High Society on the High Seas

Titanic’s premier transatlantic crossing was an auspicious occasion, with a passenger list that included some of the world's richest, most influential, glamorous, and well-known people of the Western World, including:

The public quickly latched onto tales of upper crust heroism (exaggerated, true and false): Major Butts' allegedly held off panicked men so women and children could enter lifeboats; Mrs. Strauss gave up her seat in a lifeboat in order to remain with her husband on the doomed ship; And Bruce Ismay's alleged cowardice, climbing aboard a lifeboat though women and children were waiting for places. All of these stories, and the accompanying photographs of the dead and living added to the Titanic mythos.

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