Titantic at 100: Part 3 – Philadelphia Victims Laid To Rest


Originally posted on CBS Philly:

By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Quite a few of the victims of the RMS Titanic disaster, 100 years ago this week, are buried in a Philadelphia cemetery.

Gwen Kaminski, of Laurel Hill Cemetery, says the number of graves there underscores just how horrendous the event was.

“Because it happened so long ago, a lot people forget that this was not just a movie we see. This was a terrible tragedy,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

Kaminski says the names represented a “who’s who” of Philadelphia society at that time.

In the end, the recovered bodies each got an index card attached to it.  One was Philadelphia lawyer William Crothers Dulles.

“They noted what type of clothing he wore,” Kaminski says, “and also his personal effects — the gold watch and chain.  And on the clip was his initials, ‘WCD,’ and that is how they were able to identify him.”

(Credit: Michelle Durham)

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