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* Ohio Finns on the Titanic*
By Sharon Ojanpa Mackey
At the August 10, 2015, meeting of the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Mary Ann Whitley entertained the gathering with the story of several Finns associated with northeast Ohio who had been on the Titanic when the ship hit an iceberg and went down into the cold Atlantic waters. What was thought at first to be just a brush with the iceberg happened at 11:40 p.m. the night of Sunday, April 14, 1912. Just over two and a half hours later, at 2:20 a.m. in the early morning of April 15, 1912, the ship disappeared beneath the waves.
The Titanic was supposedly unsinkable, the newest and best ship ever built. It was her maiden voyage, beginning April 10, 1912. She left Southampton on her way across the Atlantic to New York, with 2,230 people on board, including her crew. Only 713 survived the disaster. Fifty-five people on the ship were traveling to Ohio; twenty-seven made it. Some of these passengers were Finnish. These are their stories.