Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Titanic: The man who was saved by explosion!

Frances Godden of Bonhams auction house inspects a silver table centrepiece from the a la carte restaurant on the White Star liner Titanic which sunk in 1912.

Emile Portaluppie of Aricgabo, Italy, escaped death when the Titanic went down in rather an unusual manner.

The second class passenger was woken not by the initial collision but by the explosion of one of the boilers of the ship.

He hurried on deck, strapped on a life jacket and leapt into the ocean.

With the aid of the life jacket, and by holding on to a cake of ice, probably a splinter off one of the icebergs gathered in this part of the Atlantic, he managed to keep afloat until one of the lifeboats picked him up. He was hauled aboard and joined 35 other survivors.

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