September 25, 1999
Ruth Roman, the former sultry star of stage, screen and television who died this month at her California home, found herself caught up in a real-life drama when the grand ocean liner the Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm off Nantucket, Mass., on July 25, 1956.Roman was returning to New York from Italy aboard the Andrea Doria with her 3 1/2-year-old son, Dickie Hall, and a nurse-companion, Grace Els.While her young son slept in cabin 82 on the Andrea Doria's upper deck with Els, Roman, dressed in an evening gown, had gone to the ship's Belvedere Lounge for a drink and to mingle with other passengers.
October 27, 2005
Lifeboat [Fox] $20 With the release of this 1944 flick, all of Alfred Hitchcock's Hollywood films are now out on DVD. Starring Broadway star Tallulah Bankhead, heartthrob du jour John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn, Henry Hull and African-American actor Canada Lee, Lifeboat is sort of a claustrophobic Grand Hotel set on the high seas. Hitchcock brilliantly uses one set - the lone surviving lifeboat of an Allied ship sunk by a German U-boat - to weave his tale of survival, the class system and morality.
January 23, 1997
Edith Haisman,100, the oldest survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died Monday at a nursing home in Southampton, England, 80 miles southwest of London, her family said.Mrs. Haisman remembered seeing her father, Thomas Brown, standing on the deck of the sinking ocean liner the night of April 14, with a glass of brandy and a cigar. He waved and said: "I will see you in New York."The Titanic, then the world's largest liner, sank with 1,500 people aboard. Lifeboats got away with about 700 crew and passengers as the vessel broke up and sank 560 miles off Newfoundland.
April 11, 2009
Adrift with his captors in sight of U.S. warships, the American sea captain being held for ransom by Somali pirates briefly escaped their lifeboat by jumping overboard, a U.S. official said Friday, but was recaptured and brought back. The U.S. military said Richard Phillips, who was taken by the pirates from the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama on Wednesday, appeared unharmed after the escape attempt. The military, which has been maintaining real-time video surveillance via an unmanned drone overhead, observed him moving around on the lifeboat after he was recaptured.
April 14, 2009
WASHINGTON -Before ending a pirate standoff with three fatally precise shots, Navy SEAL snipers had passed on multiple opportunities to fire. They had moved into position after the White House expanded the authority it had given the world's most powerful navy against a rag-tag foe holding an American sea captain hostage on a lifeboat. They kept their scopes trained on their Somali targets as prospects for a peaceful resolution seemed to shrivel. Most of all, they waited as a series of seemingly insignificant moves - from extending the pirates a rope for a tow to bringing an injured brigand onboard - improved the sharpshooters' odds of success.
February 29, 1996
The 10th Duke of Atholl, 64, one of Scotland's richest landowners and the head of the only private army in Britain, died of a stroke Tuesday in London. Born George Iain Murray, he succeeded to the title in 1957. He had served as president of the Scottish Landowners Federation, president of the National Trust for Scotland, chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and captain of the House of Lords bridge team.Bernice McMurry Scott, 91, mother of Coretta Scott King and mother-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday in Atlanta.