have been on the opposite part of the ship on the port side.

Single Men Accommodation

Any single men would also have been away from the women and children and not available to help any mother with many young children and babies. This was the case for the Goodwin family on that terrifying night.

There is no record of what happened to them in the last hours of their death. We do not know if Frederick Goodwin and his sons managed to get to the rest of their family before they died.

To read their story click on the link below

The Titanic: The death of 3rd class passengers the Goodwin family

The Rice Family from Ireland

Mrs. Margaret Rice and her five young children boarded the Titanic at Queenstown in CorkIreland. She was a widow and was returning to her home in Washington.

Margaret Rice had her five sons with her. They were Albert 10, George 8, Eric 7, Arthur 4 and Eugene 2 ½ years old.

Margaret was a very young child when she too immigrated to Canada from Athlone with her family. When she was 19 years old she met and married William Rice. They returned to Athlone for a few years but then went back to Canada.

Death of William Rice

William and the family then moved to Washington but William died in an accident at work a few years later. Margaret received compensation from the company. With this she bought a house there. She was still grieving so decided to bring her sons to her hometown in Ireland.

After over a year in Ireland she felt strong enough to return home to America. That is why the Rice family, Margaret and her five young sons were on the ship as it sank. They all died that night when the Titanic sank and only Margaret’s body was recovered.

To read their story click on the link below

The Titanic: The death of 3rd class passengers the Rice family

Mrs Rice Children Titanic
Mrs Rice Children Titanic | Source
Map Titanic Sank
Map Titanic Sank | Source

The Titanic Wreck and Google Earth

The wreck of the Titanic lies in the Atlantic Ocean and through Google Earth and its Google Ocean Application it is possible for anyone with access to a laptop and the internet to navigate to the Atlantic Ocean.

Here from the comfort of their own home they can travel under water to where the wreck of the Titanic now lies. They can move around the ship in the water and see and feel the eerie rusted shape of what is left of this magnificent vessel.

Google Ocean

For anyone taking this trip through Google Ocean they will also have to be well aware of the loss of life and the ghosts of those who were trapped in her many corridors and cabins. These men, women and children would have been terrified beyond belief.

Never be Forgotten

Here are just a few of the stories of some of the passengers who were on the Titanic on that fateful night when the ship hit an iceberg and sank. These are families who all had their own unique reasons for being on board the ship on their way to New York. Some of them died and some survived.

Leaving Ireland

When the Titanic set sail for New York from Queenstown there were 1,343 passengers of 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. There were also 885 crew on board the ship. There are detailed accounts of what happened when the iceberg hit the Titanic and the next few hours before it sank.

Those who Survived

There were 706 passengers and crew who survived the Titanic. By reading accounts from survivors and watching documentaries on TV and You Tube we can also feel their pain, terror and utter despair as they escaped from the ship. Through them we also experience some of the events of the tragedy.

Those who Died

With 1,517 passengers and crew who died that night there are numerous accounts and records we can all access to find out about the men women and children who lost their lives when the Titanic sank. T

here were whole families who died together some with as many as eight children who drowned. It is over a 100 years ago that The Titanic sank on her Maiden Voyage in 1912 from Southampton to New York.

But I believe even after another 100 years passes the sinking of the Titanic will still be remembered as will its passengers and crew.


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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      Yes they must have been terrified especially the parents in third class who were trapped and knew they could not save their children.

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      sophie 3 years ago

      I fell sorry for the people that died

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      I have heard the exhibition in the Titanic Belfast Museum is an awesome experience. I really have to make it my business to get up there and visit it.

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      Titanic Belfast 5 years ago

      Titanic plan on display at the Titanic Belfast museum The massive longitudinal sectioned plan of Titanic that was used during the British Board of Trade's inquiry into the tragedy is now on display at Titanic Belfast.I have seen lot a storage about titanic.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Les, the Titanic exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum sounds like a great place to visit. I have read and researched so much about the passengers on board the Titanic that it would be so emotional to be able to see some of the real pieces left behind from their journey.

      Yes fate is a weird thing. There were many families who travelled third class on the Titanic because of the coal strike having been transferred from other ships. Many of them would have thought themselves lucky to be able to travel on the Titanic on her maiden voyage.

      Thank you Les for taking the time to leave a comment and letting people know about the exhibit

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      les9 5 years ago

      hello , i loved your stories, so interesting , with much research.thank you so much! i live near the henry ford museum in michigan usa ,(near detroit) at this moment they are having the titantic exibit until sept. it is the largest exibit of its kind , with artifact from the ship buried for all these years ... i was there last week , it was spectacular , seeing actual papers, suitcases , dishes ,jewlery, replicas of the rooms and even the grand staircase and the stories of the people who lived and died , many 2nd and mostly 3rd class were on that ship because there was a coal strike and most coal was being used in the titantic and so ppl were being bumped from other ships for passage on the titantic , very very interesting how a coal strike would be the reason so many died because they change their passage ....unbelievable.. i feel so lucky to have seen this exibit!!! les from detroit.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      The doors from the 3rd class section of the ship Titanic were locked as a normal procedure. This was to stop these passengers from going into the 2nd and 1st class areas. The second class doors were also locked going up to first class areas.

