The Story of 6 Chinese Passengers Who Survived the Titanic

April 14, 2021

The Six is a 97-minute documentary produced by James Cameron and directed by British filmmaker Arthur Jones and traces the lives of six Chinese men who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Eight Chinese men boarded the RMS Titanic, but only six survived that fateful night on April 15, 1912: Lee Bing, Fang Lang, Chang Chip, Ah Lam, ChungFoo, and Ling Hee. The two believed to have perished were Lee Ling and Len Lam.

The surviving men arrived in New York three days later aboard the Carpathia, the first ship to arrive at the scene of the disaster, according to Post Magazine.

However, under the United States’ Chinese Exclusion Act, the six surviving Chinese passengers were transferred 24 hours later to a British steamship, which sent them to Cuba. No one knows what happened to the men—until now.

A team of international researchers, including maritime historian, shipwreck buff, and author of Poseidon: China’s Secret Salvage of Britain’s Lost Submarine (2013), Steven Schwankert, uncovered and tracked down the survivors’ descendants for the first time.

Remember the famous final scene from Titanic where Jack (DiCaprio) freezes to death while Rose (Winslet) was rescued from a piece of floating wreckage? That was actually inspired by a real event, but it was Fang Lang who was rescued that way, according to Schwankert and Cameron.

The Six will be released on April 16, 2021.

Features Images via HISTORY & Post Magazine

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