There were literally thousands of fascinating stories that took place on the Titanic in 1912. One of the most unique is that of Leah Rosen Aks. She was 18 years old and traveling with her ten month old baby “Filly” (Phillip). After the collision with the iceberg at twenty minutes to midnight on April 14th Leah and her infant son were escorted from third class up to the boat deck.
It was a frigid night and when Mrs. John Jacob Astor saw the shivering baby, she removed her shawl and covered the child. Moments later Filly was yanked from Leah’s arms and thrown into a lifeboat. Leah screamed and yelled, but there was too much pandemonium for anyone to listen.
In a daze, moments later Leah entered lifeboat 13 and for hours she worried if her baby was safe. When she was rescued and on the Carpathia, she searched everywhere for Filly. Suddenly she saw a lady holding Filly in her arms. She rushed up to the woman, and was shocked when the lady holding her child said that it was her baby and not Leah’s.
Soon Captain Rostron of the Carpathia was forced to play the role of King Solomon. He asked Leah and the other woman if there was anything unusal about the child. The woman holding Filly was silent, but Leah pointed out that Filly had a unique birthmark on his back. Captain Rostron verified this and then took Filly from the woman and handed the crying child back to Leah.
Leah vowed to name her next child after the Carpathia, because the rescue by Captain Rostron and his crew had given her a new life. She passed away in 1967 and Phillip died in 1991.