Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Titanic: The callous survivors

Titanic leaving Belfast. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
The wedding ring and locket property of Carl Asplund and the wedding ring of Selma Asplund are seen at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, England Thursday, April 3, 2008. The locket and one of the rings were recovered from the body of Carl Asplund who drowned on the Titanic, they are all part of the Lillian Asplund collection of Titanic related items.
The Titanic Building will immortalise one of history's most enduring tales

Bertha Watt (later Marshall) was a 12-year-old second class passenger on the Titanic.

She wrote about her experiences in 1963 and said that the lessons she learned there provided her with a sound philosophy for her life. She learned how to behave and how not to behave, and recalled the hypocrisy of some passengers, the selfishness of others: “There was the minister who hid under the seat in our boat, walking stick and small case included. When we were well on our way he appeared and sat bemoaning the fact that he had lost so many years of sermons on the Titanic.

“Another woman was worrying about her jewels when all of a sudden another woman yelled ‘Give me back my husband and son and I’ll buy you jewels.’ Those few days before NY were a life all their own. Tragedy affects people in so many different ways.”

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