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Fact of the Month

Although the majority of the ship's crew was male, 23 women worked on board the Titanic: 18 stewardesses, 2 cashiers, a masseuse, a Turkish Bath attendant, and a matron who acted as a chaperone for single women in 3rd class. All but 3 of these employees were saved.

Artifact of the Month

Grand Marnier Bottle


Grand Marnier was invented in 1880, by Louis Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, in his laboratory at Neauphle-le-Château, France. This new liqueur was an unexpected blend of cognac and orange, a fruit which at the time was both exotic and rare. When naming his liqueur, Alexandre boldly went against the popular trend of naming everything "petit." He called his new creation "Grand Marnier."

This liqueur was an instant success when it was introduced to the Savoy Hotel in London by César Ritz, "king of hoteliers, and hotelier to kings". It also gained popularity with the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII. While staying at a palatial hotel in Paris, the great chef Escoffier honored the prince by creating a dish - the Crêpe Suzette, so named after a dear French friend of the future King. This dish has become a classic of culinary art. Today, Grand Marnier boasts the largest export sales of any French liqueur; people appreciate the subtle pleasure of its taste in more than 150 countries.

This Grand Marnier bottle was recovered in 1994, and can be viewed at the Metreon in San Francisco, CA through January 2007.

Passenger of the Month

Mr. Hans Kristensen Givard

Last residence:
First embarked:
Ticket no.:
Body Recovered:
early 30s
Buenos Aires, Pampas, Argentina
2nd class passenger
Southampton, Wednesday, April 10, 1912
250646, £13
San Francisco, California, USA
#305 by the C.S. Mackay-Bennett
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Friday, May 10, 1912.

Mr. Hans Kristensen (Christensen) Givard was born around 1880 or 1881. He was the son of Laust Christensen Givard, a crofter (tenant farmer) from Denmark. Hans immigrated to America in his youth but could not stand the climate and returned to Denmark. When his health improved he traveled to Argentina but returned to Denmark during the summers. It was on one such trip in the spring of 1912 that he found himself in Southampton. He then decided to go to San Francisco instead and bought ticket # 250646 for the Titanic.

Because he could not bear to say farewell to his mother again, his family did not know he was on the Titanic. Hans left without saying good-bye and only after the disaster was the family notified that he had been on the ship. His body was the second to last one recovered by the cable ship Mackay-Bennett that had been chartered by the White Star Line to aid in recovery. He was buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax as that is where the Mackay-Bennett docked to unload its sad cargo. Hans was one of the few from that ship whose bodies were not only identified, but also given a casket and land burial.

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