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Alden Caldwell

Alden Caldwell
Born Alden Gates Caldwell[1]
(1911-06-10)June 10, 1911[1]
Bangkok, Siam[1]
Died December 18, 1992(1992-12-18) (aged 81)[1]
Largo, Florida[1]
Parents Albert Francis Caldwell
Sylvia Mae Caldwell

Alden Gates Caldwell (June 10, 1911 – December 18, 1992) was a survivor of the RMS Titanic, at only ten months.[2][3]

Early life

He was born on June 10, 1911 in Bangkok, Siam (now known as Thailand), to Albert and Sylvia Mae Harbaugh Caldwell, who were Presbyterian missionaries[2] who taught at the Bangkok Christian College for Boys.[4] The couple decided to return to America, and on the journey home, they passed through Naples, Italy and learned that a steamship called the Titanic would soon go on its inaugural voyage from Southampton to New York City[2]

Aboard the Titanic

The family boarded the ship as second-class passengers.[2] On April 14, 1912, aboard the ship, Alden was fussy, and his parents handed him the keys to their trunk as a makeshift toy. They didn't realize that Alden lost the keys until the ship crashed into an iceberg that night and they were awakened by the crew. The Caldwells tried to get into their locked trunk to get Alden's coat out, but the keys were gone. The search for the keys proved fruitless, and the Caldwells had to wrap Alden in a blanket. They also had to leave their savings, $100 in American gold pieces, in the trunk. Because Sylvia was ill and couldn't hold Alden, Albert was encouraged by the crew to get aboard a lifeboat in order to hold the baby. Thus, Alden was credited with saving his father's life.[5]

The young "babby" Alden [6] and his parents escaped the Titanic on Lifeboat 13, and were rescued by the RMS Carpathia.[1] The family was one of the fortunate few families to survive the Titanic intact.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Master Alden Gates Caldwell
  2. ^ a b c d Kemp, Bill. "Bloomington family recalls surviving Titanic sinking". The Pantagraph. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ Children of the Titanic - Surviving Children
  4. ^ "Wife of State Farm Founder Dies at 80". Unidentified newspaper published 15 January 1965.  
  5. ^ Julie Hedgepeth Williams, A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival (Montgomery, Ala.: NewSouth Books, 2012), pp. 71, 74, 84-86.
  6. ^ Allen Butler, Daniel. Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic.  
  7. ^ Williams, A Rare Titanic Family.

See also

  • Encyclopedia Titanica
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