On this day - November 18 - 4 Titanic Passengers were born

On November 18th four Titanic passangers were born - 2 men and 2 women, 2 first class and 2 third class, 2 survived and 2 did not. Here are the stories of Herman Klaber, Philippe Wisman, Wadi'ah Nakid and Orian Davidson.

Photo credit: Encyclopedia Titanica


ORIAN DAVIDSON (nee Hays) (b November 18, 1884 in Canada) Along with her husband, Thorton Davidson, her mother, Clara Jennings Gregg and father, Charles Melville Hays, Orian Davidson was a guest of J. Bruce Ismay on this maiden voyage of Titanic. Orian and Thorton were travelling first class home to Montreal, Quebec, Canada after a lovely holiday in Paris. They boarded the Titanic in Cherbourg, France on April 10, 1912. Orian and her mother were rescued from the sinking ship in Lifeboat 3, which was the third to be lowered from the starboard side, carrying about 38 survivors. Sadly, both Orian's husband and father perished that night.


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KLABER, Herman (b November 18, 1870 in San Francisco, California, USA) - Herman Klaber boarded the Titanic in Southhampton, England as a first class passenger on April 10, 1912. He was headed home after being at sea since January 1912 where he had sailed across the Atlantic on the Titanic's sister ship, Olympic. Herman died in the sinking and his body was never recovered.






NAKID, Wadi'ah (nee Muawwad) (b November 18, 1892 in Edhin, Lebanon) - Wadi'ah, her husband, Said and their infant daughter, Mariayam (b spring 1911) purchased a third class ticket for the Titanic's maiden voyage heading to Watebury, Connecticut to start a new life there. This is where her mother-in-law, Cattur Habib Nakid lived. Cattur had no idea her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter were travelling aboard the Titanic but once she received word of the fate of the great ship she rushed to New York where they arrived safely aboard the Carpathia on April 18, 1912. The entire family was saved on Collapsible Boat C which was one of the very last boats to leave the sinking ship. Collapsible C is most famous for being the lifeboat on which J. Bruce Ismay saved himself from certain death, for which he received heavy criticism.


Although Wadi'ah's infant daughter Mariayam was one of only 712 to survive the sinking, sadly she was the first Titanic survivor to die, succumbing to meningitis just a few months later, in July of 1912.


WISEMAN, Phillipe (b. November 18, 1858 in Canada) - There is very little known about Phillipe Wiseman. He boarded the Titanic with a third class ticket on April 10, 1912 in Southhampton, England, travelling to his final destination of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Unfortunately he never made it and his body was never recovered.

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