Real life surviving Titanic leaves out (which was in 2 other shipwrecks!)


Although Titanic is based on a true story and features characters based on real passengers on the ship, James Cameron’s film left out some of the most notable stories from the tragedy of the title ship, such as that of Violet Jessop, who survived no only to the sinking of the Titanic but two other shipwrecks. In 1997, James Cameron brought Titanica disaster drama that became the most expensive film ever made at the time as well as the highest grossing for many, many years.

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Based on the real-life tragedy of the RMS Titanic in 1912, Cameron’s Titanic tells the fictional story of Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), a young first-class woman, and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a third-class passenger, who, over four days, meet, fall in love and defend their romance of those who despise them. Jack and Rose’s story ends in tragedy, as Jack becomes one of the many victims of the sinking of the Titanic, while Rose is ultimately rescued. Although Jack and Rose are fictional characters, it is through them that viewers meet characters based on actual Titanic passengers and crew, such as Molly Brown (Kathy Bates) and J. Bruce Ismay ( Jonathan Hyde).

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As the main axis of Titanic is the story of Rose and Jack, the film does not explore the stories of other truly remarkable passengers, and the true stories of some of them have been completely left out, as was the case of Violet Jessop, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and two other shipwrecks.


Titanic should have included Violet Jessop (why was she left out?)

Violet Jessop was an air hostess and nurse who was on board the RMS Olympic on September 20, 1911, when it collided with the British warship HMS Hawke, but the ship returned to port without sinking and it there were no deaths. In April 1912, Jessop was transferred to the Titanic, Olympic’s sister ship. Jessop described in his memoirs that when the Titanic hit the iceberg and began to sink, he was ordered up on deck to set an example to non-English speaking passengers on what to do, and he was then ordered him to get into a lifeboat to prove to the female passengers that he was safe. As the boat was lowered, Jessop received a baby to look after, and after spending around eight hours on the lifeboat with the baby and other passengers, they were rescued by the Carpathia.

Despite these two unfortunate incidents, Jessop continued to work as an air hostess, and during World War I she worked for the British Red Cross. In November 1916, Jessop was on board HMHS Britannic (the younger sister ship of Olympic and Titanic), which sank after an unexplained explosion, thought to have been caused by either a torpedo or a mine laid by the German forces. According to Jessop, as the Britannic sank, she jumped out of her lifeboat but was sucked under the ship’s keel, fracturing her skull, although she did not know this until years later when she went to the doctor when she had a lot of headaches. Jessop continued to work for White Star Line, Red Star Line and Royal Mail Line until her retirement in 1950, and she died of congestive heart failure in 1971, aged 83.

Although Violet Jessop has been included in other adaptations of the Titanic tragedy, such as the 1979 TV movie S.O.S Titanicshe was left out by James Cameron Titanic, though the scene where Thomas Andrews (Victor Garber) tells a flight attendant named Lucy to wear her life jacket and set an example is a very subtle nod to Jessop’s story. As mentioned above, Titanic is all about Rose, Jack and the Heart of the Ocean, so many outstanding stories of the true tragedy of the Titanic were left out, while others were subtly referenced, so with that in mind, it’s understandable that Violet Jessop was left out, but that doesn’t make her story any less interesting and impressive.

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