Teena just finished reading Titanic, The Canadian Story, and recommended it to me.
This is the untold saga of the 130 passengers aboard the ill-fated
luxury liner who were bound for Canada. Author Alan Hustak began his
research ten years before the blockbuster movie came out. He conducted
interviews across Canada with direct descendants and relatives of
Canadians who sailed on the Titanic's maiden voyage. In the process he
unearthed historic photographs and stories which contribute another
dimension to the familiar tale. Hustak's chronicles are more poignant
than fiction, such as the tale of Quigg Baxter, the young Montreal
hockey player who risked all to smuggle his Belgian fiancée aboard, the
Fortune family from Winnipeg which failed to heed a clairvoyant's
warning; and Harry Markland Molson, the richest Canadian aboard who was
persuaded by Toronto millionaire Arthur Peuchen to extend his stay in
England and sail home with him on the Titanic. Hustak discloses the
scandalous behaviour of second class passenger Joseph Fynney and tells
of the young honeymooners Bert and Vera Dick of Calgary who started an
enduring legend about the disaster. Some books insist the Titanic's last
victim, found in a lifeboat a month after the disaster, was from New
Jersey; others say he was from Chicago. In fact he was Thomson Beattie
of Winnipeg. These stories and others have been overlooked or ignored by
American and British historians and enthusiasts who have written about
This was a very interesting read. I never knew there were so many Canadians aboard and like many others thought that Halifax, where the recovered bodies were taken, was the only Canadian connection. When the author Alan Hustak first started his research, he was told "Canadians didn't exist in 1912. They were all listed as British, so no one knew who the Canadians were."
At the back of the book, he lists the names of all the Canadians and whether they were in first, second or third class. He puts in bold the names of those who did not survive and those that did survive, shows the date they died. The last Canadian survivor died on March 4, 1993. I found myself referring to this section often.
Some interesting statistics about the Canadians (I was too lazy to count this up on my own in the back section but found this on the CBC website)
Canadians in first class - 38
3 Woman Drowned
Canadians in second class - 35
1 Woman Drowned
Canadians in third Class - 57
9 Women Drowned
I loved all the pictures and got a kick out of chapter 8, perhaps one of the shortest chapters I have ever read.
An interesting book that I would recommend too. Thanks, Teena!