A woman cheated death multiple times by surviving the tragedy and sinking of the Titanic and its two sister ships

Anita Durairaj

Violet Jessop in the 1900sPhoto byAnonymous; Public Domain Image

Violet Constance Jessop (1887 - 1971) has been nicknamed "Miss Unsinkable" because she survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic and its sister ship, the HMHS Britannic. She also survived the collision of the RMS Olympic with the warship, the HMS Hawke.

The Olympic (1911), the Titanic (1912), and the Britannic (1915) were all sister ships that were designed to be the largest and most luxurious passenger ships of the time.

Jessop was the daughter of Irish immigrants but she was born in Argentina. Even as a child, Jessop was lucky and survived tuberculosis. Doctors had initially warned her family that her condition was fatal.

When Jessop was 16, her father died and her family ended up moving to England where she attended a convent school while her mother worked at sea as a stewardess.

When her mother became ill, Jessop started working as a stewardess on board an oceanliner. She first joined the Olympic in 1911. She was on board the ship when the Olympic collided with the HMS Hawke. The ship was damaged but made it back safely to port without any fatalities.

Next, Jessop worked on board the Titanic as a stewardess. Just four days after it set sail, the ship struck an iceberg. Jessup was ordered up on deck to serve as a model of how to follow instructions during the sinking. Later, Jessop boarded a lifeboat holding a stranger's baby to look after.

During the First World War, Jessop was a stewardess for the British Red Cross on board the Brittanic. The Brittanic struck a deep sea mine and exploded. It sank within 55 minutes killing 32 people on board. However, Jessop again survived although she suffered from a traumatic head injury.

In her later life, Jessop retired from working in 1950. She died at the age of 83 in 1971.

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