Life ended for 1,517 passengers on the H.M.S. Titanic. That's how many of the 2,000 souls on board did not survive the new White Star Liner's collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic's frigid seas. St. Petersburg winter resident Robert Hancock might have been victim No. 1,518 had a coin toss come up wrong for him a few days earlier.
Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 – April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine" for his application of logic to any and all situations. He died on the Titanic