CHERRY HILL Maggie Madigan was looking forward to joining her younger sister in New York City on that April day when tragedy struck.
As her ocean liner — the Titanic — drew closer to its destination in 1912, it struck an iceberg and began taking on water. Madigan and other third-class passengers, Daniel and Bertha Moran and son Patrick Ryan, managed to climb to the boat deck, but only two of them would survive.
Madigan's tale of survival and final moments with fellow passengers will be told at 2 p.m. Friday by her great-great-nephew Mike Madigan at Spring Hills Cherry Hill, a luxury assisted-living community in the 1400 block of Marlton Pike East.
In the end, Daniel and Patrick fought to save Maggie and Bertha and placed them into the last of the lifeboats.
But Daniel and his son went down with the great ship, joining more than 1,500 others who died in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Through storytelling and music, Mike Madigan hopes to bring Titanic to life as history buffs and many others mark the 102d anniversary of the ship's sinking this month. The event is free and open to the public.
- Edward Colimore