Remembering the Titanic at LAC – Part III: Canadians on the Titanic

The Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912, with 2,227 passengers and crew onboard; on April 15, 1912, the tragic collision with an iceberg claimed over 1,500 lives, mostly among the second and third class passengers.

Among the first class passengers were two Canadian businessmen; Charles Melville Hays and Harry Markland Molson.

Charles Melville Hays was born in 1856 and educated in the United States. He worked on several railways in the U.S.A. before coming to Canada in 1896. He was the General Manager of the Grand Trunk Railway, from 1896 to 1909 with the exception of a period in 1901 when he was president of the Southern Pacific Railway. In 1905 he became president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which was largely his own creation. In 1909, he was appointed president of the Grand Trunk Railway and retained this office until his death on the Titanic.  Charles was the husband of Clara J. Gregg and father of four daughters.  Learn more about Hays in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

Harry Markland Molson, also born in 1856, was the great grandson of John Molson, founder of the famous Canadian brewery.  He lived in Montreal and was former Mayor of Dorval and a member of the board of directors for the Molson Bank. You can learn more about the Molson family by reading the Dictionary of Canadian Biography online.

Library and Archives Canada has some records relating to both these gentlemen:

  • Portrait, Charles Melville Hays – President Grand Trunk Railway System, 1910 to 1912. (MIKAN3350321)
  • Charles Melville Hays fonds, MG30-A18, Volume 1. (MIKAN 97908)

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Remembering the Titanic at LAC – Part II: Published Materials

The sinking of the Titanic was a source of inspiration for musicians and filmmakers and Library and Archives Canada has some interesting pieces of audio-visual and music material in its collection! Let’s continue exploring:

Music

  • Titanic [music], words by Charles Lavell, music by Norman Fraser, 1912 (AMICUS No. 18261190)
  • Men be British!, words and music by C.A. Frame, 1912. (AMICUS No. 23424302)
  • The ice king’s bride: song, words by Cecil E. Selwyn, music by Arthur A. Penn, 1913.  (AMICUS No. 22493644)
  • The loss of the Titanic : song, words and music by Arthur S. Leslie, 1912 (AMICUS No. 23430367)
  • Back to Titanic , original music composed and conducted by James Horner. Includes My heart will go on performed by Céline Dion, (AMICUS No. 23393515)
  • Titanic [music]: a voyage in piano music by Rebekah  Maxner (AMICUS No. 39465379)

Films and Audio Recordings

  • G. Kleine collection R8745-0-3-E,3 film reels (7 min). Collection consists of short documentary clips about skating in Montreal, skating on the canal and the sinking of the Titanic .  (MIKAN 189395)
  • The discovery of the Titanic [sound recording] by Robert D. Ballard, with Rick Archbold, 1989. (AMICUS No. 8749059)
  • Titanic troubles [sound recording], part of The time capsule series of books by Ouita Petty, 1996, (AMICUS No. 16078395)
  • Titanic [sound recording]: survivors in their own voice (1915-1999), (AMICUS No. 33891610)

Books

  • RMS Titanic : the first violin : the life and loss of  the Titanic’s violinist, John Law Hume by Yvonne Hume with a foreword by Millvina Dean, Titanic’s last survivor (AMICUS No. 40112009)
  • Poems that will interest everybody [microform]  by Angus McLaughlin (AMICUS No. 19488790)
  • The wreck of the Titanic by Andrew O’Malley* (AMICUS No. 3767902)
  • Titanic disaster : report of the Committee on Commerce,  United States Senate, pursuant to S. Res. 283, directing the Committee on Commerce to investigate the causes leading to the wreck of the White Star liner Titanic : together with speeches thereon by Senator  William Alden Smith of Michigan, and Senator Isidor Rayner of Maryland (AMICUS No. 6660067)

*E-copy available.

For information on how to order published material, please read our post “How to Consult Material that Is Not Yet Available Online”.

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Remembering the Titanic at LAC – Part I: Archival Records

One hundred years later, the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate and captivate people as perhaps the most famous sea-faring disaster in modern history.  The Titanic was billed as the most grandiose and extravagant ship ever built; it was the pride of the White Star Line. “Not even God himself could sink this ship”, claimed one employee at its launch.  Nonetheless, on its maiden voyage, the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank on April 14, 1912.  More than 1500 lives were lost.

Did you know?

Within Library and Archives Canada’s collections you can find some interesting records about the Titanic . In fact, over the next few days, The Library and Archives Canada Blog will help you discover some of these records, which deal directly with the sinking of the Titanic and subsequent rescue activities.  These records can be found in our archival government records collection:

  • Records of the Governor General’s Office, RG 7, Series G.21, File 8018, Microfilm Reel T-2295 -Loss of S.S. Titanic , 1912.
  • Records of the Department of Justice, RG 13, Series A-2, Vol.172, File 1912-692, Department of External Affairs – Official letters sent by Titanic, April 1912. (MIKAN 1345549)
  • Records of the Department of Agriculture, RG 17, Vol. 1166, Docket 221220, Department Of External Affairs, Ottawa – Cable From High Commissioner Re: Official Letters on “Titanic”, Date of Docket: 1912/04/16 1992003 (MIKAN 1992003)
  • Records of the RCMP, RG 18, Series A-1, Vol. 425, File 244-12 – Official letters on wrecked steamship Titanic – Duplication of. (MIKAN 865780)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 241, File ME-4-62: Titanic – Lord Mersey’s Report, 1912 (MIKAN 1824285)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 252, File P-1-55: Titanic -Representation to the Court of Inquiry, 1912. (MIKAN 1824538)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 304, File S-7-37: Titanic -Survivors of, 1912 (MIKAN 1825232)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Series A-3-a , Vol. 1123, File 1912447: Official Correspondence Lost In Sinking Of “Titanic” To Be Replaced, 1912 (MIKAN 1826832)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 1123, File 1912-485: Facilities for Mr. Maurice Rothschild Re Identification of Bodies of Titanic Passengers, 1912.(MIKAN  1826840)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Vol. 1123, File 1912-560: Investigation into the Sinking of Titanic, 1912. (MIKAN 1826856)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25, Series B-1-b , Vol. 252, File : P-1-55 Privy Council Office (Canada) – Titanic – Representations – Court of Inquiry, 1912 (MIKAN 1824538)
  • Records of the Department of External Affairs, RG 25,Series B-1-b, Vol. 304, File S-7-3 7, Secretary of State (Canada) – Titanic – Survivors of – Committee for Relief of, 1912. (MIKAN 1825232)
  • Official Correspondence Lost in Sinking of “Titanic” to be Replaced, RG 25 A-3-a. (MIKAN 1826832)
  • Marine Branch RG 42, Vol. 200, File 32769, Report of a Formal Investigation into the circumstances attending the sinking of the Titanic, 1912-1925. (MIKAN 1640066)
  • Department of Immigration fonds, RG 76, Reel T-4706, Manifest of Passengers from the SS Titanic, arriving at New York on 18 April 1912 aboard the SS Carpathia.

Stay tuned for more information on the Titanic over the next week, as we help you discover Library and Archives Canada’s collection.

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