The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:40 am

All these years, I never knew that the Unsinkable Molly Brown was a real person.

Nor did I know that she was a Catholic or that she was instrumental in the building of Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

In fact, there are many things I never knew about Molly Brown.

The only thing I did know is that I became enchanted with her when, as a child, I watched the 1964 Metro-Goldwyn Meyer film about her titled, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. In the film, Molly’s character was played by Debbie Reynolds.

Molly was everything I wanted to be – a smart, bold, brave woman with an indomitable spirit.

Molly, you see, was a rags-to-riches Irish woman who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 on Lifeboat No. 6. She not only survived, but tried to convince the lifeboat’s in-charge, Quartermaster Robert Hichens, to go back and save more people. Whether Lifeboat No. 6 did indeed turn back hasn’t been verified in historical accounts.

Nonetheless, Molly, with her indomitable spirit, gave it her best shot.

Born Margaret Tobin, a poor Irish immigrant, she married J.J. Brown in 1886. J.J. was himself poor, but became instantly rich when he struck a substantial ore seam at the Little Jonny Mine in Leadville, Colorado. Her newly acquired wealth propelled Molly into a world of culture and philanthropy.

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