This week we commemorate the 100 years of the Titanic tragedy. On Monday 14 April 1912, at 11:45 PM, in the middle of a starry and moonless night, the "R.M.S. Titanic" struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic near Canada and sank at 41°46' N, and 50°14' West.
Thanks to wireless, 745 passengers were saved but 1595 persons died in this tragedy among them some of the most prominent persons in the world.
If we all know this sad story, one does not often speak about two other anecdotes described below.
A belgian singer inspired Titanic
Do you know that "Titanic" from James Cameron (1997) was inspired by the story of a belgian singer named Berthe Mayné ?
Berthe Antonine Mayné is born on 21 July 1887 at Ixelles, in Brussels. She descends from the working class and had six brothers and sisters. At 24 she decided to become a singer.
During the winter of 1911, while she was performing in Métropole Café in Brussels, Berthe met a young Montreal hockey player, Quigg Baxter. The two became lovers.
Quigg is the hier or a very rich canadian family. He persuaded her to return to Montreal with him aboard Titanic.
On 10 April 1912, Berthe and Quigg board on "R.M.S Titanic" at Cherbourg. Berthe's ticket is number 17482. Quigg paid it 4350$, or actualized 36000€. For discretion, Quigg installed Berthe in her own first class cabin, #C90, under the pseudonym of "Mrs de Villiers." It is only once onboard that Quigg revealed her existence to his family.