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Looking back on a Titanic decision
Exhibit digs deeper into Biltmores stories and fateful move that kept Vanderbilts off doomed ship
Restoration work on Napoleon’s chessboard. George W. Vanderbilt came into possession of the chess set as a birthday gift when he turned 21.
One hundred years ago, as passengers and crew members aboard the RMS Titanic counted down the minutes to certain death or despair, members of one well-known North Carolina family were out of harm’s way, having made a decision that likely changed the course of their lives. The maritime tragedy, retold in countless movies and books, played out when the grand ocean liner collided with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic just before midnight April 14, 1912, sinking very early the following morning. More than 1,500 souls were carried into an icy grave during Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton U.K., to New York.