This month marks 104 years since the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to the U.S., a tragedy that shocked the world and inspired decades of searches for its wreckage, several blockbuster movies and endless tales about the passengers who lost their lives on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people, nearly two-thirds of the ship’s passengers and crew, died in the early morning hours of that fateful day when the luxury ocean liner was ripped apart by an iceberg.
Historians say the epic collision heard around the globe could have been avoided. While there was no one on board who lived in Queens, a search of newspaper and historic Titanic survivor archives turned up two men with definite ties to our borough:
Frans Olof Carlsson, 33, from Berga, Sweden lived in New York City and had just obtained his captain’s papers in New York. In April 1912, he was first mate on the liner St. Louis, but because of a coal strike the ship was stuck in Southampton.
The company gave him a first-class ticket back to New York on the Titanic. Carlsson died in the sinking and his body was never recovered. Land that he owned in Elmhurst went to his heirs.
Marshall Drew was a resident of Westerly, RI, and survived sinking of the Titanic at age 8 to become a teacher of fine arts at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood for 36 years.
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