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Thread #43167   Message #629694
Posted By: Blackcatter
17-Jan-02 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: Titanic and Olympic
Subject: RE: Titanic and Olympic
Greetings all,

Another interesting thing: There was one lady who survived a voyage on all three ships (surviving the sinking of the Titanic and Britanic and a minor colission on the Olympic). Here's the link (from the PBS show Nova) and the part that describes her:

NARRATOR: One near casualty of the propeller incident was nurse Violet Jessop. Her story is remarkable as one of the few known to survive passage on all three White Star sisters.

JOHN MAXTONE-GRAHAM: Violet Jessop, whom I had interviewed for a book, told me that she was not only on the Titanic when it went down, she was also on the Olympic when it had not a very serious accident, but there was a collision in Southampton water. Then, the hat trick that she was also on the Britannic as a nurse's aid is extraordinary. Violet told me that she got into a lifeboat, which was lowered down, and when it reached the water and was cast loose from the blocks, the descending blocks, she suddenly saw everybody jumping out. So, Violet jumped over the side and thought she was going to sink forever, and finally came up and hit the bottom of the lifeboat. Her head hit it as she came up. Then she groped around in the dark, thinking her end was nigh, and found a hand, a man's hand, which she could tell was alive, and they held hands together and came up to the surface.


Once again proves that truth is more incredible than fiction.