The Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is hosting The Artifact Exhibition on April 15th, to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the unsinkable boat sinking. Virginia Estelle McDowell Clark and her husband Walter Miller Clark were first class passengers, and their suitcase was recovered, its items now displayed for the curious. In the suitcase was a cufflink, a few gambling chips and the locket, inscribed with “VC.” Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for Premier Exhibitions, Inc., told USA Today that only Virginia survived.
When the boat hit the iceberg, Virginia went to find her husband who was seated at a gambling table. He eventually helped his wife onto lifeboat 4. “The boat was supposed to lower and gather more passengers, but couldn’t take passengers from the gangway door, so it continued being lowered,” said Klingelhofer, “There was quite a bit of room on the boat, so there would have been a spot for [Mr. Clark] if it had worked out differently.”