A Legendary Woman Who Escaped the Titanic, Britannic, And Olympic

A Legendary Woman Who Escaped the Titanic, Britannic, And Olympic


In the early 1900s, traveling by ship was
all the rage. White Star Line was one of the most prominent and luxurious shipping lines
of the time, catering to the rich and famous. With a reputation like that, you’d probably
expect that their ships wouldn’t, you know, sink? Well, I guess popularity doesn’t guarantee
smooth sailing… Violet Constance Jessop learned that lesson
the hard way. She survived three disasters on three different ships, but all belonging
to White Star Line! So who was this lucky (or perhaps unlucky) lady, and what could’ve
possibly put her in such similar catastrophes time after time? Violet Jessop was born in Argentina, the oldest
of 6 siblings in an Irish immigrant family. When she was just 16, they lost their father,
so her mother decided to move the family back to Great Britain where she found work as a
ship’s stewardess. Unfortunately, her mother fell ill a few years later and couldn’t
work anymore, so it was up to Violet to provide for her family. She dropped out of school
to look for a job, and following in her mom’s footsteps, was soon employed as an ocean liner
stewardess with the Royal Mail Line. This was actually unusual for a woman her age at
that time since stewardesses back then were generally older and more mature-looking. So,
at her 21 years of age, she purposely wore dated clothes designed for more mature women
just so that she could look older! She also stayed clear of wearing makeup to help her
show any fine lines on her face. It’s not often you hear of a woman trying to dress
and look older than she really is, but I get it – it helped land her a job she urgently
needed. A few years later in 1911, she started working
aboard White Star Line’s RMS Olympic, which at the time was the largest of all passenger
ships. This is where Jessop experienced her first ship disaster. As they were leaving
the harbor, a British warship accidentally crashed into the Olympic, leaving it with
two massive holes in the hull. Fortunately, the ship hadn’t gone too far yet and managed
to get back safely without ending up at the bottom of the sea. Nobody was hurt during
this mishap. Also during that time, a new ship was being
built, and it was the talk around town. It was said to be the Titan of the Sea, the ultimate
“unsinkable” ship. That’s right, I’m talking about Titanic. Violet Jessop was really
enjoying her job on board the Olympic and had no intentions of going anywhere else.
But everyone kept telling her to apply for a transfer to the headline-making sister ship
– they all thought it would be the coolest ship to work on! She eventually caved in to
the peer pressure and sent in her application. Once on board the Titanic, she did find herself
liking the improved servant’s quarters and was happy to still be working with all of
her friends. As we all know by now, this ship was not as
lucky as the Olympic, and with almost cruel irony, it certainly didn’t live up to its
nickname. The great unsinkable Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage on April 14, 1912 after
crashing into an iceberg. Jessop was in her cabin when the collision happened. She was
immediately called to go and help up on deck, guiding women and children to the lifeboats.
Eventually, she was put on one of those boats and was handed a baby to take care of. In
the freezing cold of the North Atlantic air, they waited a grueling 8 hours for help. The
ship Carpathia ended up coming to the rescue. As Jessop recalled, after everyone was safely
on board, a woman rushed over and grabbed the baby out of her arms and ran away without
saying a word. Yeah, she thought it was strange too, but she figured the frantic woman must
have been the baby’s mother. So, recap: she’s already survived two consecutive
ship crashes at this point: one in 1911 and the other a year later in 1912. Now fast-forward
a few years later to 1916. Jessop was then serving as a nurse for the British Red Cross.
She was posted on yet another sister ship to the Titanic and owned by White Star Line:
HMHS Britannic. This ship’s designers had learned from the mistakes of the previous
two White Star Line disasters and built this one to be the safest of the three. One of
the biggest adjustments was that it had way more lifeboats onboard. In fact, this ship
had enough lifeboats to carry 3,600 people, which was much more than the maximum amount
of passengers it could hold! (Compare that to the Titanic, which had a tragic shortage
– an oversight that would end up costing more people their lives.) Anyway, the Britannic had been converted into
a hospital ship to help bring wounded soldiers back home. And as fate would so cruelly have
it yet again, Jessop found herself in a third ship disaster within a span of 5 years! This
time, however, it wasn’t due to faulty design or bad planning – it was an unexpected explosion
that caused it to sink into the Aegean Sea. It’s theorized they either ran into an underwater
mine or were hit by a torpedo. To this day, no one really knows what caused the explosion
that sank the Britannic. Thankfully, most of the passengers and crew survived. Although
Jessop was among the lucky ones, she did receive a pretty serious head injury while trying
to escape in a lifeboat that was being sucked under by the force of the sinking vessel.
Some years later, after suffering from constant, painful headaches, she finally decided to
go to the doctor and found out that she’d actually fractured her skull! Do you think this woman was doomed with bad
luck, or do you think it was good luck that carried her through bad times? Perhaps it
was a little bit of both or that she was just such a resilient survivor. Even at a young
age, Jessop made it through an unlikely circumstance. When she was a little girl, she got really
sick, and the doctors didn’t think she’d make it through the next few months. Well,
she obviously did and would even outlive all her younger siblings in the end! Maybe her
rough early years gave her the grit she needed to make it through all those other tough experiences
she’d have later in life. I guess we can only speculate? Jessop was unique in other ways too. When
she turned 36, she finally decided to get married. Her groom, 46-year-old John James
Lewis, was supposedly a ship steward according to the records. The wedding took place on
October 29, 1923 – it was a Monday…and probably a grey one at that if we’re talking
fall in London! If you’re the superstitious type, then you might not be surprised to find
out that the marriage didn’t last very long at all. Jessop never did have any children,
which was pretty rare in an age when a “child-free” lifestyle wasn’t really accepted. Well, in any case, Jessop just put all her
time and energy into her job. She really must’ve loved what she did for a living since, despite
everything she’d been through, she continued to work as a ship stewardess for over 40 years.
She even worked on a cruise line that took her around the world twice! Luckily, she never
encountered another disaster at sea again after the Britannic. Three times must’ve
been enough. “Miss Unsinkable” (as she was dubbed)
eventually retired to a cute little cottage in the English countryside that she decorated
with trinkets she’d collected during her 4 decades of work and adventure. And get this:
Violet recalled a strange day when a woman rang her up claiming to be the little baby
that the stewardess had saved from the Titanic so many years prior! But the mysterious caller
hung up before any conversation got started. Some people think that this was just a prank
call, but Jessop swore that she never told anyone about the baby she’d rescued so long
ago. Now that’s pretty wild! Passing at the age of 83 in 1971, I think
one can say that Violet Jessop lived a full and happy life giving her so many amazing
tales to tell the world. Boy, would it have been cool to sit down and have a chat with
this incredible woman! Do you know about other ordinary people who
ended up having extraordinary lives? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
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100 Replies to “A Legendary Woman Who Escaped the Titanic, Britannic, And Olympic”

