Children of the Titanic: 112 Sailed, 56 Survived

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This weekend marks the centennial of the Titanic sinking. Mommy Poppins has compiled a list of New York City events commemorating the voyage that are suitable for children. Other cities in the United States have also planned kid-friendly events to mark the occasion.

What happened to children aboard the Titanic might be of particular interest to today's kids.Here's some information about the children on the ship.

112 Children Sailed, 56 Survived

When the Titanic hit an iceberg April 14, 1912, women and children were called to the lifeboats. There were 112 children on the Titanic, with exactly half surviving, according to documentation compiled by J. Henderson of Ithaca College.

Could All Have Been Saved?

There was room for 1,178 people on the Titanic lifeboats, History on the Net notes. Because they were cast off under-filled, there were only 705 total survivors.

Had the crew and passengers heeded the call to board women and children first, every woman and child could have been saved with room to spare. There were 550 women and children on board, Henderson noted.

Who Lived, Who Died?

Unsurprisingly, it was almost exclusively children booked in steerage who died, according to Henderson's statistics. Six of the seven children in first class were saved, all of the 25 in second class were saved, and only 25 of the 80 in steerage survived. The children boarding in Queenstown, Ireland, fared worse than the other children in steerage, with a 17 percent survival rate. Those who boarded in Cherbourg had a 63 percent survival rate, while the survival rate for children boarding in Southampton was 24 percent for non-British children and 32 percent for Brits.

Case Histories

Encyclopedia Titanica identifies all of the children aboard the Titanic, including who was saved and who was not. Large families did not fare well. The Andersson, Asplund, Goodwin, Rice and Sage families were the largest in size, with five children each. They all sailed steerage and only two of the 25 children among them survived, both Asplunds.

Lillian Gertrud Asplund lost her twin brother and two other siblings. She and the brother who was saved, Edvin Rojj Felix, went on to live long lives. Lillian was 98 when she died in 2006 while Edvin succumbed to pneumonia in 1983, as his 74th birthday approached.

The four Panula boys from Finland perished as did the four Pålsson children traveling from Sweden with their mother to join their father who had emigrated to the United States two years earlier.

The three Baclini children aboard, booked in steerage, all escaped the Titanic. 3-year-old Eugenie died four months later from meningitis. 9-month-old Helene survived to adulthood but died of cancer at age 26. Only 5-year-old Marie Catherine lived into old age.

2-year-old Helen Loraine Allison of Montreal was the sole child from first class who did not survive the sinking of the Titanic.

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