The Titanic – the 106th anniversary of its sinking – the untold story of its eight Chinese passengers

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, 106 years ago today, the British ocean liner Titanic sank into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours before.

“Eight Chinese men were among the 2,200 people on board the RMS Titanic. Six survived its sinking and were rescued, but disappeared soon afterwards. A new documentary looks at their lives and what happened when they reached the US.

Titanic Leaves Southampton On Her Maiden Voyage AFP SCMP

The Titanic leaves Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Photo: AFP Courtesy: SCMP

In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic – the “unsinkable” British passenger ship – hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, taking more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers and crew down with it.

Eight Chinese passengers were on board, a fact little known until now. British documentary maker Arthur Jones thought it odd that little was known of their stories, and set about making a film about the lives of the Chinese passengers, six of whom survived before vanishing from history books.

Titanic Still From The Film The Six Showing The Single Ticket Listing The 8 Chinese Passengers SCMP 15.4.18

A still from The Six shows the single ticket listing the names of the Titanic’s eight Chinese passengers. Courtesy: SCMP

His film, The Six, will be released later this year (a trailer for the documentary came out in June last year and went viral on Chinese social networking site Weibo).”(1)

Source: How six Chinese men survived the Titanic disaster, and the racist US federal law that ensured their obscurity – a story told only now SCMP 15th April 2018


  1. The Six – trailer
  2. ‘Not just a western story’: What happened to the six Chinese survivors of the Titanic? HK Free Press 13th August 2017
  3. The History of the Titanic – History website
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Titanic – BBC History

This article was first posted on 15th April 2018.


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