Violet Jessop


May 25, 2022

Violet Constance Jessop (October 2, 1887, Bahia Blanca, Argentina - May 5, 1971, Great Ashfield, Suffolk, UK) - stewardess and nurse of ocean liners of the shipping company "White Star Line". She was a member of the crews and witnessed the incidents of all three ships of the "Olympic" class - "Olympic", "Titanic" and "British". One of the survivors of the Titanic, who testified that they heard the melody of the hymn "Closer, Lord, to You" when the ship sank.


Violet Jessop was born on October 2, 1887 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, to Irish immigrants William and Catherine Jessop. She was the eldest of nine children, six of whom survived to adulthood. As a child, Violet herself contracted tuberculosis. When she was 16, her father died of complications after the operation, and her family moved to England, where she attended a convent school and cared for her youngest sister, as her mother worked as a flight attendant on ocean liners. After her mother fell ill, Violet replaced her at work, getting a job as a flight attendant at a shipping company. In 1908, at the age of 21, she joined Royal Mail Lines, starting her career on the Orinoco.


In 1910, Violet Jessop joined White Star Line, where she worked as a flight attendant on the RMS Olympic, the largest and most luxurious liner at the time. Jessop was aboard the Olympic on September 20, 1911, when he collided with the British warship HMS Hawke as he was leaving the port of Southampton. No passengers or crew were injured in the incident, and the ship was taken off the ship and sent for repair to the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. No one was killed, and despite the damage, the ship was able to return to port without sinking.


24-year-old Jessop and part of the crew of the "Olympic" went on the first voyage of the ship "RMS Titanic" on April 10, 1912. Four days later, on April 14, the ship collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, sinking two hours later. As a result of the Titanic disaster, 1,517 people died. Violet was one of 706 people who escaped. During the sinking of the ship, she was ordered to go on the boat deck, where others would