The Titanic was a floating city. Together her passengers and crew totalled more than 2,200 people. Her passengers were split into three-classes. Her first-class passengers included some of the most influential people in society; bankers, millionaire businessmen, politicians, sportsmen, journalists and writers. Second-class passengers included carpenters, engineers, ministers of faith, merchantmen and teachers and third-class included agricultural workers, bakers, general labourers, printers, servants and tailors. They had different reasons for travelling to New York, for American passengers they were returning home but for second and third-class passengers the Titanic promised a journey to a new life in America.
They came from towns and cities across the world, joing the ship first at Southampton, England on 10 April and Cherbourg, France later the same day and on 11 April at Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland heading to America. New York promised much to those aboard the Titanic. For American passengers aboard ship New York represents landfall in their home country but for many emigrants the Titanic was a stepping stone to another world. In the 'New World' a fresh beginning promising opportunities, employment and prosperity for those who had neither.
More than half the second class passengers were British and the second largest contingent from a single country in any class. Many were travelling to America to start a new life, but often had their own business in Europe. In third-class British, Irish and Swedish citizens were the three largest groups by country, but accounted for under half of all third-class passengers, with over twenty nationalities being represented by just over 700 passengers.
Instead their dreams and aspirations were terminally interrupted. The Titanic was scheduled to arrive in New York on the morning of Wednesday 17 April 1912, but it was an appointment she would never make.
The Titanic disaster changed lives forever. For bereaved families there was the loss of loved ones to cope with and lives to rebuild in new circumstances without their loved ones. For the survivors returning to their homes there were memories of that night that would remain with them for the rest of their lives.
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