Posted Aboard RMS Titanic
The Unforgettable Night
The lifeboats were lowered, and my mother put into one, and my father lifted me up to put me in too, and when I clung to him, he said quietly ‘Go with mummy and stay close to her like a good girl.’
—Recollections of Eva M. Hart, seven-year-old Titanic passenger
The night of April 14, 1912, Eva Hart heard, touched and felt her loving father for the last time. Such memories remain forever painful. Like Eva Hart, each of Titanic’s 705 survivors would remain forever haunted by the events of that one unforgettable night nearly nine decades ago.
Up until the day he died, Frank Goldsmith carried one particularly haunting memory. He was only nine years old when his father said good-bye to him as Titanic was sinking. Goldsmith would recount how “my dad reached down and patted me on the shoulder and said, ‘So long, Frankie, I’ll see you later.’ He didn’t and he may have known he wouldn’t.”
For Leo Hyland, a ship’s steward also now deceased, one particularly vivid image remained with him: “The sea rose higher up into the ship and reached the various fuse boxes. So a section of electric lights would be extinguished. The ship began to descend at a slightly quickening pace, and now a terrific crescendo splits the air, bursting boilers, bulkheads and heavy machinery crushing through the ship, the final plunge is any moment, and now above it all arises the terrified screams and agonizing cries of those left behind, as with a spurt the Titanic’s stern dives under the sea, in a very few moments all was silent and stilled.”