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Why you’ve never heard of the six Chinese men who survived the Titanic

canada goose A photograph circa 1912 of the RMS Titanic. (PA Images/Getty Images)

canada goose clearance In the early hours of April 15, 1912, a lifeboat navigated the frigid waters of canada goose uk outlet the North Atlantic Ocean, its skeleton crew scanning the dark, debris littered surface for any sign of life. Hours earlier, the unthinkable had happened: The RMS Titanic, a majestic ocean liner deemed „unsinkable,“ had struck an iceberg and slowly disappeared into the sea on its maiden voyage.

Canada Goose sale Hundreds of passengers fled in lifeboats. Hundreds more perished, going down with the ship or canada goose coats freezing to death in the icy water. The only one of canada goose clearance Titanic’s lifeboats to turn back cheap canada goose uk to the wreckage found body after body until it discovered a young Chinese man, still alive, clinging to a piece of wood.

That man would be one of six Chinese passengers who survived the Titanic, a little known fact about the historic disaster that has largely remained untold or distorted, owing to a racially hostile environment toward Chinese people in the West at the turn of the 20th century.

canada goose coats on sale Now, the lives of these men who they were, how they survived that fateful night and why they were barred from entering the United States are being examined in a buy canada goose jacket new documentary, „The canada goose coats on sale Six,“ by Arthur Jones and Steven Schwankert. „These were the only guys amongst those 700 that no one had ever claimed. They just completely disappeared. Why did they get ignored?“

buy canada goose jacket cheap On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set off uk canada goose outlet on her maiden voyage to the United States from Southampton, England, with 2,229 canadian goose jacket passengers and crew members. The ship was supposed to arrive a week later at its transatlantic destination: New York City. on April 14, the Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and began to take on water. Within hours, the massive ocean liner had cleaved in two and with hundreds still trapped on board was swallowed bythe frigid waters of what is now known as „Iceberg Alley.“

canada goose black friday sale About 1,500 people died in the tragedy. About 700 passengers survived and were plucked from their cheap Canada Goose lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia the next morning.

The ill fated voyage has been immortalized in countless documentaries, books and museums and in the tin whistled opening bars of a certain Celine Dion song now indelibly associated with the shipwreck, thanks to James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. (Be honest: The tune is in your head as you read this.)

canada goose store Over the past century, volumes have been written about Canada Goose Coats On Sale hundreds of the Titanic’s victims and survivors, their life stories preserved inastonishing detail by history canada goose uk black friday books buy canada goose jacket cheap and their descendants. However, for six Chinese passengers who survived the sinking, their ties to the Titanic have all but vanished. For starters, the longtime documentary partners were in the Canada Goose Online midst of another project.

canada goose clearance sale But canada goose also: It was canada goose black friday sale theTitanic,Schwankert recalled Jones saying.

Canada Goose online „Everything’s been done,“ Schwankert said they thought. „There’s nothing new to say about it. And this was not so long after the 100th uk canada goose anniversary“of the canada goose uk shop 1912 voyage.

Canada Goose Jackets Still, he pressed on. The New Jersey native, who has lived in China for 22 years, had recently researched the Titanicand come across a brief mention of six Chinese survivors. But the more canada goose store he tried tofind out about the six, the more dead ends he hit.

„It really started to bother me. Like, why don’t we know?“ Schwankert said. The invisibility of the six Chinese survivors is such that, even in China, Jones and Schwankert find themselves telling people: Yes, therewere, in fact,Chinese passengers on the Titanic.

Eight Chinese nationals boarded the ship at Southampton, to be exact. Their names appear in rigid cursive for third class passengers: Ah Lam, Fang Lang, Len Lam, Cheong Foo, Chang Chip, Ling Hee, Lee Bing and Lee Ling.

Canada Goose Parka A still from „The Six,“ an upcoming documentary Canada Goose sale about the little known Chinese survivors of the Titanic. (LP DOCS/Merryman Films)

canada goose coats Through two years of painstaking documentation, the filmmakers determined that the men in the group probably knew one another beforehand, having worked together as professional sailors on various ships in Britain. Because of an ongoing coal strike there, the men were being transferred by their company to a freighter canada goose clearance sale docked in Canada Goose Outlet New York, the Annetta, which was to take them to Cuba.

canada goose deals „The reason they were traveling on Titanic in the first place is for work,“ Schwankert said. to go and work on the companies in North America.“

Canada Goose Outlet Their trip would not go as planned, of course.

buy canada goose jacket How the eight men responded as the Titanic began taking on water may never be known. They would have been traveling in steerage, the lowest class of cabins, where the survival rate for non British men was only about Canada Goose online 20 percent. Notably, four were in“Collapsible C,“ a backup escape vessel with canvas siding that was one of the last lifeboats to be lowered from the ship. The ship’s quartermaster, George T. Rowe, was on „Collapsible C“ as well and alsotestifiedto canada goose outlet sale the presence of the Chinese canada goose factory sale passengers, though he suggestedthey had „found“ the four men „between the seats“ only at daybreak.

A Canada Goose Jackets still from „The Six,“an upcoming documentary about the little known Chinese survivors of the Titanic. (LP DOCS/Merryman Films)

Schwankert noted that the official testimony was instrumental in getting their research started on the Chinese survivors.

canadian goose jacket „Let me put it this way: I view the Chinese passengers as the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the Titanic,“ Schwankert said. „They’re not major characters. But they pop up at really opportune moments in the story. In the Canada Goose Parka beginning, Ismay’s testimony was really some of the only information that we had that even verified that theyeven existed.“.

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