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Ohio Tales of the Titanic

The Buckeye State’s Fascinating Connections
to the World’s Most Famous Shipwreck

About the Book

This book, published in April 2012,  relates the compelling stories of the 55 people traveling to Ohio who were on board the Titanic. Among them were new brides who left their husbands on the sinking ship, immigrants whose plans for a new life were torn apart and prominent business people returning from sojourns abroad. Ohio Tales of the Titanic also follows the survivors’ lives after the disaster, as some were stalked by other tragedies, and points out some fascinating modern connections to the most famous ship of all time.

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About the Authors

Janet A. White is a library specialist with Northside Medical Center in Youngstown and lives in Girard, Ohio. Janet has been researching the Ohio Titanic connections for decades, gathering information and talking to descendants. Janet is a past trustee of Titanic International Society. She has written articles for the organization’s quarterly journal, Voyage, and is the co-author with Gerald E. Nummi of I’m Going to See What Has Happened, which relates the story of Titanic survivor Elin Hakkarainen and other Finnish Titanic passengers.

Mary Ann Whitley is a longtime journalist, currently a copy editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and lives in the eastside suburb of University Heights, Ohio. She became interested in the Ohio Titanic story in 1998 when she met Janet and discovered Ohio’s extensive ties to the disaster. Since then, she has researched the Northeast Ohio-bound passengers and interviewed a number of descendants. She has written articles for Titanic International Society’s quarterly journal, Voyage, and served as a trustee of the society for nine years. Mary Ann also has a personal connection to the Titanic, as her grandfather helped to build the ship in Belfast.

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Read what Charles A. Haas, President of Titanic International Society, has to say about Ohio Tales of the Titanic:

“At its closest, the state of Ohio is about 1,575 miles from the spot where the Royal Mail Ship Titanic sank on its maiden voyage a century ago. One might well think that an inland American state would have few connections to history’s most famous ship. Nothing could be further from the truth. Digging through dusty archives and employing intensive Internet researching, authors Janet White and Mary Ann Whitley have unearthed the dramatic life stories of 55 people who either lived in or were traveling to the Buckeye State. But this fascinating book casts its informational net even more widely, reporting on other Ohioans directly involved in Titanic’s story in the years since the disaster. From the wealthy who enjoyed the ocean journey in first class, to the humble immigrants in third class who were seeking a new life in the New World, the authors have woven a new human tapestry for Titanic that is both compelling and fascinating.”

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Read what Robert Bracken, Titanic International Society trustee and passenger historian, has to say about Ohio Tales of the Titanic:

“Authors Janet White and Mary Ann Whitley, after years of comprehensive research and compilation of documents, memoirs, and interviews, have written an informative and detailed book on Titanic and its Ohio people connections which captures the character of the people of 1912.  . . . consisting of in-depth research and numerous interviews with a number of Titanic passenger descendants, which evidences their attention to detail in their unique work. The authors have divided their work into chapters by region of Ohio, and then detail all aspects of the lives of those Titanic figures associated with that region. They further chronicle people’s connections to modern aspects of Titanicdom. The book is fascinating in scope . . .”


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2 Responses to “Welcome to our book blog!”

  1. David Toohey Says:

    Congratulations Janet and Mary ann, I wish you luck on the success of the book. Yes Janet I am Judy’s (hospital gift shop) Son.

  2. Mike Poirier Says:

    One of the most informative books to come out for the 100th anniversary. Great job!

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