November 21, 1916

On This Date in! in 1916, 29 year old nurse, Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the RMS Britannic in the Aegean Sea off the coast of the Greek Isle of Kea. It was believed that the ship struck a sea mine, breaching the hull. Ms. Jessop was rescued from the water along with her toothbrush. Why her toothbrush? Because she also survived the collision and near sinking of the HMS Olympic in June of 1911 as well as the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Later when she was interviewed by the press, she said losing her toothbrush in the sinking of the Titanic was the one thing she missed the most, since she could have carried it with her and a good toothbrush was expensive. After having survived three famous shipwrecks, it should be noted that Ms. Jessop was allowed to continue to work on ocean liners until her retirement in 1950.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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