In 1912, the whole world was shocked at the news of the Titanic disaster. For a long time thereafter, the legend of the ship and the unfortunates on it became the inspiration of many literature and films of that time. However, these artworks had only been built through the author’s personal feelings. Only few people know that the true story behind the sinking of Titanic was much more sorrowful and moving than the films on the small screen.
Give up the chance of survival and step together to heaven.
After the fateful night of the 14th, on the morning of April 15, 1912, there were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard the ship, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the History’s deadliest shipwrecks.
At that time, vice- captain Charles Lightoller, 38 who had the highest position in crew was the last person to board a lifeboat and survived fortunately. After half his life hiding the obsession of that fateful night, in the last years, Charles wrote a 17-page reminiscence of many incredible stories when the disaster took place.
“Facing with the fact that the ship was about to sink, the captain sent a priority message for women and children to ordered to the lifeboats. In reality, some passengers ignored the message because they didn’t want to be split with their relatives.
At that time, I shouted loudly: ‘Women and children come here!’ But many people do not volunteer to separate relatives to see women and children board the lifeboat …”
When recollecting the memories of that dark night, Charles was heart- rending to say:
“As long as I live, I will never forget that night…”
According to Charles’s reminiscence, when the first lifeboat was lowered, he asked a woman named Straw who was standing on the deck of the ship: “Do you want to board the lifeboat?” What made Charles unexpected was that Straw refused with a resolute shake of the head and replied: “No, I think that being on board is better.”
Then, Straw’s husband asked, “Why don’t you want to board the lifeboat?” Straw smiled: “No, I just want to be with you”.
From then on, Charles could no longer see the couple, but the story of their love never faded away in his mind.
The noble heart of the world’s richest man
In the early decades of 1900, Astor IV (John Jacob Astor IV) consistently held the title as the richest billionaire in the world.
And when Titanic’s journey began, he did not hesitate to pay a huge sum of money to take his wife on that luxury cruise without
At the moment the lifeboats were lowered, Astor took his five-month pregnant wife to the boat. After that, he stood on the deck next to his loyal dog, lit a cigar and looked at the last rescue boat, and said, “I love you!”
Being the world’s richest man, Astor was a priority case to have a position on the first lifeboat. Nevertheless, he said that: “This is the most reasonable solution.” Astor had donated his place to an Irish girl.
A few days after the disaster, on an early morning in the North Atlantic, the rescue crew found Astor Fourth with his head deformed by the pressure of the boat’s chimney.
Astor Fourth was the richest man and also the greatest man in the world.