Not Even God Could Sink Titanic

The Titanic disaster is perhaps the most famous ship accident of all time. While the Titanic was a symbol of technological advancement, it also became a symbol of human supremacy and produced the superstition that is was unsinkable. The maiden voyage of the Titanic was for many emigrants a safe start to their dream of a new life in America, but the passage was far from safe.

Interest in the Titanic has always been enormous, probably since she left no trace. It increased when the wreck was found in 1985 and the 1997 movie Titanic showed the ship's downfall. For those who had relatives onboard, the movie became a source of sorrow.¨It was also one of the reasons that I chose to research the Danbom family onboard the Titanic that fatal night in April 1912. Here I tell their family history.


Outside in the biting cold, the fireworks in the dark night were reflected in the surface of the water, as the tranquil tones of the orchestra were heard from a distance. On the ship's main deck, there were hundreds of people, most of them traveling in first and second class. For the last two hours, the ship had been slowly sinking towards the cold surface. Meanwhile, people in first and second class wandered back and forth on the main deck between the big oak stairway and the lifeboats. When it turned to cold outside, the passengers went inside the ship to warm themselves. Most of the third-class passengers remained under deck, as they had still not received permission to come up on the main deck. The atmosphere on the ship was relatively calm in spite of the seriousness of the situation. Getting inside a lifeboat was fraught with danger, which was why many of the passengers still remained on the ship. Some of the passengers realized that there was no hope left for survival, so together with their beloved ones, they quietly awaited death.

Anna Nysten woke up in the middle of the night by a horrible thud, and the impact on the ship almost made her fall out of the bed. A little while later, the purser told her and the women on her deck to remain calm, because nothing of any consequence had happened. When the purser later reappeared, the women were urged to dress warmly and put on their lifejackets. While the women were waiting, Anna could feel how the ship leaned more and more. After waiting for over one hour, the women were told to go upstairs to the main deck. Anna took her food basket, and on the way up, she had to step over the belongings of other passenger. When she finally entered the main deck, confused people were everywhere. She walked over to the lifeboats that were located on both sides of the main deck. She could see how the crew was trying to convince women and children to get in the lifeboats. Suddenly, Anna felt someone grab her and throw her into a lifeboat. Just before that, she saw her traveling companions from a distance. All the members of the Danbom and Andersson families stood together. Anna saw that the six children were warmly dressed and stood close to their parents. She reflected that they were probably waiting for their spot in a lifeboat.

It was Monday, April 15, 1912, and the unsinkable Titanic would soon perish.


The book "Not Even God Could Sink Titanic" maintains over 50 photos, copys of churchrecords and over 250 people in it. Some people occur only once while others several times based on their history in the book. Interspersed with de family history over Danbom, Nysten and Andersson, you can also follow the birth of the Titanic, the construction, when she leaves Belfast and her journey. You will also find stories around the Titanic.

There are some people in the book who made a mark in the history of emigration from Sweden. Here are some more information about them. 

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The Danboms from Stanton, Iowa

Ernest Danbom was born in 1877 outside Stanton, Iowa. His  Swedish-born parents  where August Danbom and Anna Kari (Anna Chatarina) Jönsdotter. The family had moved to Stanton a few years earlier after living in New Sweden (Lockridge, Iowa. The Danboms would later sell the house in Frankfort to settle down in the middle of Stanton.

Sigrid Danbom born Brogren, was born in 1884 in Långebro, Horn parish in Sweden. She emigrated to North America in 1905 with her sister Sussana and her children, who would later settle down in Winnipeg, Canada. After the emigration, Sigrid and Ernest met in Stanton as Sigrid stayed here with her relatives Tidberg and Youngberg. They married in October 1910 in Chicago. The next day, the couple then traveled on a honeymoon to Sweden to visit Sigrid and Ernest's relatives in Horn parish, Kisa parish and in Barkeryd parish (Östergötland and in Jönköping county).

In Sweden, Ernest and Sigrid's son Gilbert is born, hence their return trip to North America is postponed. Instead, it was planned that Ernest and Sigrid would travel with their son in April 1912. Sigrid's sister and her family and a friend of the family, Anna Nysten, also traveled with the family. Due to the coal strike, their tickets were rebooked to Titanic.

The Danbom had bought a fruitfarm in Hilmar Californen where his Brothers lived.

Sven Magnus Svensson 1816-1896

Was from Barkeryd parish, Jönköpings län. When Sven was 20 years old, in 1836, he left Sweden for an uncertain future to North America. Sven Magnus was an entrepreneur, acquired large tracts of land in Texas and invited Swedes to work for free for two years for a ticket over to the holy land. He raised cattle and later on started his bank S. M. Swenson & Son, which in 1929 became the First National City Bank of New York.

Eric Janson 1808-1850

Was born in Biskopskulla parish in Uppsala Län. At the age of 38, in 1846, for religious reasons, Eric and his wife and children fled to North America. Eric was the founder of Eric Janismen whose followers emigrated to the Swedish colony of Bishop Hill, Illinois to join there leader. Many people from Sweden emigrated to Bishop Hill because of him. Eric was killed by his sisters husband.

Peter Carlsson Cassel 1790-1857

Was born in 1790 in Asby parish, Östergötland Län. At the age of 55, in 1845, Peter emigrated with his wife and children as well as additional relatives to him with a company of 21 people. The company had actually planned to go to Pine Lake, Wisconsin, where Gustaf Unonius had moved four years earlier. Landing in New York, they learn that the best land was in Iowa, so they changed their previous plans. After arriving in Jeffersson County, they settled down and named the place, New Sweden.


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