- On 04/11/2013
- In Famous Wrecks
By Damien Gayle - Mail Online
Its owner survived the sinking of the Titanic and then endured a second shipwreck just two years later.
Miss Roberts spent a life at sea before finding fame by living through the infamous Titanic disaster in 1912, then surviving the sinking of the Rohilla in 1914.
But her trunk had been presumed lost to the North Sea since tempestuous winds smashed the steamship against rocks to the west of Saltwick Nab, near Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Wednesday saw the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Rohilla, where lifeboat crews battled for 50 hours to pull 144 survivors from the wreck.
Miss Roberts had been a stewardess for White Star Line for several years when she signed on for the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
It struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City and sank on April 15, 1912, claiming the lives of 1,517 passengers and crew.
The crew of the ship had failed to heed warnings of ice in the North Atlantic and were sailing at speed through an ice field when it struck the huge floe.