Karen Abelseth from Norway was 16 years old when she boarded Titanic. She was a third class passenger who was travelling to the USA to live with her sister in Los Angeles. This text is taken from a letter she wrote after the disaster.
Oh, it has been a terrible time. The experience that I have had since I left you... If I had only known, I never would have travelled.
Sunday evening, we went to bed about ten. At 12 o'clock, they came down to wake us up. I didn't know what it meant when Adolf Humblen stood in front of my bed and said that I must hurry up because we hit an iceberg. I hardly managed to stand. Sigurd had to stand and hold me. Oh, Sigurd! He isn't here... He was so kind to me. I have almost cried to pieces... But it doesn't help at all.
When we came up the stairs and went over the railing, the ship was tilting heavily. After a while, people began entering the lifeboats. Olaus, Sigurd and Peter followed me up to the lifeboat. Just think how hard it was when I was to enter the lifeboat and they had to stay behind. I didn't want to enter but Sigurd said: "Just be strong. It will all end well." That was the last he said to me.
I was the last who went into that lifeboat and there was only one lifeboat left. If I had waited any longer, you would have never heard from me anymore. Then we were lowered. The others had to stay behind. I wished that I was there and that somebody else could be saved. Those were the worst hours I had ever experienced, and I hope I will never experience such a thing again. Imagine those cries! Those cries!
At 6 o'clock, we saw a ship far away. We came alongside at 7 o'clock. They got blankets around us but it didn't matter, I thought, because I didn't see any of my company. After a while, we went through a corridor. There was Olaus! You can imagine there was joy, but Sigurd and Peter were not there... Many tears have fallen down on this paper. #aidashahmohammadi #aidaenglish #ielts #toefl #englishspeaking #ieltspreparation #انگليسي #آموزش #مكالمه #مكالمه_انگليسي #استادزبان_انگلیسی #آيلتس #انلاين #آموزش_آنلاین #آموزش_آنلاين_آيلتس #آموزش_آنلاين_زبان_انگليسى #انگلیسی_واقعی #انگلیسی_کاربردی #انگلیسی_آنلاین