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10 thoughts on “A Rare Titanic Family

  1. says:

    Reason for Reading I ve always been intrigued with the Titanic and I am participating in a Titanic Reading Challenge this year.This is a fascinating story that read like a novel for me My first time sitting down with the book I almost read halfway through I ve always enjoyed missionary stories and I found the first part of the book on Sylvia and Albert s early life and time spent in Siam just as interesting as the rest of the book which focuses on the Titanic sinking and the effect it had on their future lives The author has a compelling storyteller s voice which is easy and addictive to read, making this an entertaining and unusual story to read Because of the author s personal involvement with Albert and this being her own family history there are times when one wonders at the veracity of some of the events presented, but the author does fully admit that in light of lack of proof and hearsay in certain circumstances she has had to make educated guesses at times She does have extensive proof from research which is fully documented online for Titanic historians that show her devotion to finding the facts behind this interesting family story This is all to say that the book is completely believable in its research and facts but when the author pieces her logic together to make educated guesses, the reader may beg to differ However, I just loved Albert and Sylvia both and thank Ms Williams for bringing their personal story to the public with all its controversial sidestories put out there for the world to ogle So many books are about the ship itself and the facts of what happened that night that it is imperative to read a story like this that reminds us about the people that were on board those few days We think of all those who perished but what of those who survived This book let s readers know it wasn t all over for the survivors once they drove away from the dock Men especially had a hard time simply because they had survived and babies later became the last living survivors, whom the media were always after for interviews and yet they remembered nothing This book brings home the personal side of the Titanic sinking and through one family s very personal story the reader gets an inside look into the sinking and the aftermath that a just the facts book can never provide A riveting, fast, read profusely illustrated with family contemporary photographs A joy to read.


  2. says:

    When one considers the victims and survivors of the Titanic disaster, one usually has the image of families ripped apart, some dying and some surviving It s a rare thing no pun intended to hear of a family managing to survive the sinking intact.This book is clearly a labor of love, and it shows in the writing The author clearly loved her uncle, and it shows in every word that she writes about him She was also great in exploring the lives of Albert Caldwell s family, letting us know their achievements beyond surviving the Titanic or not being born when they were on the ship, in the case of Albert s second son.I very much enjoyed this book, and catching a glimpse into the world of that era, both concerning the Titanic and everything else that the Caldwells were involved with A very enjoyable read.


  3. says:

    This is the true story of Albert and Sylvia Caldwell and their infant son, Alden, as told by Albert s great niece, including all the events leading up to and following their trip on the Titanic Williams has very thoroughly researched the lives of the Caldwells, which is impressive and interesting, at least from a historic point of view To me, the prior and post events such as their education and second marriages following their divorce made the book a bit slow, but I admire Williams dedication.

    I thought the Caldwells experiences as missionaries in Siam and especially the description of their Titanic voyage completely made up for any tediousness in getting there Williams estimates that only one fourth of families on the ill fated ship escaped together, so theirs is an extremely unusual story Were it not for Albert s friendliness and curiosity with the ship s staff and for Sylvia s physical weakness attributed to neurasthenia , making it impossible for her to hold their baby, their story may have been a tragedy, as it was for so many others.

    My favorite parts of the book are the little details of the Titanic trip only a survivor could describe the large variety of food offered, the sermon given, which concluded with the song, For Those in Peril on the Sea, the friends they made, the feeling of disbelief among passengers after the iceberg collision, and their bitter sweet escape, which was almost foiled by dried paint on the chains of their lifeboat The icing on the cake is the cover picture, which was taken by a friend before their trip After losing everything except the clothes on their backs and their lives including their camera, new clothes, and life savings the photo was sent to them when they arrived home.


