April 14th, 1912: The Lost and Forgotten Gay Passengers and Crew of the RMS Titanic [Video]
Just before midnight on April 14th. 1912 the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the in the North Atlantic Ocean. The sinking of Titanic in the early morning hours of the next day caused the deaths of more than 1,500 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
At 11:40 pm ship’s time. Titanic sideswiped an iceberg and the glancing collision caused Titanic‘s hull plates to buckle inwards along her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. By 2:20 AM, she broke apart and foundered, taking over one thousand five hundred people still aboard to their deaths. Just under two hours after the Titanic foundered, the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene of the sinking, where she brought aboard an estimated 705 survivors.
Were there gay passengers and crew on the Titanic at its time of sinking?
The answer is yes.
Jack Fritscher, author of the gayrotic novella Titanic: The Untold Tale of Gay Passengers and Crew (Palm Drive Publishing), reckoned that “if, according to Kinsey, one out of six ordinary men is gay, 225 gay men died. If two out of six in the travel industry are gay, 450 gay men died, making Titanic an overlooked but essential chapter in gay history.” Since men were more likely to go down with the ship, the gay male casualties were undoubtedly higher than most.
Among the Titanic’s passengers there was Archibald Butt, known as Archie, was an influential military aide to US presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He is described as being ‘camp’ and a ‘dandy’ who was always impeccably dressed.
Of course there is no conclusive evidence that passenger Archibald Butt was gay but when it comes to passenger Francis Millet, he was known to have an affair with writer Charles Warren Stoddard in Venice in 1875. Stoddard would later leave him, devastating Millet.
There were also Michael Whitney and Edward Wedding who were known to be lovers and and also some of the working crew including the rugged Balkan Stoker, the redheaded Royal Purser Felix Jones, ship’s second carpenter Michael Brice and Third Officer Sam Maxwell.
Learn more about the gay passengers upon the RMS Titanic and that fateful night and watch Hugh Brewster, author of ‘RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives on a Fatal Voyage’ talks about the untold gay story of the Titanic’s fatal maiden voyage.