The sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 was a tragic event that resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Among the passengers and crew on board, there were both famous individuals who perished and well-known survivors. Here are 12 famous people who died on the Titanic and 11 who survived:
Famous People Who Died on the Titanic:
- John Jacob Astor IV: A prominent American businessman and real estate developer.
- Benjamin Guggenheim: An American mining magnate and businessman.
- Isidor Straus and Ida Straus: Co-owners of the Macy’s department store.
- Thomas Andrews: The ship’s designer and managing director of the Harland and Wolff shipyard.
- Jack Phillips: The senior wireless operator on the Titanic.
- Charles Lightoller: The most senior officer to survive the disaster, but he lost his life on the Titanic’s sister ship, the RMS Britannic, during World War I.
- Edward Smith: The captain of the Titanic who went down with the ship.
- Wallace Hartley: The leader of the ship’s orchestra, which famously played music as the Titanic sank.
Famous People Who Survived the Titanic:
- Molly Brown (Margaret Brown): Socialite and philanthropist, known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
- J. Bruce Ismay: The chairman and managing director of the White Star Line, which operated the Titanic.
- Lawrence Beesley: A teacher and author who wrote one of the earliest survivor accounts.
- Astor Survivors (Madeleine Astor and her unborn child): John Jacob Astor IV’s pregnant wife, who survived the sinking.
- Dorothy Gibson: Silent film actress who later starred in a film about the Titanic.
- Colonel Archibald Gracie IV: Author and historian who wrote a detailed account of the disaster.
- Jacques Futrelle: American mystery writer and journalist.
- Ruth Becker: A 12-year-old girl who traveled with her mother and brother.
- Marion Wright Woolcott: An American journalist and author.
- Edith Rosenbaum Russell: A fashion journalist known as “The Unsinkable Dressmaker.”
- The Navratil Brothers (Michel and Edmond): Two young boys traveling under assumed names with their father.
These are just a few of the notable individuals who were on board the Titanic. The tragedy had a profound impact on maritime safety and has been the subject of numerous books, films, and documentaries over the years.