  4. says:

    A Rare Titanic Family how the Caldwells Survived the Sinking and Traveled the World, by Julie Hedgepeth Williams was a pretty average novel I did not enjoy reading it very much I just wish that the author found a way to make the story a little exciting I know the story is nonfiction and really happened but a novel needs a little excitement in order to be interesting That is I didn t enjoy it and neither did some of the other people that read this book I really don t understand how the Caldwells traveled the world, as said in the title The only place the Caldwells traveled to was Siam, and that was before the sinking of the Titanic Albert and Sylvia did not even remain married after the sinking of the Titanic so where had they traveled the world together after it But, I did enjoy first had accounts of what the Caldwells thought of the Titanic, I just wish there was of that Also, descriptions of the Carpathia were longer than the Titanic descriptions I thought surviving the sinking of one of the most famous ships in that time would have affected Sylvia and Albert How they felt was not even mentioned After the Caldwells got divorced and then remarried, the rest of the novel just spoke of Albert s new life Here and there, Sylvia would be mentioned but it was mostly about Albert I am really glad the author mentioned about the artifacts discovered after the sinking That was definitely the most interesting part of the entire book I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in famous disasters I think anyone over age thirteen would be eligible to read this book because some of the vocabulary is difficult and it is a pretty long novel


  5. says:

    Wonderfully written I truly applaud Mrs Williams for her due dillengence and awesone research abilities I learned so much from this novel I would like to see this version of the Titanic story made into a movie While reading it, I pictured the Titanic disaster as being just as horrible as the 9 11 attacks Her discriptions of the sinking was heart wrenching The truthfulness behind the story is truly appreciated After reading this novel, the James Cameron s version of the events are grossly romanticized Anyone interested in the Titanic should read this novel Additionally, I would also recommend this novel to anyone doing research on this tragedy.


  6. says:

    I found this book very interesting It told the story of the Caldwells,a young missionary couple stationed in Siam, theier lives there and thier return to the USA on the Titanic It tells what happens during the shipwreck but then goes on to follow thier lives until thier death The book tells you what the ramifications of being a survivor and how it impacted the rest of thier lives.


  7. says:

