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Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon was one of the few male first-class passengers to survive the Titanic disaster of 1912. His curious rescue came under harsh ridicule.
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In the 1890s, Duff Gordon met fashion designer Lucy Wallace. At first, their relationship was professional as Duff Gordon became an investor in her company, Maison Lucile. The two later fell in love and married in 1900.
It was business that led Sir Cosmo and Lady Lucy Duff Gordon to book passage on the Titanic in 1912. Much had been written about the vessel, the latest addition to the White Star Line, and how it was supposed to the largest and most luxurious passenger ship at the time. On April 10, 1912, the Duff Gordons boarded the ship in Cherbourg, France. The couple was traveling under the name “Mr. & Mrs. Morgan” for some unknown reason.
Punctured in places by the ice, the Titanic was damaged and began to fill with water. Soon after Captain Edward J. Smith ordered the lifeboats readied and prepared to evacuate the ship, starting with women and children first. But neither the ship nor the crew were prepared for such an emergency. There were not enough room in the lifeboats for everyone and some of the boats were put into the water when they were not even half full.
On the morning of April 15, the passengers of Lifeboat 1 were taken aboard the Carpathia, a ship that answered Titanic’s distress call. The vessel made it to New York City several days later.
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