MENANDS — For years, visitors to the Albany Rural Cemetery have been told there are two Titanic survivors buried there.
There is very likely only one.
Two months after the 100th anniversary of the April 15, 1912 sinking, information arose that called into question whether Arthur Bright, who died at age 49 in 1921 in Albany and is buried at Albany Rural was actually the British crew member and Titanic survivor as an expert previously suggested.
More likely, according to a rival Titanic historian, Arthur John Bright, who died in Southampton, England, in 1955 at age 86, was the actual Titanic survivor.
The curious case of competing claims on behalf of two Brights on both sides of the Atlantic was brought to light by Michael Hornak, of Poughkeepsie, a retired middle school history teacher and Titanic buff who read a Times Union Titanic centennial story published on April 12.
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