I did a search, but didn't see this has been shared, so for all you history lovers, I'm putting this up. I didn't see a forum for history, so I stuck
it in general chit chat. If the MODs can move it to a more appropriate area, please do so.
I found this article regarding a 9 page letter from a French survivor of the Titanic, Rose Amélie Icard. Her letter contains eyewitness details of
the disaster. It is causing a stir among History lovers.
Icard was rescued with her employer, Martha Evelyn Stone, in a lifeboat. In 1955, at the age of 83, she wrote a nine-page memoir.
The translation reads, in part:
By miracle Mrs. Stone and I found each other in the same boat, where we were about 30 people. The officer told us ‘Row hard, you only have
twenty-five minutes to save your life.’ I took the oars and rowed with so much energy that I had bloody hands and paralyzed wrists because we had to
be quick to escape the immense abyss that the Titanic was going to open while sinking. It is at that time that I noticed that someone was crouched
under me. I did not have the strength to reveal his presence. I have never known who [were] the men who saved his life that way. While we were moving
away on the nearly calm sea, only slightly lit by the lantern that the officer was holding, I did not keep my eyes off the [Titanic’s] blazing
lights. Suddenly complete and impenetrable obscurity, horrible screams, shouting broke in the midst of creaks from the ship, then it was all. I
sometimes still dream about it.”
Here is the first page:
If some of you nice French members could translate the rest of the letter for us, it would be great!
I'm curious as to what the rest of it says.
Read the remaining pages here:
Delgado, a 29-year-old U.S. Marine based in Florida who also owns Icard’s passport, purchased the letters at a 2012 Titanic online auction. The
$6,300 sale was confirmed for Yahoo Shine on Wednesday by RR Auction house spokesperson Bobby Livingston, who says the letters were sold fully
translated. However, Delgado explains, when he recently took the pages out of their packaging to finally get them framed and hung, he saw that the
auction house neglected to include the English version. “I could have easily called the auction house,” he admits. “But I was on Reddit and
decided to just try it that way. I thought other people would appreciate it and enjoy it.”
For those who may not know, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has a Titanic Museum.
The Titanic Museum is a two-story museum shaped like the RMS Titanic. It opened on April 8, 2010. It is built half-scale to the original ship.
I've spoken to many people who have visited it, and they all said it was fantastic!
This place is just "over the mountain" from me, but I haven't been there yet. I have it on my list, though, just as soon as time and money allows.
edit on 3/28/2014 by sled735 because: add link