Million to One Chance is just the Ticket at Maritime Museum

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28 April — 28 May 2009

When John and Elizabeth Curnow from St Budeaux, Plymouth stepped into National Maritime Museum Cornwall to see the story of their family at the Titanic Honour & Glory exhibition, the last thing they expected was to be handed their relatives boarding pass from the ship.

 

When John and Elizabeth Curnow from St Budeaux, Plymouth stepped into National Maritime Museum Cornwall to see the story of their family at the Titanic Honour & Glory exhibition, the last thing they expected was to be handed their relatives boarding pass from the ship.

 

As chance would have it, out of the hundred's of replica boarding cards given to every visitor that comes to see the Titanic exhibition, John and Elizabeth were handed their great Aunt's, Addie Wells.

 

Addie, originally from Penzance , travelled with her daughter Joan, aged 4, and son Ralph, aged 2, on the Titanic to join her husband, Arthur Wells, and brother, Abendego Trevaskis. Arthur and Abendego had emigrated and Addie and her children were leaving Heamoor in Penzance to join them in Akron , Ohio .

 

John says: "It had to be fate, my Mother was a great recorder of our family history and we knew we wanted to see the exhibition to learn more ourselves, but never in a million years could we have expected to receive our great Aunt's boarding pass - surely there's more chance of winning the lottery! In fact, in a way, we felt that we had.

 

"The exhibition was so sensitively handled and re-connected us with our family history. I know my Mum would have been over the moon with the idea that we were continuing her family history legacy."

 

The Titanic Honour & Glory exhibition only has a few more weeks left to run as it closes on 21 June. The exhibition will continue to tour but without the Cornwall side of the tragedy which has been specifically developed by the Maritime Museum . All the Cornish objects and stories will be returned to the descendents of those on board the great ship and the likelihood is that they will never be seen publicly again.