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Encyclopedia > Georg Ritter von Trapp
Georg von Trapp

Born April 4, 1880(1880-04-04)
Zadar, Croatia
Died 30 May 1947

Stowe, Vermont
Nationality Austrian
Spouse Agatha Whitehead (c1880-1922)
Maria Kutschera
Children Rupert von Trapp (1911-1992) [1]
Agathe von Trapp (1913- )
Maria von Trapp (1914- )
Werner von Trapp (1915- ) [2]
Hedwig von Trapp (1917-1975)
Johanna von Trapp (1919-1994)
Martina von Trapp (1921-1951)
Website http://www.trappfamily.com

Kommandant Georg, Ritter von Trapp (April 4, 1880May 30, 1947) headed the Austrian singing family portrayed in The Sound of Music. His exploits at sea in World War I earned him numerous decorations, including elevation to the Austrian nobility. This image is in the public domain in the United States and possibly other jurisdictions. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Zadar (disambiguation). ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stowe, Vermont Stowe, Vermont Stowes ski resort is partly located on Mount Mansfield. ... Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26, 1905–March 28, 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. ... Werner von Trapp (b. ... Commander is a military rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Aristocrats gathering around Emperor Franz Joseph at a ball in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, painting by Wilhelm Gause (1900). ...

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Birth and naval career

Georg Ludwig Trapp was born in Zadar, Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary). His father died when he was four in 1884. In 1894 he followed his father's career into the Austro-Hungarian Navy, entering the naval academy at Fiume. He graduated four years later and completed two years of follow-on training voyages including a trip to Australia. In 1900 he was assigned to the armored cruiser Kaiserin und Königin Maria Theresia and was decorated for his performance during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1902 he passed the officer's examination. For other uses, see Zadar (disambiguation). ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ... The Austro-Hungarian Navy was the naval force of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. ... Rijeka (Fiume in Italian and Hungarian; Rijeka and Fiume both mean river) is the principal seaport of Croatia, located on the Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea. ... Schematic section of a typical armoured cruiser with an armoured upper and middle deck and side belt (red), lateral protective coal bunkers (grey) and a double-bottom of watertight compartments. ... Combatants Eight-Nation Alliance (ordered by contribution): Empire of Japan Russian Empire British Empire France United States German Empire Kingdom of Italy Austro-Hungarian Empire Righteous Harmony Society Chinese Empire Commanders Edward Seymour Alfred Graf von Waldersee Ci Xi Strength 20,000 initially 49,000 total 50,000-100,000...


He was fascinated by submarines, and in 1908 he seized the opportunity to be transferred to the newly-formed U-boot-Waffe. In 1910 he was given command of the newly-constructed U-6, which was christened by Agatha Whitehead, granddaughter of the Englishman Robert Whitehead, inventor of the torpedo. Georg and Agatha were married in January of 1911. He commanded U-6 until 1913. USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine Alvin in 1978, a year after first exploring hydrothermal vents. ... Robert Whitehead (January 3, 1823 - November 14, 1905), British engineer. ... The torpedo, historically called a locomotive torpedo, is a self-propelled explosive projectile weapon, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater toward a target, and designed to detonate on contact or in proximity to a target. ...


On April 22, 1915, he took command of U-5 and conducted nine combat patrols. In October 1915 he was transferred to the captured French submarine Curie, which the Austrian Navy redesignated U-14. He conducted ten more war patrols, until, in May 1918, he was promoted to Korvettenkapitän and given command of the submarine base in the Gulf of Kotor. is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday[1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... French Submarine Curie (Q87) was a French submarine of the Brumaire-class. ... French Submarine Curie (Q87) was a French submarine of the Brumaire-class. ... Historic map of the Gulf, 16th century Gulf of Kotor or the Bay of Kotor (Serbian and Croatian: Бока которска Boka kotorska, Italian: ) in western Montenegro is a winding bay on the Adriatic sea. ...


At the end of World War I, Trapp's wartime record stood at 19 war patrols, 12 cargo vessels totalling 45,669 tons sunk, the French armored cruiser Leon Gambetta (12,600 tons) and the Italian submarine Nereide (225 tons). Schematic section of a typical armoured cruiser with an armoured upper and middle deck and side belt (red), lateral protective coal bunkers (grey) and a double-bottom of watertight compartments. ...


For his wartime service, Trapp was raised to the nobility and granted the right to use the word von (of in English) before his name. Among other honors, he received a knighthood and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Maria Theresa. The title of Ritter appearing after his first name is sometimes incorrectly translated as Baron, but it is approximately equal to "rider" or knight. Its meaning is closer to the British sir. The introduction of "von" changes the title from a knighthood to a hereditary baronetcy, so in English parlance it would be equivalent to Sir Georg Ludwig von Trapp, Baronet. Von (generally in small case only as von) is a German preposition which approximately means of or from. ... Ritter is the lowest-ranking title of lower nobility, in German-speaking areas, considered equal to the title Knight. ... Baron is a specific title of nobility or a more generic feudal qualification. ... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ... Look up sir in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Marriage

In 1911, Trapp married Agatha Whitehead, the granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo. Their first child, Rupert von Trapp (1911-1992) [1], was born in 1911, and the marriage produced six more children: Agathe von Trapp (1913- ), Maria von Trapp (1914- ), Werner von Trapp (1915- ) [2], Hedwig von Trapp (1917-1975), Johanna von Trapp (1919-1994) and Martina von Trapp (1921-1951). Robert Whitehead (January 3, 1823 - November 14, 1905), British engineer. ... Werner von Trapp (b. ...


