Page 4 - Titanic - Drowned In Guilty Sorrow
P. 4
Feaiure Eeieag;erec:;ar ie,'i T. r\rri .!,:r ! i..:..i.:'- ar:5:r Eniish ir:aul;r'. -. .iiaatc tc ijtir ,ei'\ sr^ , . _t: - !,rdtliL !-i: .. 1,,,;i-- :i'.-, i,r-,.e rrqitt numl^. a j .3;:: ismay . .: .63;rr,'i- - Cre liigr '. rl iiev;:- retr,'w r- r_ a -.eai-"':ii Lett:. --1"- ir1,'. . ' .1., 1.t) i... tzi" ' -,c ridici:lec r - The most serious accusation rvas that he put profit husband and father, who expected the househt-rii before lives, dictating the ship's speed to the to revolve around him. One of their children. captain in order to get to NewYork in record time. a boy, had died in intancy iust after another sea Very few people came forward to praise him. crossing and the marriag. never recovered. One stewardess said he told her to climb into a Florence was described b1 hcrgranddaughle: lifeboat. A fashion reporter, Edith Russell, related 'as "unimaginative but fun-loving; she was made that Ismay had propelled her torvards an exit. "He wretched br rvhat passed for intimacy with her certainly saved my life."The third woman to defend husband". ln the summer of 1900 she had gone Ismay was Marian Thayer. "Mr lsmay had done into labour with her fifth child at Ismay's recendr everything a man could do to help passengers on widowed mother's house. This lady didn't want the Titanic."And Mrs Thayer did everything she her daughter-in-larv gir ing birth there, and sent only superficially a liner for the rich: she rvas could to defend Ismay, who had - although she her home in a horse and carriage. The baby was actually an emigrant ship. At 6ft 4in, with a waxed did not yet know it - fallen in love rvith her. stillborn along the way and Florence never moustache and the handsome face of a matinee Back in England, Ismay tried to detach himself forgave her mother-in-law, nor her husband. idol, Ismay sat among Lebanese, Chinese and from the experience. Thc loss was immeasurablc. Florence and the childrcn were on a motoring Swedish passengers and spoke to nobody. Everything he had worked for had sunk to holiday in Wales when they heard the Titanic had TheTitanic lvent down 2 hours and 40 minutes the bottom ofthe ocean. Perhaps, he latertold sunk. They returned to their home in Liverpool after she hit the iceberg. Ismay said he was Thayer, he had loved the ship "too much". straight awa,v, and on April lZ Florence wrote her pushing an oarwith his backto the ship His wife, Florence, said he had loved it"like husband a letter in which she described being when she made the final plunge. "I did not a living thing". Possibly he loved it more than "terrified" for his safety. "Thank God that you wish to see her go dolvn," he told the US her. Ismay rvas described by a friend as have been spared to us," she rvrote. "We have both inquiry. "l am glad I did not." Only those who "austere, uncompromising and intolerant to been spared to each other, let us tryto make our knelv there were too few lifeboats were prepared the weaknesses of r lives of use in the world. My dearest' i for what came next: terror-stricken cries and human nature". - );t iflhaveyoulfeelnotroubleor fur vo3 gaspings for breath as the unlucky drowned. He was a bullying Y ""1:':;J" n,'" : sorrow can be unbearable." But she Lrv'E'oo! i3r Tuesday,April 16, the world did not have his heart, it appears, knerv rvho I Bruce Ismay was. , nor his confidence. It was to Nlarian The Nerv\brkTimes headline blared: "Probably 1,250 perish; Ismay'safe". Dozens of papers criticised him openly. In England, ' fi*ffiM Horatio Bottomley, owner of the working man's weekly, John Bull, addressed him: "Your place was at the captain's side till every man, woman and child was safely off the ship. The humblest emigrant ffg:m in steera-ge had more moral right to a seat in the lifeboat than you." ffi,;a"'^'^ -##*
   1   2   3   4   5   6