Frank Lucks Towers

Frank Lucks Towers is the subject of an urban legend that said that he survived the sinkings of the RMS Titanic, RMS Empress of Ireland, and the RMS Lusitania. There is no evidence that anyone was involved in all three disasters.

The legend claims that he was a coal stoker on the Titanic, and survived after she sank on her maiden voyage on 14 April 1912. Two years later, on 28 May 1914, Frank was allegedly aboard the Empress of Ireland when she collided with the Norwegian collier Storstad in the Saint Lawrence River. This disaster was considered the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Canadian history, and Towers was one of only 465 of the 1477 aboard to survive. During WWI, Towers was serving as a crewmember aboard the RMS Lusitania. In the early afternoon of 7 May, 1915, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-20 and sank 18 minutes later. (It is rumored that he shouted "Now what!?" when the torpedo struck.) Again, Towers escaped the sinking ship, and swam to a nearby lifeboat.

The legend also claims that the story of Frank Towers serves as the inspiration for Rod Serling's teleplay Lone Survivor for The Night Gallery.

Ripley's Believe It or Not reported the legend assuming it was true.

Clive Cussler briefly cites this legendary figure in his nonfiction book , in the chapter concerning the U-20. He relates that after the sinking of the Lusitania, Towers swore that he would take up farming and never go to sea again. (This is probably dramatic license on Cussler's part, as he offers fictionalized imaginings of events leading up to and during the shipwrecks depicted.)

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RMS Titanic, a British Olympic-class ocean liner, became famous as the largest ocean liner built in her day and also for sinking on her maiden voyage in 1912 with a huge loss of life.
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The Empress of Ireland was a transatlantic ocean liner owned by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company that sailed between Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and Liverpool, United Kingdom. She sank on the early morning of May 29, 1914 in the St.
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RMS Lusitania was a British luxury ocean liner owned by the Cunard Steamship Line Shipping Company and built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland. Christened and launched on Thursday, June 7 1906, Lusitania
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Enige og tro til Dovre faller
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The Storstad was a 6,000 ton Norwegian collier (coal freighter), built in 1910 in Newcastle upon Tyne, owned by A. F. Klaveness & Co. She was torpedoed and sunk during World War I on March 8, 1917 by U-62 at .
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Origin Lake Ontario
Mouth Gulf of Saint Lawrence/Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Canada (Ontario, Quebec)
United States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin)
Length 1,197 km (744 mi)
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Clive Cussler

Born: July 15 1931 (1931--) (age 76)
Aurora, Illinois,
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Violet Constance Jessop (2 October 1887 – 5 May 1971) was an ocean liner stewardess. Working for the White Star Line, Violet Jessop was on board when the RMS Olympic collided with HMS Hawke; on board the RMS Titanic
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