The First World War saw the defeat of Austria and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the process, Austria lost its seacoast, was reduced in size to its German-speaking core, and had no further need for a navy. In short, Trapp was out of a job. Fortunately, Agatha's wealth, inherited from her family, was able to sustain the family. Official languages Latin, German, Hungarian Established church Roman Catholic Capital & Largest City Vienna pop. ...


Death of wife

In 1922, Agatha died of scarlet fever. About 1926, one of the children, Maria, was recovering from an illness and was unable to attend school. Trapp hired a tutor for Maria from a local convent. The name of the tutor was Maria Kutschera. She and Georg married on November 26, 1927, and their first child, Rosmarie, was born on February 8, 1929. Georg and Maria would have two more children after that, Eleonore (b. 1931) and Johannes (b. 1939) bringing the total number of Georg's children to ten. [3] Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26, 1905–March 28, 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1935, Georg's money, inherited from his first wife, Agatha, was safely invested in a bank in London. At that time, however, Austria was under economic pressure from a hostile Germany, and Austrian banks were in a precarious position. To help a friend in the banking business, Georg withdrew most of his money from the London bank and deposited it in an Austrian bank. The Austrian bank thereafter failed, which wiped out most of the family's fortune. As Maria further indicates in her book, Georg was thoroughly demoralized and depressed at this turn of events, but was unable to engage in other gainful activities, and believed that it was beneath the dignity of the family to sing in public or otherwise work for a living. Prior to the loss of the family fortune, the family had engaged in singing as a hobby. Faced with an impossible situation of little or no money, and a husband effectively incapable of providing for her or for the family, Maria took charge and arranged for singing engagements, and otherwise began to make arrangements for the family to sing at various events as a way of earning a livelihood. At about that time, a Catholic priest, Franz Wasner, came to live with them. About the same age as Maria, he became the musical director of the group.


Emigration

In 1938, the family, opposed to Hitler's annexation of Austria, and having received offers to perform in the United States, left Austria, and fled to Italy by train (not to Switzerland on foot as in the film) and then to the United States. Georg Ritter von Trapp died of lung cancer in 1947 in Stowe, Vermont. His children by Agathe were Rupert, Agathe, Werner, Maria, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina; those by Maria were Rosmarie, Eleonore and Johannes. Johannes succeeded Maria as manager of the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, which remains among Vermont's most popular tourist attractions and is one of the major concert sites of the Vermont Mozart Festival. Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... Stowe, Vermont Stowe, Vermont Stowes ski resort is partly located on Mount Mansfield. ... The Vermont Mozart Festival is a popular series of indoor and outdoor concerts presented annually at sites throughout the state of Vermont. ...


Notes

  • Note regarding personal names: Ritter is a title, translated approximately as Knight, not a first or middle name. There is no equivalent female form.

Ritter is the lowest-ranking title of lower nobility, in German-speaking areas, considered equal to the title Knight. ... The silver Anglia knight, commissioned as a trophy in 1850, intended to represent the Black Prince. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Social Security Death Index as "Rupert Vontrapp" 01 Nov 1911; 22 Feb 1992; 05672 (Stowe, Lamoille, VT); 127-14-1082; Social Security issued in New York
  2. ^ a b "Susan Hoyt, Teacher, Sets July Wedding", New York Times, March 23, 1980, Sunday. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. “The engagement of Susan Thatcher Hoyt to Bernhard Rupert von Trapp has been announced by her mother, Mrs. G. Chamberlin Hoyt of Short Hills, New Jersey. Mr. von Trapp is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Werner von Trapp of Waitsfield, Vermont and Salzburg, Austria. A July wedding is planned.” 
  3. ^ "Maria von Trapp, who's life was 'Sound of Music', is Dead", New York Times, March 29, 1987. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. “Maria Augusta von Trapp, the guiding force behind a family of singers who won world reknown when their story was portrayed in the play and film The Sound of Music, died of heart failure yesterday in Morrisville, Vt., three days after undergoing surgery. She was 82 years old, and had lived in Stowe, Vermont, for more than 40 years. ... She is survived by a son, Johannes, of Stowe; two daughters, Eleonore Campbell of Waitsfield, Vermont, and Rosmarie Trapp of Pittsburgh; two stepsons, Rupert, of Stowe, and Werner, of Waitsfield; three stepdaughters, Agathe von Trapp of Glyndon, Maryland, Maria F. Trapp of Papua, New Guinea, and Johanna von Trapp of San Diego, and by 29 grandchildren.” 

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Further reading

  • Trapp, Georg von. To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. 196 pages. ISBN 0803246676
  • Willam Anderson, David Wade, The World of the Trapp Family, 1998

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