Program at Tyler History Center discusses local ties to Titanic disaster

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – How much do you know about the Titanic disaster? The 107th anniversary of the ship sinking was on Monday.

The ocean liner’s maiden voyage was the subject of a Thursday afternoon program at the Tyler History Center called “Bites and Bits of History.”

Local industrialist George Wick was among the 1,500 people who died when the ship sank.

Historians say there were a dozen other people with ties to the Mahoning and Shenango valleys also sailing on the Titanic, but a complete listing of all the passengers has never been recovered.

“We didn’t have the TSA at that point. There were people that maybe sold their ticket to somebody else because they decided not to go. There were people that were brought on at the last moment and never listed on the manifest,” said Bill Lawson, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

It’s believed half of those with local ties did survive the disaster.

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