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Notable People On Board Titanic
Some of the most prominent members of the American social elite made the trip:
J. Bruce Ismay, the White Star Line's managing director
Thomas Andrews, the ship's Harland & Wolff designer, on board to oversee the ship's progress on her maiden voyage. Andrews headed a small group of Harland & Wolff workers who were given the job of observing the ship's operations, highlighting any problems, and assessing the general performance of the new ship.
Major Archibald Butt, President William Howard Taft's military aide, who was returning to resume his duties after a six-week trip to Europe.
Colonel John Jacob Astor IV and his 18-year-old wife Madeleine. They had just spent their honeymoon in Cairo, Egypt. Madeleine was reportedly pregnant, and they were presumably returning to the United States for the child's birth. Astor was quite possibly the wealthiest man in America, with a fortune estimated somewhere between $100,000,000 and $200,000,000 in 1912 dollars. He served as a director on more than 20 corporate boards, belonged to a dozen clubs, and owned almost a quarter of the real estate in New York City, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. His biographical details may be found in free Google books: "Who's Who in New York City and State" (1911) pg. 26 and "Who's Who In Banking, Finance and Insurance" (1911) pp. 513-514.
Notably, Col. Astor and his cousin and business partner, William Waldorf Astor, were Egyptian rite masons of high degree and avid collectors of all things Egyptian. The Astors heavily financed archaeological digs in Egypt, and William wrote two stories, published in Pall Mall Magazine. that indicate a special interest in the pharaoh Akhenaton ("Ikhnaton"), Queen Tiya, and possible links between this dynasty and the Biblical story of Moses (whom they identified as Tuth'mosis III).. The founder of psychiatry, Sigmund Freud, later picked up this same theme in his 1937 book Moses and Monotheism.
The notion that Moses was identical to Akhenaten remains a favorite among followers of British Israelism, a belief that the English-speaking races are direct, lineal descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and that the British Royal Family rule by right of sacred blood. The Astors appear to have been strong supporters of an Anglo-American alliance, they were participants in Lord Milner's 1909 Round Table Movement, and they were reportedly among the founders of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (the "submerged Round Table groups") as well as The Pilgrims Society, a secretive and elite society that devoutly believes in the superiority of the English race.
If that sounds disturbingly like a form of English fascism, it should. In 1905, John Jacob Astor's cousin William Waldorf Astor gave his English estate at Cliveden to his son, William Waldorf Astor II, on the occasion of junior's marriage to Nancy Langhorne, and thereafter Nancy Astor's elite circle of friends became known as the Cliveden Set, a group of aristocrats notorious for their strong support of Hitler. Portrayed in the film "Remains of the Day," the history of the Cliveden Set remains embarrassing to many aristocrats in England and America.
Margaret Tobin Brown, aka "Molly" Brown, was the wife of Leadville, CO mining millionaire J.J. Brown and a 1909 candidate for U.S. Senate. Margaret kept a summer home near Newport, Rhode Island, not far from the place where John Jacob Astor IV married Madeleine in September 1911.
Apparently Margaret was invited to join a group of millionaires that accompanied the Astors to Egypt. The Astor entourage in Egypt included several wealthy people in addition to Margaret Brown, namely steel financier Henry Clay Frick ("the most hated man in America"), his wife Adelaide, banker J. Horace Harding and Harding's wife. Henry Frick was an agent and close associate of J.P. Morgan, the man who brokered the sale of Andrew Carnegie's steel company to the Morgan firm. He was also an avid art collector.
Strangely, Margaret Brown was carrying an Egyptian figurine, called an "Ushabti," in her pocket as a good luck charm when she abandoned ship. She later gave it to the captain of the S.S. Carpathia as a token of her appreciation for being rescued.
Brown's insurance claim indicates that she had taken a crate of Egyptian art figures on board the Titanic, with the intention to donate them to a Denver museum. They were lost when Titanic sank.
To this day, Egyptian lion figures guard the Molly Brown House in Denver, which was sometimes referred to as the "House of Lions."
Benjamin Guggenheim owned a vast fortune made through what was known as the "Smelting Trust." Like Molly Brown, he made his millions from the silver and gold mines in Leadville, CO, where he worked for several years in the 1890s as a smelting engineer. Guggenheim boarded Titanic with his mistress, Leontine Aubart, in Cherbourg, France. Ben's brother, U.S. Sen. Simon Guggenheim of Colorado, was a neighbor and political rival of Margaret Brown (Simon lived at 1555 Sherman Street, a couple blocks from Molly Brown's house on Pennsylvania Street in Denver). Simon was accused of buying his senate seat and corruption (see Russell, Charles Edward "What Are You Going to Do About It? Colorado - New Tricks in an Old Game" Cosmopolitan, Vol. 50, December 1910 - May 1911).