  1. Moral of the Story Don't go on a ship when it has a 'ic' in the name 2 dont name your ship unsinkable 3 you need luck

  2. 4:58, you have used the wrong picture of the Britannic. This is the picture of the third Britannic of the White Star Line company, which came into service much later, in 1930.

  3. Wow. U all sound super intelligent. Ships ending in 'ic!' Ships ending in 'ic!' I feel so blessed by Jesus, good grammar, The White Star Line, & the public school system. Your tiny little thimbles overflow.

  4. 5:00 that's not The Britannic. Well it is but that's a different ship that came later and used the same name as The Britannic. The Britannic looked like her sister ships and this one doesn't.

  5. So the titanic was unsinkable hmmm OK give proof!!!! Captain: well it sank cuz a explosion. No that was the britannic

  6. I think she was 30 bad luck and 70 good luck, because she survived the ship crashes but she got a serious head injury so I think she is pretty lucky at least

  7. Just dont go on a ship that ends with ic or if its from the white star or just dont go on a ship thats says its unsinkable it'll jinx it

  8. Iceberg: I will sink you
    Titanic: Nope! I'm unsinkable
    After two minutes titanic was sinking
    iceberg: look!! I told u
    Titanic: yeah u did and I sinked, but not that women

  9. the Britannic in the video is the wrong one the White Star Line made 3 britanic,s one in the 1800 one in 1912 and one in the 1960s the britanic that sank is the one in 1912 and the one in the video is the in 1960.

  10. KNow one had survived the Titanic she would of had died from the ocean temp being negative 3 dagrees and being miles out on the ocean

  11. I think it was both bc it’s bad why? she had to go through that and good bc she good escape 💫☄️💥🌈🌍

  12. I think all the boats were unlucky cause they all sunk and they were all made by the same company so that’s pretty weird

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