“The ship’s name Titanic”

On this day in 1912 James Stevens wrote in his Diary…

Heard of a wreck at sea, a new White Star liner, the largest ever built, on her first voyage to America. When near Newfoundland the liner struck an iceberg and soon became a total wreck. 1700 missing, saved 675 possibly 875, the greatest wreck on record in history.  (Tuesday 16th April 1912)

It looks like James only discovered the name of the ship a few days later, as he adds it under his entry for Friday 19th April…

JSD April 1912 - Titanic - Copy

(Source: Cornwall Record Office – James Stevens (Diary) X514/1)

Then on Sunday he wrote…

Prayers in our Church for the bereaved of the wrecked ones. (Sunday 21st April 1912)

You can read more about the Titanic, including some Cornish connections, on CornishBirdBlog’s Titanic Stories – At Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum

 

 

 

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Author: Ann

My interest in family history began in 2010 and eventually led to the discovery of my Cornish ancestors. One of these was my 3 x Great-Aunt, Honor Stevens and her husband, James (who wrote the Diary).

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