TITANIC Jessie and Lifeboat #9 with Kelley Bortner

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Commemorate the sinking of the Titanic when Kelley Bortner, descendent of a survivor, shares her Great Grandmother’s story with us in Grand Rapids!

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About the Book:
This is the previously untold true story of Jessie and her Titanic voyage. Jessie was on the Titanic sailing from a last-minute change in plans, due to a coal strike in the British Isles. Unaware of what was to come a few days later, she eagerly boarded the unsinkable, luxury liner for its maiden voyage and return trip home from a visit to family. She settled into the opulent surroundings and met many friends onboard, who are named in the book. 

This is Jessie's story of what happened leading up to the tragic sailing, her experience onboard, enduring the horrific sinking, and what happened after the Titanic. The reader will come to understand how black water plays a role in tragedies for Jessie's life, how new beginnings bring happiness, and the impact of her getting into Lifeboat #9.


About the Author:
Kelley Bortner is the great-granddaughter of Jessie Bortner. This story is written from the words and perspective of Jessie as told in interviews, family information passed down, and years of research. The story is told as accurately as possible given the information in hand at the time of writing.

Kelley lives with her husband and near her many children in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. She is a presenter and Gifted Education Consultant. She is also an Instructional Designer and Technologist, and an Adjunct professor at a Higher Education institution.

TITANIC Jessie and Lifeboat #9: The Untold Story By Kelley Bortner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781088045466
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Titanicquest - December 1st, 2023