THE TITANIC was a family theme in my wife’s family - her mother’s grandfather (that is, my wife’s great-grandfather) went off in 1912, having booked his passage on this marvellous new apparently unsinkable ship, to visit a daughter who had emigrated to Canada, and nothing was heard (no mobile phones then) till the news came of the sinking. So my mother-in-law went down (aged 3) with her father several days running to see the lists of the drowned and the saved in the local Post Office window. Then they found out - my wife’s great-grandfather had missed the boat, and went over safely on a later ship. So it’s not always a good idea to be punctual.
Here are some figures for numbers of people saved -
First class ..... 202 out of 325 62%
Second class ..... 118 out of 285 41%
Third class ..... 178 out of 706 25%
Crew ..... 212 out of 908 23%
Whole ship ..... 710 out of 2224 32%