The Arctic sinking. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
Another shipwreck today – this one’s the SS Arctic, a steamer that went down in a heavy fog in 1854. On top of the tragic loss of life, the Arctic is notable because of the furor that followed it: The captain survived, while all of the women and children aboard, including the captain’s own family, drowned. We also take a look at the idea of “women and children first” and how that plays out today.
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For more knowledge: Taken by the Sea: 11 Real-life Shipwrecks
Episode link: The Sinking of the SS Arctic
- Bryant, Dennis L. “Sinking of SS Arctic, 159 years ago.” OE Digital. Sept. 26, 2013. http://www.oedigital.com/component/k2/item/4077-sinking-of-ss-arctic-27-september-1854
- Encyclopedia Brittanica. “Grand Banks.” http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/241118/Grand-Banks
- Lee, Jane J. “Women, Children Not More Likely to Survive Shipwrecks.” Live Science. July 30, 2012. http://www.livescience.com/21951-women-children-first-shipwreck-myth.html
- Lorenzi, Rossella. “Women and Children First? Not Anymore.” Discovery News. Apr. 13, 2010. http://news.discovery.com/history/us-history/titanic-women-children-120413.htm
- Luce, James C. “The Wreck of the Arctic — Captain Luce’s Statement.” Maritime Heritage Project. http://www.maritimeheritage.org/ships/Arctic.html
- New York Times. “Capt. James C. Luce Dead.” July 11, 1879. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F50D17F6355B137B93C3A8178CD85F4D8784F9
- Othfors, Daniel. “The Arctic.” Great Ocean Liners. http://www.thegreatoceanliners.com/arctic.html
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