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    Almost 100 years to the day of the sinking. Attached is the 1st Class register showing Mr. W. Stead on board the Titanic.

    I have attached my transcription:
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  • #2
    Hi Mike

    Very interesting to see. Thanks, Mike. A minor point: It actually reads, "Stead, Mr. W. T." for his full name, William Thomas Stead.

    Chris
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    • #3
      I was going from the digital record, but you are correct. I searched for William T and W. T. and the search came back blank.

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      • #4
        Both the gentlemen above and below Stead's name also died. Mr. Pears' wife survived on Lifeboat 8. Edward Keeping was George Widener's valet. Widener hosted Captain Smith and most of the more prominent 1st class passengers on what would be their final dinner the night they stuck the berg. Widener, his valet and his son died while his wife and her maid survived on Lifeboat 4.

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        • #5
          Yesterday the Daily Mirror published an exclusive booklet that featured original press reports from the time of the sinking. There is one that features a snippet on W. T. Stead. It mentions that when he was informed of the sinking, he shrugged it off and said that he was going to bed! He was never seen again.

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          • #6
            Thanks, Mike, very interesting.
            Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
            https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

            Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
            Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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            • #7
              I will scan the short article and pop it on Chris shortly. In the meantime here is a link to an article in todays Daily Mail. It shows the stories as they appeared in the Mail and features maps, photos, and actual reproduced articles.
              http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-disaster.html

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              • #8
                Stead was the man who you see in James Cameron's film Titanic, in the final sinking scenes, sitting in the smoking room reading quietly, around the time Thomas Andrews is walking around contemplating the failure of his ship.

                In university studies for journalism, we are taught that a journalist should never be deliberately opinionated or controversial, unless you're told to do so. The reader is paying to read news, not opinion. However, Stead was one of the major players in changing laws to prevent child prostitution in the 1880's in his capacity as editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, succeeding in 1886 to lift the age of consent, after it had been just 12 until 1876. He was even on the wrong side of the law there for a while over it all, largely because many of those in positions of power were the same ones who used the prostitution methods he and his fellow activists were trying to stop.

                Personally I prefer Stead's method! Rest in peace, W.T.

                Cheers,
                Adam.

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