The RMS Titanic Postal Clerks
The RMS Titanic was more than the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time. She was a Royal Mail Ship, with postal clerks on board who would pay dearly for this privileged duty.
When the Titantic crashed into an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912, the sea post clerks sprang into action. In the chaos and darkness, they struggled valiantly to move two hundred sacks of registered mail to an upper deck, but with little success.
The Titanic clerks must have realized early on that their efforts were futile, if not suicidal. However, they were committed to duty. The three Americans and two Englishmen continued working even as they slipped into a watery grave.
Those Who Were Doomed
When disaster struck on April 15, 1912, the postal clerks aboard the RMS Titanic were celebrating Oscar Scott Woody’s forty-fourth birthday. With little regard for their safety, the five men rushed to save the mail but to no avail. This unfortunate decision sealed their fate and cost them their lives.
William Logan Gwinn
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