Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1912 - Titanic Survivor Dies in New York

The Washington Time
December 4 1912
(Be sure and visit Archibald Gracie's memorial and leave him some flowers)

Colonel, Long Resident of Washington, Ill Only a Short Tim
Col. Archibald Gracie, of New York and Washington, the last man to be saved from the sinking Titanic when that ocean palace sank in Mid-Atlantic last April, taking hundreds to their deaths, died in a private hospital in New York today.  Colonel Gracie, who had been in the metropolis but a few days, had been in declining health for several months.  His only daughter was at his bedside at the time of his death.

It was only last Saturday night that Colonel Gracie appeared before a Washington audience, when, a the the University Club, he lectured on "The Truth about the Titanic."

Failing Since Disaster.
Colonel Gracie, since his harrowing experiences of last spring, has been failing in health.  For the last several weeks he grew weaker.  He had been engaged in preparing a book containing his views of the causes attending the sinking of the White Star liner.  This work exhausted his strength, and he had contemplated a long vacation when the end came.

A short time before departing for America on the ill-fated Titanic, Colonel Gracie underwent an operation, from which he never recovered.

He lived with his only daughter, Miss Edith Gracie, in Sixteenth street, while in Washington.

About 55 Years Old.
Colonel Gracie was about fifty-five years old.  He came here several years ago to obtain material for the book he was writing, "The Truth about Chickamauga," and later a work on the war of 1812.  While here he became prominent in social circles.  He went to England to obtain further material for his book, and was returning on the Titanic when the ship was lost.  All the manuscript, much of which was very valuab.e, went down.

Colonel Gracie was the son of Colonel Archibald Gracie, Sr., of Mobile Ala., prominent in social and business circles.  He had five children, only one of whom is living, Miss Edit Gracie, who was a debutante last season.  Miss Gracie and Mrs. Gracie are now both in New York where they went to visit during the colonel's illness.

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