      The difference being that when the Titanic started to sink the second class doors were unlocked quickly so that the passengers could reach the lifeboats.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment Beth

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      Beth Godwin 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your account of the sinking of the Titanic. I learned some additional information . I was shocked to discover how many children from 3rd class perished when reading the passenger list for the Titanic. It makes you wonder who gave the order for the doors from 3rd class to be locked.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Hello John, sorry to hear you had a member of your family die on the Titanic. The stories of the individual lives and deaths of the passengers is what makes this tragedy stay in all our minds.

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      John Strong 5 years ago

      My great great uncle died on the titanic and I have a great obsession with it, this was a great read.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Ellie, yes it is very sad that so many people were drowned, especially when it could have been avoided. There were lots of things that were done wrong once the iceberg hit the ship.

      I really feel very sad for the children in the third class areas because they had no chance of getting out alive and must have been terrified.

      Thank you Ellie for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Ellie 5 years ago

      Wow......Im a 11 year old girl and I just found that fascinating. It really inspires me alot watching and reading about the Titanic its so sad.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for the interesting hub. The personal stories bring home the tragedy.

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      hectordang 5 years ago from New York

      I've never heard of "A Night To Remember," but I'll have to get it now and tell you what I think! Thanks for the recommendation!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Hector, thanks for reading. There are so many sad stories of the passengers dying, especially all the young children in third class.

      I thought the Titanic film of 1997 was a bad one so will not be watching the 3D version. The best film about the sinking of the Titanic is the old black and white one. 'A night to remember'. I am hoping they have it on here during April. It is well worth watching again!

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      hectordang 5 years ago from New York

      What a tragic event! I remembered Titanic when I heard about the recent cruise accident (in Italy?). Are you going to watch Titanic 3D?

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Yes even though it was 100 years ago the stories of the families and their children on the Titanic are still very sad.

      Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment, I appreciate it.

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      A great hub with lots of info. Good show

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      CreateHubpages 5 years ago

      This is a great story about the Titanic.

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      sarah 6 years ago

      its so good

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      Wow, it is visible through your hub that how much hard work you made to write this. I think a lot of research through various articles is necessary, and videos are excellent stuff. Lot of myths are there about the time between iceberg collision and sinking, but the article that i read one or two witnesses said that warning and the crash were almost instantaneous. 37 seconds became generally accepted as the time between the first warning and the collision. Anyway sad history but like your hub. My vote up and awesome!

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Just the research that went into this hub is amazing, let alone the actual information gleaned from reading it. Thank you.

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      Ayman 6 years ago

      Really amazing.

      Seems you have researched a lot on your HUB. Might say your HUB is fabulous. It really provides information of that huge happened. Thanks for your information. Keep it up.

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      A great researched hub with jewels of unique information regarding a historical event .....incidentally today is 14th April, the day Titanic had hit an iceberg with a bang.....and exactly in a year's time this event will be one century old.....Thanks.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great and very interesting research.Thank for sharing and for have put these videos!

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Great research and details of families and how they fared. Fascinating stories.

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      danelia 6 years ago

      WOWWWWWWWW... In one word i can say .. its excellent. .. GREAT RESEARCH.... THUMBS UP ....

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, what stories - and your photos and videos are great!! Voted up and awesome!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am fascinated by the reports about the titanic and the devastation. What a horrible way to go. I cannot imagine having to say goodbye knowing my husband was going to die. The terror and heartbeak of knowing you child was going to die is unimaginable. Great article. Rated up and awesome.

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      munirahmadmughal 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "Titanic April 1912 3rd class passengers survivors died Ist 2nd ship maiden voyage iceberg sinking sank"

      The hub is rich in content, full in research, research oriented with pictures of the actual scenes.

      The hub is a record of a great human misery nearly a century back.

      The food for thought is that despite such a huge devastation there were dead as well as survivors. Life and death are in the control of God Almighty.

      How bravely the death was faced is remarkable. human efforts have not stopped thereafter, rather more and more efforts were made to improve the voyage.

      It is the struggle of the past people that train of life has reached in the modern era with blessings of science and technology and we must use it for the betterment of mankind and not for the harm of mankind.

      May God bless all everywhere.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Such devastationa and loss willl never be forgotten. Thanks for your research and details.