Kneeland Whiting has long contemplated donating one of his late grandfather’s pen and ink drawings to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. With 2012 marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, he knew the time was right.
Whiting’s grandfather, Samuel Ward Stanton, was a steamboat builder’s son who, along with 1,513 others, lost his life in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, after the ‘unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the frigid North Atlantic. Before his tragic passing on the doomed passenger liner’s maiden voyage, Stanton was prolific in his documentation of American steam vessels through his detailed pen and ink drawings.
At the age of 18 his drawings were being published and he was “producing (the drawings) of American steamers with dedicated industry,” according to Seaboard magazine. One such work depicts a Delaware River steamboat named “Richard Stockton,” and the drawing is dated 1851.
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