While serving in the Senate in 1910, Simon Guggenheim partnered with Sen. Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island to manipulate stock prices in rubber. The Guggenheim family and Aldrich had invested heavily in the "Rubber Trust" (the Intercontinental Rubber Co.) which was notorious for exploiting slave labor in the Belgian Congo. "In other investments, the great Guggenheim combination goes hand-in-hand with the great Morgan combination," says Charles Russell. By 1912 they were helping Sen. Aldrich to create a "Money Trust" on behalf of J.P. Morgan (owner of the Titanic) and the Rothschild banking family of Europe.
Isidor Straus owner of Macy's department store, and his wife Ida, were returning from a visit to Palestine when they died. Their death so strongly affected Isidor's brother and business partner, Nathan Straus (who had accompanied them on the trip to Palestine but "just missed" the Titanic), that Nathan gave away most of his fortune to the Zionist cause and to several charities.
Another Straus brother, Oscar Straus, served as U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1887 to 1889, and again from 1898 to 1899. In 1906 Oscar became the United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor under president Theodore Roosevelt, which meant Oscar was in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and shipping lines. He worked closely with police and the Secret Service to deport immigrants with anarchist beliefs and to enforce the Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903. In 1909-1910, Oscar served as U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and in 1912, shortly after Titanic sank, her ran for governor of New York.
Charles Hays, president of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway
John Thayer an executive of Pennsylvania Railroad
George Dunton Widener, who made his millions in street cars
George Dennick Wick, founder and president of Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company
Edward Austin Kent, a Buffalo architect
William Ernest Carter and his wife Lucile Carter,
Dorothy Gibson, an American silent film actress
Ticket-Holders Who Did Not Sail (The "Just Missed It" Club)
Among those who held tickets for a passage, but did not sail were
John Pierpont Morgan, Emperor of Wall Street and the owner of Titanic
Henry Clay Frick,
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt.
Owners of the RMS Titanic
International Mercantile Marine Co.(IMM)
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Sapphire, William B. "The White Star Line and the International Mercantile Marine Company"
J.P. Morgan, Lead Financier
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Wikipedia: "Anthony Joseph Drexel" of Philadelphia
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Clement Griscom, American Line and Red Star Line
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Bernard N. Baker, Atlantic Transport Line
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John Ellerman, Leyland Line
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J. Bruce Ismay, White Star Line
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White Star Line
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See Also: Sapphire, William B. "The White Star Line and the International Mercantile Marine Company"
Founder of White Star Line: Thomas Henry Ismay
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Chairman of White Star Line: J. Bruce Ismay
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Builders of the RMS Titanic
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Insurers of Titanic
Willis Faber & Co. (today part of the Willis Group) are reported to have brokered the deal for underwriting the hull and cargo insurance for the Titanic. The original boat insurance slip was passed to Lloyds Mercantile Dept for underwriting, but is since reported lost to this day.
Lloyd's of London
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Willis, Faber & Co.
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Insurance Blogger "Was the RMS Titanic Sinking an Insurance Fraud?"
See Also: Wright, C. and Fayle, C.E. A History of Lloyd's (1928), which contains a copy of the original
slip at Lloyd's of London
New York Times, "Titanic Insurance Claims Quickly Met" 28 April 1912
The list of Claims losses paid out were:
Titanic Hull Insurance – Actual loss $8,000,000 – Paid out $5,000,000
Titanic Cargo Insurance – Actual Loss $420,000 – Paid out $400,000
Titanic Personal Effects – Actual Loss $1,000,000 – Paid out $600,000
Life Assurance Passengers - Actual Loss >$4,000,00 – Paid out $2,125,000
Over 119 Life insurance companies paid out the largest of which was the Travelers Insurance company of Hartford, Conneticut.
Personal Accident Claims – Actual Loss >$2,000,000 – Paid out $1,564,000
Over 48 personal accident companies were involved in claims payouts.
Officers of the RMS Titanic
Smith, Commander Edward John, RNR, Captain
Wilde, Lt. Henry Tingle, RNR, Chief Officer
Murdoch, Lt. William McMaster, RNR, First Officer
Lightoller, Sub-Lt; Charles Herbert, RNR, Second Officer
Pitman, Mr. Herbert John, Third Officer
Boxhall, Sub-Lt. Joseph Groves, Fourth Officer
Lowe, Sub-Lt. Harold Godfrey, RNR, Fifth Officer
Moody, Mr. James Paul, Sixth Officer
U.S. Senate Investigation
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Chairman: Sen. William Alden Smith
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Senate's Commerce Committee
Chairman: John Bigahm, 1st Viscount Mersey
Wikipedia: "John Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey"
Board of Trade, a committee of the Privy Council
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