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    A lifeboat containing passengers from the Titanic approaches the RMS Carpathia April 15, 1912. The Carpathia, 60 miles away, was the one ship to come to the Titanic's aid. It arrived at the wreck site 90 minutes after the Titanic had gone down and was able to save 705 people.
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    John Jacob Astor IV, a U.S. millionaire businessman who served in the Spanish-American War, died in the sinking of the Titanic. His was one of the 333 bodies recovered from the ship. Astor was identified by the initials sewn on the label of his jacket. He also had a gold pocket watch that his son, Vincent, claimed and wore the rest of his life.
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    Wallace Hartley was the leader of the Titanic's band of eight musicians who died when the ship sank. The band played merry tunes to keep up the passengers' spirits, although legend has it that at the end they played "Nearer, my God, to Thee."
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    Banking and mining millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim with his wife, Florette, circa 1910. Guggenheim died on the Titanic, leaving a written message: "If anything should happen to me, tell my wife I've done my best in doing my duty."
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    Lucy Noel Martha Leslie, the Countess of Rothes, apparently showed great courage during the sinking of the Titanic, taking control of her lifeboat and steering 35 passengers to safety where the Carpathia rescued them five hours later.
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    William Thomas Stead, a prominent English journalist, was last seen in the first-class smoking room, reading a book. He published a story in 1892 called "From the Old World to the New," in which a White Star Line ship, the Majestic, rescues survivors of another ship that collided with an iceberg.
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    Lucien P. Smith Jr. in the arms of a nurse, November 1912. Smith's mother, Eloise Hughes Smith, was pregnant with him, returning from her honeymoon on the Titanic. Her husband, Lucien P. Smith Sr., did not survive. Eloise later married a fellow Titanic survivor, Robert P. Daniel.
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    John Charles Bigham, Lord Mersey, who presided over the inquiry into the Titanic disaster, and his son, left, May 1912.
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    Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon, was in one of the last lifeboats lowered from the Titanic. "Everyone seemed to be rushing for that boat," she recalled. "A few men who crowded in were turned back at the point of Capt. Smith's revolver, and several of them were felled before order was restored. I recall being pushed towards one of the boats and being helped in."
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    Escott Robert Phillips, a second-class passenger, was one of the more than 1,500 people who died when the Titanic sank.
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    W. T. Bralley, a member of the Titanic's band, was one of the eight musicians who died at their post when the ship sank. Survivors said the band played on until the water was over their feet.
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    Algernon Henry Wilson Bankworth survived by putting on a heavy fur coat and life jacket, which buoyed him. He eventually pulled himself onto an overturned lifeboat. More than 1,500 of the 2,200 aboard the Titanic died.
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    Titanic survivors Ida Sophia Fischer Hippach, 44, and Jean Gertrude Hippach, her 17-year-old daughter, seen here in Chicago in 1912.
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    Harold Bride, the Titanic's junior wireless operator, sent distress signals as the ship took on water. He survived by clinging to an overturned collapsible lifeboat, although his feet were frostbitten. Here he is carried up a gangway after the rescue ship, the RMS Carpathia, arrived in New York.
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    Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean was the Titanic's last living survivor. She is seen here in April 2002. She was only 9 weeks old when the ship sank. She and her family were steerage passengers. She, her mother and brother lived; her father died. Dean lived until 2009, when she was 97. Here ashes were scattered over the Atlantic where the Titanic sank.
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