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Photos of the RMS TITANIC rescue and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown sold at auction for US 42 K
Top: Left - Titanic sinking from movie; Right - Ice Bergs; Bottom - Headline from New York newspaper printing early reports of many more saved than the final numbers.

Photos of the RMS TITANIC rescue and the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown sold at auction for US 42 K

The album belonged to Louis M Ogden, a New York socialite aboard the RMS Carpathia – the ship that rescued survivors of the Titanic.

  • Carpathia passenger’s scrapbook of the Titanic rescue – including a photo of the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s lifeboat New York socialite Louis M. Ogden’s scrapbook includes several pictures showing the rescue of survivors of the Titanic sinking.
  • Ogden and his wife were sailing to Europe on the Carpathia in April 1912 when the ship was called to respond to the site of the Titanic’s iceberg collision.
  • Among Ogden’s pictures is a photo of Lifeboat No. 6 being rescued, which had Margaret Brown on board.
  • Mrs. Brown would later be nicknamed the Unsinkable Molly Brown for standing up to the sailor in charge of her boat, who refused to turn back for survivors.
  • Another photo shows the iceberg Mr. Ogden believes the Titanic struck. Historical records show that the Ogdens pitched in to help the survivors being brought on board their ship.

The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown comes to the rescue

The Carpathia arrived at the tragic scene where the Titanic had struck an iceberg at dawn.  The Titanic was gone, but the Carpathia found surviving passengers and crew having waited out the night in lifeboats. Ogden, a lawyer, had bought a new camera for the trip, which was still a rare thing to own unless you were wealthy.
He took pictures of the rescue – showing lifeboats approaching the ship and being brought on deck –  including lifeboat no. 6, which had the now famous Margaret Brown on board.

 Louis M Ogden, New York socialite. RMS Titanic,RMS Carpathia, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Archibald Gracie IV, auction, SS California

Top: RMS Titanic; Bottom Left: Ogden’s photo of Titanic lifeboat; Bottom Right: The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown.

  • Mrs. Brown was later nicknamed the Unsinkable Molly Brown for her courage in standing up to the sailor in charge of the boat, who refused to turn back to look for survivors in the water.

Decendent of Archibald Grace survives

Archibald Gracie IV, a direct descendant of the Archibald Gracie who built Gracie Mansion, the New York City Mayor’s official residence, survived the sinking by climbing on top of an overturned lifeboat.

  • When he was rescued by the Carpathia, he found Ogden, an old friend on board. He wrote about the experience in his book about the disaster, The Truth About the Titanic.
  • “I am particularly grateful to a number of kind people on the Carpathia who helped replenish my wardrobe, but especially to Mr. Louis M. Ogden, a family connection and old friend. To Mrs. Ogden and to Mr. and Mrs. Spedden, who were on the Titanic, and to their boy’s trained nurse, I am also grateful. They gave me hot cordials and hot coffee which soon warmed me up and dispersed the cold,” Gracie wrote.

Mr. Ogden died in 1946, and after that, his wife moved to Florida.

RMS Titanic scrapbook includes 500 pictures

Mr. Ogden’s scrapbook includes 500 pictures with notations from his trips to Algiers, the Sahara, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Gibralter, Switzerland, Greece and Austria with his wife in 1911 and 1912.

 Louis M Ogden, New York socialite. RMS Titanic,RMS Carpathia, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Archibald Gracie IV, auction, SS California

Top: Left – Photo of the iceberg that sank the Titanic according to Ogden; Right – Photo of an iceberg near rescue site; Lower:  Left – The Ogden’s with the Carpathia captain; Right – Titanic lifeboat being hauled on board the Carpathia.

But the focus for the collector who bought the album will be the photos that show the Carpathia rescue.

While living in Florida Mrs. Ogden gifted a book about the Titanic to her ophthalmologist, which she annotated, and which he later shared with the Ocean Liner Museum.

  • In the book, she described how her husband was woken in the early morning by the sound of the lifeboats around 4:30 am.
  • “My husband also believed we were on fire, hearing the shocks of the lifeboats overhead and got me up and dressed. We were on deck when the first boat arrived. We had been told it was an accident to the Titanic but did not believe it until we saw the (White Star) insignia on the lifeboats,” she wrote.
  • Ogden says she gave a first-class woman, Mrs. Lucile Carter, some of her clothes to wear on the three-day journey back to New York.

During that time, she says some of the Titanic’s wealthiest survivors were put up in the Captain’s quarters.
“Mrs. Astor, Mrs. Thayer, and Mrs. Widener were put in the Captain’s quarters. I lent them clothes and took them flowers and fruit every day,” Mrs. Ogden said.

 Louis M Ogden, New York socialite. RMS Titanic,RMS Carpathia, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Archibald Gracie IV, auction, SS California

Upper: Left – Titanic passengers being helped aboard the Carpathia; Right – Titanic lifeboats on the deck of the Carpathia; Bottom – The SS California.

  • She later added that White Star Line chairman Bruce Ismay, who fled the ship on a lifeboat meant to be loading only women and children, kept to his cabin for the length of the journey.
  • When they returned to New York, the Titanic survivors disembarked. Twenty-four hours later, the Carpathia restarted its journey to Europe, and Mrs. Ogden says only one original passenger decided to forgo the journey.Mr. Ogden died in 1946, and after that, his wife moved to Florida.

Mr. Ogden died in 1946, and after that, his wife moved to Florida.

  • “It’s a tremendous archive of first-generation photos that not only documents the harrowing rescue but offers an unprecedented number of iceberg photographs,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction located in Amhurst, New Hampshire.
  • “Images of the two-peak Titanic iceberg are tremendously rare, and this a true one-of-a-kind and museum-quality collection,” added Livingston.

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