    In the last one hundred years of American history, few events have captured the imagination like the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic April 14, 1912 The tragedy of the maiden voyage of the biggest ship in the world at that time holds many diverse story lines, from heroism on a grand scale to cowardice that makes one s stomach turn The fate of the ship and those aboard it, whether they survived or perished, are forever etched in our consciousness.While movies such as the record setting Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet renewed interest in the ill fated sea liner, many books and documentaries are produced regarding the sinking of the great ship every year One of the interesting, however, is A Rare Titanic Family, written by Illinois native Dr Julie Williams and describes the survival of not only her great uncle, Albert Caldwell, but his wife Sylvia and their son, Alden They were one of the very few families to survive the incident intact.At a recent lecture at the Left Bank Books in the Central West End, Williams, in full period clothing, spent nearly two hours not only discussing the amazing story that led to her great uncle Albert ending up on the Titanic, but the process of researching the book, and answering questions from the audience Williams is a natural performer, singing a song from the Titanic era to kick off the event and inserting anecdotes and jokes within the scripted portion of the program.For me personally, the most interesting part of the story is the fact that Albert and Sylvia, despite having survived one of the most famous, and most preventable, tragedies in history, ended up divorcing in 1930 Albert, who died in March, 1997 at age 91, later remarried a woman named Jenny, who was Williams great aunt and the conduit bringing Albert into the family When asked, Williams said it was a point of pride for Albert and Sylvia to remain friendly with one another, not just for the sake of their son, but also considering what they had endured so much together He always looked 150 years old and acted 25, Williams said of Albert He never had a problem talking about it with us and we grew up hearing about it We jokingly used to blame Sylvia for getting them into that mess since she wasn t our relative Considering Sylvia s role in the adventure, that may not be an erroneous assumption The two were based in Siam as missionaries after their marriage in 1909 and were expected to stay there for a contracted period of time After awhile, Sylvia claimed she was sick and wanted to go home The heads of the missionary were having none of it, but she eventually won out and she, her husband, and their newborn son were allowed to leave Years later, it was alleged the homesick wife and mother was only feigning her illness in an effort to leave Siam, but whether or not that is true, no one will ever know for certain.After weeks of travel, the three made their way to England Albert, in what may be one of the worst decisions in the history of travel, decided against buying return tickets to America via the Carpathia, instead opting for the opulent Titanic, based on a poster of the grand ocean liner hung in their hotel It was Sylvia who asked a question that led to one of the most famous quotes made regarding the Titanic, Williams said She asked a bag handler Is it true this ship is unsinkable The man looked at her and with no hesitation said Yes, lady God Himself couldn t sink this ship God, apparently up for the challenge, proved him quite wrong a few days later.Anytime there is a story of survival against the odds, rarely do those who live to tell the tale simply survive There are usually choices to be made, a favor exchanged, a moment where fate intervenes The Caldwells survival is a splendid example.Albert was a photographer and brought his camera with him aboard the ship As he explored the vessel, he made his way to the engine room There, he spoke with the stokers who kept the flames of the engine alive with an endless supply of coal, asking one of them if they would take a picture of him stoking the flame One of the stokers agreed, thinking it a fine idea for a photo The two chatted awhile longer and parted company The next time they would see each other, that same stoker would grab Albert and his young family and force them on a lifeboat as the Titanic began slipping beneath the waves.Anytime the Titanic is spoken of and there is mention of a man surviving, there is the controversy of whether the man forced his way onto a lifeboat or bribed his way aboard or, in some cases, actually dressed like a woman to gain entry According to Williams, the Woman and Children First rule wasn t enforced as strongly as legend says During the evacuation, she said, men weren t allowed off the port side of the ship But, they were allowed to enter lifeboats on the starboard side, where Albert was So I feel confident he didn t have to bribe his way off the ship In the unearthly silence after the Titanic had finally sunk, the survivors in the lifeboats could hear the lost souls in the water While few of the lifeboats were actually full, most did not allow those in the water into the boat for fear it would capsize, dooming them all The sound haunted Albert, and probably most of the survivors, for the remainder of his days Even after 60 years, he said he had to forget the sound of the screams, Williams said Otherwise, you would go crazy thinking about them In an amazing instance of irony, it was the Carpathia, hours later, that arrived and rescued the lost ship s survivors, bringing them to New York City Albert would give lectures on the event for the rest of his life, bouncing between jobs as an insurance agent and school administrator An interview with Albert can be heard on Parade.com.Sylvia s story was actually, in my opinion, a little interesting She penned a 12 page brochure about the tragedy called Women of the Titanic, which is available in e book form on various Web sites Upon her divorce from Albert, she began working at the newly founded State Farm Insurance company and was in fact the 11th person ever to be hired there She started as a secretary and later formed a romantic relationship with the founder of the company, whom she eventually married, becoming very wealthy in the process.In recent years, there have been discussions of bringing the Titanic back to the surface Items such as dishes, silverware, shoes, and luggage have been salvaged and placed in museums and included in traveling exhibits A couple years ago, a large section of the ship s hull was brought above the waves of the North Atlantic Williams said she is torn on the idea On the one hand, she doesn t want to desecrate the site where so many perished, but on the other, she is curious to see the remains She has little doubt what her great uncle Albert would want He always knew they would find it, she said, pointing out the fact it wasn t actually found until years after Albert s death He always thought they would find it and bring it to New York, finishing the journey as it was originally intended A Rare Titanic Family is not only an interesting book on the sinking of the ship, but a great insight to missionary work at the turn of the 20th century as well as a well researched history of that era.


  8. says:

    This was good from a genealogist perspective However, I was hoping for The author did a good job in the introduction setting up the story and her relationship to Albert as well as the epilogue portion There were necessarily long chapters and not long enough on others.There was information on their younger years, how they met, later divorced and life after remarriage There isn t a lot of detail or emotion played out on their experience on the Titanic nor the Carpathea after they were rescued.Have you thought of the survivor s guilt Especially for men How women and children were going to man the lifeboat oars How incredibly pitch black it was after the Titanic sank The sounds of crying and screaming The sound of silence after people froze to death Or women and children who were ported in New York with no husband, money, or possibly family These were the things I pondered during reading those chapters.This read as a full biography with the Titanic being a portion of their lives rather than their experience at that specific time.


  9. says:

    We ve heard the tragic tale of the Titanic many times, but we rarely heard anything about the passengers who survived, and how the sinking affected them This book, written by the great great niece of Albert Caldwell, a Titanic survivor, is a totally engaging recount of Albert, Silvia and baby Alden Caldwell s journey that led them onto the Titanic, the amazing survival of all three, and their lives after The sinking is just a third of the story however, and the story of the Caldwells before and after their fateful voyage is truly fascinating.


  10. says:

    Well written story about author s relatives especially Uncle Albert who told her stories about his ordeal and rescue from the Titanic lifeboats She painstaking researched the family story She was able to prove some parts of the story and disprove other parts of the story This book is a valuable addition to the Titanic catalogue of books about the disaster.