Eva Hart Speaks About Her Memories Of The Titanic Survivor Interview
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[Eva Hart Speaks About Her Memories Of The Titanic Survivor Interview]
Eva Hart was 7 years old when she boarded the Titanic with her parents
She survived with her mother. But her father was lost. These are some of her memories.
Some passengers were transferred to the laid up IMM ships, Eva Hart with her family were originally booked on the Philadelphia.
[Eva Miriam Hart (31 January 1905 – 14 February 1996):]
We were booked in the ship called Philadelphia, and this coal strike came in she didn’t sail, and we have then offered a berth in the Titanic which actually like to get forever sort of is wonderful – the whole world was talking about it actually and my mother had this dreadful premonition she’d never had ran before and we never had run after. But she said no, we – we can’t do this. It’s quite wrong something dreadful will happen. And I tell you what – the sort of woman she was she got both feet on the ground and for her to behave like that was absolutely unbelievable to everyone. But she just had that premonition.
I was certain I’ve read that it was a big ship it didn’t really conveyed as much as it did to my parents, obviously, I mean I’ve never been in a ship at all before. So it didn’t convey very much to me but I didn’t – everyone was talking about it.
It was inevitable that the Titanic would sink. Thomas Andrews the ships designer confirmed this to Captain Smith. But still the passengers were unaware of the imminent peril.
I was in bed of course, and she just came and joined whatever was happening during the evening that sort of thing. And my father got very crossed because he had every reason to dislike gambling – his father had been a compulsive gambler and had died utterly penniless from being quite a wealthy man. And so everybody was gambling on this Sunday night they were making books I think to service and having sweepstakes at what time she would get in so many minutes passed and so my father would have nothing to do with it. And so he went to bed quite early for him anyway. And my mother sat down to sew and read and she looked up him – he was reading he said he got a very interesting book but quite quickly. He went to sleep and she got up and took the book from him.
And settled down again and she said at ten minutes to twelve. She felt a slight bump and she said it was just like a train pulling into a station it just jerked, it was very slight but she said she knew that it was this dreadful something and she wakened my father. She wakened him my father said no, he want to go upper deck again at the night before but she literally pulled him out of bed and made him to go up and she then said if you are going to dress me and I being sleepy and I’m very naughty so I wasn’t going to be dressed. I think you would be dressed I’m going back to bed – my father came back very quickly because he could get up to the boat deck in the lift very quickly from where I get it was and he came back and he picked me up and wrapped his blanket tightly around me as if I were a baby.
And my mother said nothing to him and I used to say to her sometimes years afterwards I can’t understand why you didn’t say to him what was it, but she certainly did not say it. And she said I didn’t have to say what was it, I didn’t know what it was but I knew it was this dreadful something that I had to live with. For months and there’s nothing more I could say. So he put his very thick coat on her. Put another one on himself without any words at all, I mean it went of the cabin and into the lifted up on to the lower deck.
Now if we hadn’t done that at that time I’ve been in much doubt I’ll be talking to you today because as you know there were less than there was accommodation for less than 800 people in the lifeboats and she was carrying 2,200.
So it was a question as who was there in time to get into one of the all two few lifeboats. But they weren’t launched very quickly because at first never thought I think it was going to happen. But my father went away and spoke to an officer and he said they are going to launch lifeboats but you will be back on board for breakfast.
There wasn’t any panic until the lifeboats left and then there was panic galore we were down on the ocean we can hear the running about on the decks and screaming. You can imagine people came out from that cabin went on to the deck – no lifeboats tearing down the other side that’s why the panic was there, there wasn’t any panic at the time I got the lifeboat because there weren’t enough people out there and with their enough people. They should just get into the lifeboat but after that and the others started coming up from that cabin so when there were no boats – gosh there was panic quickly hear it, definitely.
[Voice Over:] Source: LYBIO.net
As each lifeboat reached the water it moved away from the ship for fear of the suction should she sink. Some will towards the lights of the ship which could be seen just a few miles away. But this ship was never identified and never reached.
And of course there are still threats of legal things even these days about whether the ships that were so close to us was the Californian or not, I mean I saw that ship it was terribly close and the other thing I’m saying is that I didn’t see a ship 19 miles away. I saw a ship that was so close and they said at the time it was less than nine miles away. Now they are trying to say it was 19 and I saw it you know it wasn’t just lights on the horizon. You could see it – it was a ship. And I saw our rockets being fired, which that ship must have seen. Well, this inquiry says that they did see it but they didn’t think it a portent of danger but I would have thought in the middle of the Atlantic in the middle of the night that rockets must mean trouble.
