Thursday 25 May 2017

Martina Devlin: The Titanic love story that caused a rift in my family

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

FROM the outset, the Titanic was always more than simply a ship. Designed to celebrate man's mastery during the Machine Age, it became identified instead with indelible disaster.

But its human story of thwarted dreams, its freight of penniless emigrants facing death alongside the glitterati, transformed it again -- this time from a liner into a legend.

And that legend sails on. It's one in which I have a personal interest because my grandmother's uncle eloped on the Titanic. He drowned with the ship, his chances of survival slight -- not just as a man but as a steerage passenger. My relative left something behind, however: a posthumous daughter who made it to the Land of Opportunity which eluded him.

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