Titanic Passenger – Richard Otter

Great-grandson of 2nd class passenger, Richard Otter from Charles M. Otter My father would take us kids to visit my great-grandmother back in the 1960’s and 70’s as she lived until 1972, age 94. One of my earliest memories is being at grandma’s house and asking “Where’s grandpa Otter ?” My great-grandmother was silent but my father cut in and said “He was swallowed by a whale.” Images of Moby Dick and Captain Ahab filled my head. The following week, I was called upon to address my kindergarten class for show and tell and glumly told them that my great-grandfather had been swallowed by a whale. Of course, eventually I learned the truth, that grandpa Otter was a passenger on the White Star Liner “TITANIC”. After my great-grandmother died, we found several letters in a shoe box in her attic. One of them was a letter from the White Star Line notifying her that Richard was a passenger on Titanic and that he was not a survivor, nor was his body recovered. Today I am in possession of these documents. I personally visited the site of Titanic’s sinking in August 1996 aboard the Royal Majesty Cruise ship and plan to return there this summer.

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  1. My name is Jared Avery. I am a 13 year old student at Bleckley County Middle School in Cochran Ga. I had to write a characters logs from your great grand fathers perspective, about the sinking of the Titanic. Can u email me please I would like to know more about him as a person. Thank you Jared Avery

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