Imagine youâ€™re on your honeymoon and youâ€™re sailing home on the Titanic.
Four daysâ€“and four passionate nightsâ€“at sea with your man.
Cozy afternoons in the lounge reading a bookâ€¦slipping your hand in his. Knowing that later youâ€™ll be in each otherâ€™s arms.
Long strolls at night on the deck, looking at the starry sky overhead.
Forget the bitter cold. He has his arms around you to keep you warm.
On a drizzly Sunday morning, you attend services with your man, then look forward to an informal dinner and another night of passionâ€“
Until 11:40 p.m.
Itâ€™s the night of April 14th, 1912.
Your honeymoon comes to an abrupt end when the Titanic hits an iceberg.
Hereâ€™s what went through her head when Katie, an Irish emigrant, found herself in the company of these women:
Katie held her head in her gloved hands. It wasnâ€™t just that the fear of death was all around her or so shocking, but that she was here in the lifeboat and not the grand gentlemen married to the ladies in this boat.
First cabin ladies.
Wearing fur coats and teardrop diamond earrings and big, feathered hats with silver hatpins. Smelling of lavender and not the salty sweat of steerage. Dressed in the pink of fashion, they looked as out of place in the lifeboat as perfect plump prawns tossed into a fishermanâ€™s dirty pail. Bickering among themselves about keeping their part of the boat for their kind only. Making comments about the sailor at the tiller smoking. And generally being what they were.
First cabin ladies.
Col. Astor did not survive and unfortunately, several honeymoon couples met the same fate.
A couple who did survive, John and Nelle Snyder, had left from Southampton and were returning home to Minneapolis,Minnesota.
They lived for many years afterward (Mr. Snyder was 71 when he died and Mrs. Snyder was 94), but their letters and photos have only now surfaced, engaging us with their wondrous escape.
The Titanic continues to fascinate us with its elegance and romance. Itâ€™s comforting to know that for the Snyders, their Titanic honeymoon had a happy ending.
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