Mar 25-12

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2012: March: Mar 25-12
Maude Sincock Roberts    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos from Carol Schwab

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 08:28 am:

No doubt, one hundred years ago on this very morning young "Maudie" Sincock woke up with the growing excitement of her upcoming trip to America. During those days her father Frank was separated from the family. They were in Cornwall and he was in Hancock, where he worked at Quincy Mine. He had made the trip last fall (1911) to this new job, and it was time to bring the family back over, too. I say "back over" because they had lived in North America previously for awhile - actually in Canada - and it was during that time that little Maude was born.

She was 20 years old at the time (the left side of today's Shoebox Memory photo above), less than a month away from her 21st birthday. If we could jump back a century and hear what was on Maude's mind the morning of 3/25/1912... she was making plans for the trip to Southampton, where she was booked on an older passenger vessel bound for the U.S. However, the coal strike would force her ship to give up its coal - and its passengers - to a brand new luxury liner, preparing for its maiden voyage. Maude and her friends would be surprised to receive the news they would get to sail on the Titanic.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of that fateful voyage, many memorials to the victims - as well as the survivors - are planned around the country. One such event is scheduled right here in the Copper Country at Portage Lake District Library, a week from tomorrow (April 2) at 7pm. You can read more about Maude's experience at Encyclopedia Titanica. Our thanks to Carol Schwab for today's photos, and for the invitation to the library in Houghton at 7pm on April 2. Maybe we'll see some of you there?

Have a good week :o)

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:48 am:

My favorite movie about that tragedy was "A Night To Remember". Very hauntingly sad occurance.....all those poor souls.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:10 am:

My sweetie would not be here today if it was not for his mom getting sick as a child. His mothers family had passage on the Titanic and his mother, as a child, got sick so they either gave away the tickets or sold them. And here he is today, my sweetie. ;O)

By Paul Roberts (Grizzlyadams) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:26 am:

So was Maude a survivor? Certainly a sad story but at the same time there were some pretty incredible stories within the tragedy. Of course I'm in no way discounting those who died.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:27 am:

Thanks for the link. That is an amazing story.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30 am:

Shirley, I second the movie, "A Night To Remember" a favorite!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:43 am:

Maude did survive. She was put on boat 11 with other passengers. She passed away in 1984.

By S. Hill (Azfinn) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 12:40 pm:

I remember Mrs. Roberts. She was a sweet lady. Her
granddaughter Debby Roberts and I were childhood
friends and lived by each other in Houghton. Debby's
mom and dad were very good folks. I knew her grandma
was a Titanic survivor and enjoyed the stories. As a
kid I didn't completely realize how significant that

By Peter Ouillette (Peterouillette) on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 05:35 pm:

In 1981 a class from Hancock's EL Wright elementary school sang a song about the Titanic at their spring program; I was in first grade at the time. I remember Mrs. Roberts being invited up on stage and being given flowers. And the refrain of the song was "It was sad when the great ship went down." Thanks very much for posting this memory.

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