The band now played a solemn, some say bottom the popular belief says it was nearer my god to thee.
But there’s no question about the fact that they played and there is no question about the fact that after we were down on the water and they were playing, they played one version of the hymn “Nearer My God [To Thee]” in which there were three, I had this out so many times and the one they played was the one that was played in church. Some months off when I was with my grandmother and I was so frightened that came onto church I ran out I knew the tune so well, but they were the Americans know about it. People say no no – but it wasn’t – I know you know it was just right time.
The visible part of the ship apparently settled back slightly before it to disappear beneath the sea. It was this settling that indicated the ship had broken in two.
And we rode away from the ship as fast as we could, because one has to do that because I believe the suction when a vessel goes down isn’t it enormous. And we rode away. And we rowed away and I didn’t close my eyes at all, I saw that ship sink and I saw that ship break in half. And for so many years people have argued with me about that. But now at last it has been proven and beyond no doubt that she did break into half, I know she did, I saw her.
And the forepart went down nose first and the stern of that ship stood up in the water for quite a long time or what seemed a long time to me, and then keeled over. And we heard the dreadful sound of people drowning which is uh unbelieveable. And then because our life boat was so full, so over full, the officer pulled all the boats together and transshipped some of us, one that boat, and two in that and three in that and I got separated from my mother. And that was the most terrifying thing to happen to a child.
The most dreadful sound of all is the sound of people drowning, the screams, absolutely gostling. My mother used to say sometimes, she couldn’t get me to talk about it for years, but she kept the idea anyone did talk to me and I said that she used to say yes. But do you remember the side I followed it? And that’s quite right he says the whole world stood still that night. Once the lights had gone and the ship was gone, the sound was gone, that was dreadful – that was dreadful.
Now there was nothing to do but wait for rescue. Among those standing on the upturned boat was Harold Bride, the wireless operator, who conformed to his companions that the Carpathia was on her way. At 3:30 a.m. she was sighted on the horizon firing rockets. At 4:30 she was on the scene. Carpathia, arrived with the dock. By 8:30 had taken onboard 705 survivors and 14 lifeboats, the rest being set a drift.
And we were picked up, as you know, in the morning by this little ship, Carpathia, and the rescue of people from lifeboats in mid-ocean is quite a terrifying thing. These little boats shall we say draw up long side for the one the better expression to what looks like an enormous festival as she was quite small vessel Carpathia. But she looked big in there. And then how did you get on board? You don’t have gangplank like you do when you are onshore. And so they opened a sort of, I don’t know whether the word is right, a hatch in the side of the ship where the luggage used to be laid.
And they threw down rope ladders and people like their mother and other grownups had to climb up in mid ocean up a swaying rope ladder, rope ladder which she said was the most terrifying thing. A sailor behind was sort of holding on. And then what could the children do? We couldn’t climb up a rope ladder. So they got these big luggage nets and the mesh is pretty wide apart, it’s quite a big mesh, children would have slipped through it, – small children, anyway our leg – feet would have gone though.
So each child was put in a sack. And I remember being petrified when I was put in that sack and I was tied around and the sack full of these children were put into these huge nets and quite safely of course all aboard. But that really was quite terrifying and then having gone on board of course I couldn’t find my mother. And I didn’t find her for hours, eventually I’m done. And I’m quite sure one of the most pathetic things must have been how of a next day how these poor women such as my mother roamed about the ship looking to see if they could see their husband they left behind, but never found anyone.
A silver memorial plaque has been left on the rope is a mark of respect. And to honor her, there was an official grave to the hundreds who perished with her. As a tribute to a disaster which should never have happened.
[Eva Hart:] Source: LYBIO.net
I totally agree with my dear Dr. Bellows, where he said the whole thing was a tribute to men’s arrogance and I agree with that. The men can be so arrogant just to build something and claim that it is un-destroyable if you like. That’s just most arrogant thing to say. True is the Titanic can struck rocks or a tempest and storm and sun, that would be one thing, but this was a ship that needn’t have – lost so many lives that’s a dreadful part of it.
And as I say, all these years later this interest is profound and it’s because there was no need for anyone to die, no one should have died. Had she had enough lifeboats so two and half hours and then very smooth scene, nobody would have died. And one life is worth more than that ship truly. That is what I had saw. That is what I remember.
And there are hardly any of us now to share this memory of course. I’m the only living survivor now that can remember it and get about so to speak, I don’t think anyone that can really tell the whole story of it; except myself.
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