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Titanic’s Poor Little Rich Girl
The Lucile Polk Carter Story
By First Class Maid Jaynee
Lucile Polk Carter, 13, was born into one of the wealthiest and most important families in Philadelphia. Her father and mother, William and Lucile, denied her and her younger brother, William II, nothing. In exchange, they were expected to play their part in furthering their parents’ social ambitions by always projecting an image of childhood perfection.
The family had been visiting relatives in England when they boarded Titanic with a maid, manservant, chauffer, two dogs and an exotic new Renault automobile.
The great ship was very much to the Carter’s liking. It was lavish, luxurious and exclusive to their kind of first class people. After settling in, the social networking began.
On the night of the collision, Lucile’s parents had been guests at the Wideners’ dinner party honoring Titanic’s Captain Smith. Later, after midnight, the family found themselves queuing-up with prominent First Class passengers waiting to take their places in a lifeboat. In the confusion that followed, Lucile’s father became separated from the group. It wasn’t known if he survived the sinking, until all were reunited on the rescue ship, Carpathia. Sadly, the two pet dogs didn’t make it, leaving young Lucile and her brother heartbroken.
Two years after the Titanic sinking, Lucile’s mother filed for divorce. She remarried soon after to George Brooke. Later, daughter Lucile married Samuel J. Reeves. They had a daughter, a son, and 6 grandchildren. Lucile was 63 years old when she died on October 19, 1962 while residing in her daughter’s home in Charleston, South Carolina.
You won’t believe the real reason the Carter’s “perfect” marriage failed. Poor little Lucile couldn’t either. You’ll discover the truth at the interactive Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson..