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“The Moon is Falling Down”
The Beatrice Sandström Story
There were fireworks the night Titanic sank, distress signals actually. Seated in Lifeboat 13 with their mother, Agnes, one-year-old Beatrice Sandström and older sister Marguerite thought “the moon is falling down!” Indeed, it was the end of the world for many poor souls, but baby Beatrice would live to see another day.
The Sandström trio had been visiting relatives in Sweden and were returning home to husband and father Hjálmar in San Francisco, California. They boarded Titanic among a Swedish party of 10 under the care of Thure Edvin Lundström, 32.
When word spread Titanic had struck an iceberg and was in danger of sinking, Agnes refused to believe it until guardian Lundström appeared. He quickly hustled his group to the boat deck and into lifeboats. Little Beatrice was unaware of the danger, but her mother surely was. As she clung to her daughters, their lifeboat jerked and swayed down the side of the massive ship to an uncertain fate 60 feet below.
On arrival in New York City, the Sandströms found brief refuge at St.Vincent’s Hospital before continuing on to San Francisco. In August 1912, just four months after the sinking, Agnes and Hjálmar sold their house, packed everything they owned and moved their family back to Sweden, where the four remained the rest of their lives.
Beatrice’s first trip back to the United States was in 1988 to gather with other Titanic survivors. She died September 4, 1995, in Östergötland County, Sweden. She was 85 years old and the 10th remaining survivor of the Titanic disaster.
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