Reading Katia Peltekian’s research about the six Armenians of the ship Titanic, most of whom died, I remembered now-gone TV show Hamaynkapatker (Hamainqapatker) from Armenia that once asked how many Armenians were on Titanic. The “right” answer was two, but as it turns out from Peltekian’s entry, Hamaynkapatker’s conspiracy theory that Armenians always find their way around was, unfortunately, wrong.

The photograph of the survived Armenian who did not have a ticket to Titanic. From Encylopedia Titanica

All of the Armenians were third-class passengers, and one of them, who actually survived, did not even have a ticket. That survivor, according to one newspaper headline, “Dressed in Women’s Clothes to Get off Titanic.” But witnesses said “he actually used a rope to leap into lifeboat #10 and save himself.”

Lifeboat #10: the boat with the Armenian. Although most sources say Krekorian, the unticket Armenian was saved by this boat, Euronet says the other Armenian survivor, David Vartunian was on it. Either way, this boat saved an Armenian passenget of Titanic. Photo from Euronet.

One could also add that the first movie to be shown in a movie theater in eastern Armenia was the few-minute-long old Titanic movie from 1910s. That is why there is an engraving of that movie either on Armenia’s history museum (in Yerevan) or the Moscow theatre also in Yerevan (both are on the Abovian street within a 5 minute walking distance from each other- I can’t recall which exact building it was) .

The Armenians who died on Titanic, had left wives and children in Turkish Armenia… in 1912.