There were many hero’s this night. And many not so much.
When Isadore Strauss was offered a place in the boats he refused. His wife refused to leave his side. They perished together.
John Jacob Astor, the Bill Gates of his day, calmly put his young wife Madeline in a life boat then stepped back. He told her they would meet up in New York. His body was found by one of the search and recovery ships some time later.
As one of the last boats was about to be lowered J. Bruce Ismay stepped aboard knowing full well that there were still over 1,500 souls aboard. He survived – but may have wished he hadn’t. He was hounded by the press and called a coward by almost everyone.
Captain Smith went down with his ship.
The ship itself in the hundred years since has become legend. There were still survivors alive when the wreck was discovered in 1988. There were even a few hardy souls who were aboard that night when the most recent movie about their tragic adventure premiered in 1997. Sadly they are all gone now. There is no one left alive who was aboard the Titanic this night 100 years ago.