Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop- Titanic Survivor Stories

Uploaded by titanicstories on 28.11.2011

I was on Titanic and her two sister ships.
All three?
It all started when I was a girl of 17. My mother was ill.
So I decided, as money was urgently needed,
to try myself for a position as a stewardess on a ship.
The meeting went well until he said I was far too young and attractive,
so I gave him my word that I would be most circumspect and careful
if he could see his way to giving me the post.
I had a great many journeys at sea.
One in particular, the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship.
The largest and finest to fly the British flag.
I used to get a fresh thrill
every time I walked through Olympic's beautiful staterooms
with all their exquisite woodwork and their sumptuous silk furnishings.
I spent a year on that wonderful ship.
I even got a marriage proposal from one of the passengers.
But later in the year,
the Olympic collided with another ship, the HMS Hawke.
- Was that your first crash? - Yes.
And I hoped it would be my last.
But it was only a year before I joined the crew of the Titanic.
This second ship was...
..decidedly grander and improved in every way.
There were private decks for the best suites
and you should see the lace bedspreads.
Truly beautiful.
But it was on the Sunday night.
It was oh so quiet, oh so calm,
when, crash!
We've been told to don our lifejackets.
I felt quite chilly with mine on,
so I went down to get something to cover my shoulders.
It was strange to see all the rooms lit up so brilliantly,
their doors open and their contents lying all around in a mess.
Jewels were sparkling on dressing room tables.
Before I could do anything, young Mason hailed me.
"Look after this, will you?"
And he threw a young babe into my arms.
It was 1916 when I had my next misadventure.
I was working as a nurse with the Red Cross when we were hit.
We struck a mine.
We got into the lifeboats,
but the huge propellers were churning and mincing everything around them,
like men and boats.
My boat was getting nearer and nearer, so I jumped.
I couldn't breathe,
and there was this terrific crash above me.
Something hit me in the back of the head.
All I could feel was this whirling and choking ache.
All of a sudden,...
..I rose to the light of day.
And I could breathe.
All the deck machinery fell into the sea like... like a child's toys.
And then she made a fearful plunge and disappeared into the depths.
But you survived.
Yes, I did.
For a third time.