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January 24, 2012
This is the amazing story of Violet Jessop, a woman in a short period of five years suffered three accidents at sea on board the ships largest and most important of his day: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.
Just entered the twentieth century, the great shipping companies competed fiercely to share the juicy business that represented the journey that covered Europe with North America.
There were times when the flow of migrants from Britain and other ports of the old continent to the United States had increased by 100, making it essential to have a powerful fleet of ships capable of carrying as many people as possible.
The White Star Line in 1907 decided to launch the construction of three large liners to move from one continent to the other about four thousand passengers per flight.
That was the beginning of the implementation of the giants known as ships Olympic, Titanic and Gigantic (later named Britannic), three boats have much in common with each other and one of them would be one of the people belonging to the crew .
Two years separated the construction of each botándose the first one, Olympic, October 1910. He worked on board 860 crew, of which a number of service was personal, between which was Violet Jessop, a young waitress who was born in Argentina, but of Irish descent, he had to return to Europe after sudden illness and subsequent death of the father.
Olympic and Titanic at the shipyard in Belfast (Starway)
Life had not been too kind to the young, which had to go to work at an early age due to economic hardships which his father's death had plunged the whole family.
The mega-project to build three large ships had to be created numerous jobs in the United Kingdom, and went there to get one.
Thanks to her youth and beauty, Violet got a job as a waitress on board the Olympic, a job that used to be played by middle-aged women. It was when it crashed, the September 20, 1911, with the Royal Navy ship, HMS Hawke. There were no fatalities, but both ships were heavily damaged.
It was the first shock of the waitress on board a ship, a fact that would take away the desire to continue to work on a boat. But the family's battered economy would require further work in order to earn wages with which to help his family.
The efforts and commitment of the young, which at that time had 24 years of age, was commendable, as working 17 hours a day for just over 2 pounds a month without losing a moment the smile off his face.
His commitment and dedication made the shipping managers will propose joining the second of his transatlantic, the Titanic, as part of the service that would meet in the staterooms. 23 were elected to this distinguished position, from which it was.
Violet preferred to continue working as a waitress on board the Olympic, which took several months and knew their roles perfectly and all the staff. But eventually agreed to be part of the crew of the Titanic thanks to the advice he received from his family and friends, who encouraged her to embark on the largest passenger ship and luxurious in the world, surpassing the first of the capacity three liners built by the White Star Line.
On April 10, 1912 set sail from Southampton on Titanic. On board were 3547 people, including passengers and crew and one of them was Violet, which was excited to make this historic journey in the best boat built to date. But after two days at sea, the ocean liner fatally collide with an iceberg.
The Titanic began to sink, though, with such misfortune, fortune accompanied Violet, can save his life by being part of the crew working in first class, so the destined to occupy one of the lifeboats and thus serve passengers that required attention.
After the traumatic accident, Violet spent some time off work aboard a ship, but the shipping company followed him respecting his employment contract. However, the outbreak of World War I meant that in 1915 the White Star Line had to make available to the British government recently released her third transatlantic, the Gigantic, which had to be renamed Britannic after the Titanic disaster.
The Britannic became a hospital ship and was also used as a means of transporting troops. Violet was incorporated as a Red Cross nurse and was assigned to serve this ship, due to their perfect knowledge of it, as it was of a construction and arrangement similar to their predecessors.
But tragedy was again present in the life of Violet. On November 21, 1916, the Britannic was sailing the Aegean Sea when it hit a mine that exploded and caused extensive damage to its hull. Most people who were aboard the ship could save their lives, except for 29.
Among the survivors was Violet, who jumped overboard from the lifeboat where he was, shortly before it was sucked in and destroyed by the propellers of the liner.
Again the misfortune of crossing marine catastrophe in the life of the young and, again, fortunate to escape unharmed marked his destiny.
But this new incident did not decrease the desire and wishes of Violet Jessop to work and perform their duties in a boat, which was followed linked to the White Star Line during a long season in which he embarked again in the Olympic, the only three great ships that had survived.
Despite the shipping company to change twice, fortunately, did not suffer more accidents in the next four decades that followed related to the maritime world. World War II caught him aboard another ship, but this time without adverse consequences.
Violet retired in 1950 and lived in retirement on a small farm he had acquired to his death from heart failure in 1971, when he was 84 years old.
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