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Unsinkable to Unthinkable
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the
North Atlantic Ocean in 1912, after colliding with an iceberg
during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York
City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more
than 1,500 died, making it one of modern history's deadliest
commercial marine disasters during peacetime. RMS Titanic was
the largest ship afloat at the time she entered service and was the
second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White
Star Line. She was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in
Belfast. Thomas Andrews, chief naval architect of the shipyard at
the time, died in the disaster.

Three men and three women of Laurel Hill were aboard
the fated ship on April 14th, 1912, when she struck an iceberg,
causing catastrophic damage. The three women survived to tell
their tales, while the three men did not. Does this say something
about the "unsinkable" female spirit, or does it confirm the
reports of men giving up their seats on lifeboats for women?
Maybe a little of both.

During the day on April 14, the ship received a number of
iceberg warnings. At 11:40 P.M., the Titanic struck a large
iceberg on the right starboard side. The ship took on water.

Lily had taken a trip to the Holy Lands as she grieved for
the unexpected loss of her husband, Thomas. The trip on the
Titanic would be her return voyage back to the states. She was
accompanied by her daughter, Olive Potter Crolius, who was
distressed over a bitter divorce. Both Lily and Olive were first
class passengers. After the ship struck the iceberg and began to
sink, they boarded lifeboat #7, and were later rescued by the S.S.
Carpathia. Lily lived to be 98, and was instrumental in founding
the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red
Cross.

Orders were given to begin evacuations. There were not
enough seats in the lifeboats, leaving some 1500 people
without any possibility of rescue. At midnight on the 15th, the
captain sent a distress call. A ship some 58 miles away, the
Carpathia, responded. The Titanic slowly sank at 2:20 A.M.
on the morning of the 15th. The Carpathia arrived at 4:10
A.M. and rescued some 708 passengers.

The Passengers
Lily Potter

Eleanor Elkins Widener

The Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Widener family had been
traveling in Europe, and made
sure to be in Cherbourg, France
in time to return back to the
U.S. aboard the Titanic. On the
evening of April 14th, shortly
after a lavish dinner party, the
Titanic collided with an iceberg
at 11:20 pm. Eleanor boarded
the last lifeboat to leave the
sinking ship: lifeboat #4. Her
husband and son stayed back as
she went on. Eleanor survived
the sinking of the Titanic, but
her husband and son did not.

Designated A National Historic Landmark
A site which possesses national significance in
commemorating the history of the United States of America. The
cemetery was designed in 1836 by John Notman and is one of
the finest examples of a rural burial ground which illustrates the
evolution of American landscape architecture.

Unsinkable to Unthinkable
Titanic Victims of Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries
www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org
April 14, 2019 commemorated the 106th anniversary of
an event which shocked the world: the sinking of the "Ship of
Dreams," the R.M.S. Titanic. The exact mechanics of this tragedy
have been the subject of fascination for many, as we struggle
to untangle the how and why. What combination of events and
oversights brought this unsinkable ship to her final resting place
on the ocean floor? Could it have been prevented?
In commemoration of the anniversary of the sinking event,
visitors to Laurel Hill Cemetery had the opportunity to ponder
these questions and more as they joined a guided walking tour
with "guide extraordinaire," Lora Lewis, Beasley Productions,
Laurel Hill volunteer. The highlight of the tour were six Titanic
passengers, along with some others who met similar, watery fates.

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George Dunton Widener
Having recently built the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, George had been
in Paris looking for chefs for the hotel's kitchens. He boarded the
Titanic with his wife and son, probably expecting nothing more
than a luxurious, transatlantic voyage. George placed his wife
Eleanor and her maid into a lifeboat, and handed his wife two
jeweled rings, telling her he'd retrieve them when they met up
again. They never did. George's body was never recovered from
the wreckage (or perhaps it was, but never identified). His grave
is marked with a cenotaph in his memory.


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