Hugh Brewster, author of RMS Titanic shares 10 facts about the Titanic and Titanic Canadian connections you may not know about:
1. Titanic & Avro Arrow: Winnipeg survivor Ethel Fortune had a son, Crawford Gordon, who became man behind famed Canadian plane.
2. Titanic nightmares: Ethel Fortune lost father and brother, Charles (age 19). She had bad dreams for years of brother flailing in icy water.
3. Titanic & Chateau Laurier: Ottawa’s grand hotel opened quietly due to the death on the Titanic of Charles Hays, president of the Grand Trunk railroad.
4. Titanic & sexy lingerie: Famous London fashion designer (and passenger on the Titanic) Lady Duff Gordon ––who grew up in Guelph, Ontario––made lacy knickers respectable.
5. Titanic Scandal: Lady Duff Gordon escaped with her husband Sir Cosmo in a boat with only 11 people in it. Their escape made headlines and Cosmo was branded a coward.
6. Titanic in drag: Two Canadian men survived from 1st Class: Arthur Peuchen of Toronto & Albert Dick of Calgary. Gossips said they “escaped in women’s clothes..”
7. Calgary’s Titanic House: Survivor Albert Dick built a big house in Calgary with curving stairs in front that people said was like the Titanic’s Grand Staircase.
8. Titanic’s Unknown Child: A memorial to a baby found floating at the scene stands in the Halifax cemetery. A 2007 DNA test identified him as Sidney Goodwin. All 7 members of the Goodwin family were lost in the Titanic.
9. Last Titanic Body: Thomson Beattie, age 36, of Fergus, Ontario was found floating in submerged boat 4 weeks after sinking and was buried at sea.
10. Leap of his life: Neshan Krekorian, 1 of 5 Armenians headed for Brantford, Ontario jumped into a boat. Only one other person from his group lived.
— Hugh Brewster