A Woman Named Titanic

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the infamous ship, relatives of Norfolk's survivors tell their stories.

The Titanic

When the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic was remembered in April, it was an international event.

“The Titanic is one of those stories that the public seems to latch onto. I think part of our fascination with it is because of all of the hype about the launch and it being unsinkable. Then on the maiden voyage to have it end as tragically as it did,” says Armalita Holley with the Mariners’ Museum. She organized the museum’s Titanic Day in April.

While the last survivor of the disaster died in 2009, survivors’ families are still alive to remember their relatives and what they went through on the night of April 14, 1912. Members of Aks’ and Yazbeck’s families also still live in the area near the ocean that nearly ended their lives before they began.