Friday, January 25, 2013

"Fate Saves Colleen From Watery Grave of Titanic"
 Tracking the Irish Women in Steerage to the Lifeboats


(1) Jersey Journal, April 23, 1912, "Battled for Life With Sailor After the Titanic Sank"
(2) The Morning Leader would eventually change its name to the Regina Leader-Post.
(3) Morning Leader, reprinted in the Cork Examiner, April 27, 1912.  The McCoy sisters don't mention Thomas McCormack in their accounts. I suspect this is due to the age difference between them and him. They were in their late twenties and young women and Thomas McCormack was, in their eyes, a mere boy and thereby under their radar.
(4) Note the similarity to the boat filled with men seen by second class passenger Bertha Watt. who was getting into Lifeboat No. 9.

(5) the Connacht Tribune, December, 2002.
(6) Vol. 17, No 2, 1993, The Titanic Commutator.
(7) New York Times, April 19, 1912. "Steerage Was Quiet \When Titanic
(8) the Connacht Tribune, December, 2002.
(9) Washington Times, April 22, 1912. "Steerage Survivor Here Tells of Still Another Real Hero"
(11) New York American, April 29, 1912, P.2
(12) Evening World, April 22, 1912
(13) Jersey Journal, April 20, 1912. "Hudson County Survivors Tell of Sea Tragedy"
(14) Providence Journal, April 20, 1912 (reprinted in The Irish Aboard Titanic.)
(15) Bolts and cleats. This obviously describes a climb on the outside of the ship and not up a ladder or staircase. This may be a reference to a crew ladder from one deck to another, which doesn't appear on deck diagrams.
(16) Chicago American, April 23, 1912. "Chicago Girl in Last Lifeboat"
(17) Daily Herald, April 15, 1984 " After 72 yrs., Titanic survivor talks to press about fatal night"
(18) The Clare Champion, Jan. 23, 2013. "Lakeside tribute to Titanic survivor."
(19) Houston Chronicle, Sept, 7, 2002," Memorabilia from 'Titanic' on exhibit here."
 (20) Washington Herald, April 22, 1912, "Steerage Survivor Tells Story of Wreck".

ReplyCathy Vollmann
06:20 PM on February 27, 2012
Hi julia
Could you tell me who nora's parents were? Nora is a distant cousin my ggrandfather and grandfather were her sponsors to come to the usa. When she arrived she was is a hospital for weeks until her brother came and took her back to ireland where she died a few years later. Thats all i know about her but would love to know more about the whole family, can u help
(22) Boston Post, April 20, 1912
(22) Daily Sketch, May 4, 1912, reprint New York Herald
(24) Evening World, April 22, 1912 "Heroic Priests Gave Up Lives To Quiet Crowds"
(25) New York Telegram - April 22, 1912
(26) Morning Leader/Cork Examiner, April 27, 1912
(27) New York Herald, April 19, 1912, P. 9
(28) Sunday Press, Sept. 21, 1952
(29) "Bansha Lady's Escape", Cork Examiner, May 11, 1912
(30) There were five lifeboats that at various times could lay claim to being the "last lifeboat." No. 15 was the last aft starboard boat. No. 12 was the last of the three aft port boats to leave the ship one after another. No. 10 was loaded after those three had gone and was the last boat left in the vicinity when it was lowered. Collapsible C was the very last boat to be successfully lowered from the starboard side of the ship. And Collapsible D was actually the last lifeboat to be lowered from the Titanic.
(31) Limerick Chronicle, May 7, 1912, reprinted The Irish Aboard Titanic, Moloney
(32) Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) , April 15, 1962 "Quirk of Fate Saves Colleen From Watery Grave of Titanic"
(33) The Shanachie (Connecticut Irish-American Historial Society) Vol. XXIV, No. 1, 2012,

Also  which cites as sources Irish American Weekly, May 18, 1912. New York Times, April 21, 1912. Unidentified newspaper, April 15, 1974, without specifying which quotes come from where.

(34) New York American April 29, p.2  "Women and Children Locked In Steerage of Sinking Titanic."
(35) Who Sailed On Titanic, the Definitive Passenger Lists, Debbie Beavis, Ian Allan Publishing, 2002, P. 134-135 (Corr) and P.148-149 (Murphy).

(36) Chicago Daily Journal, April 19, 1912, "One Boat for Passengers in Third Cabin, says Survivor."
(37)  Chicago Daily Journal, April 19, 1912
(38) Chicago Evening World was reprinted in The Irish Aboard Titanic.  (P.23, first edition.)


(41) Connacht Telegraph, February 1998
(42) In Between, An Adrian Dominican Publication, Volume 25, Number 3, March 1998.  Also in this news release

(43) The Day (New London, Conn.), April 26, 1912
(44) New York Tribune, April 24, p.3  Mother Describes Waifs
(45) New York Herald April 29, 1912. P.5
(46) Jersey Journal, April 23, 1912
(47) Jersey Journal, April 20, 1912, "Hudson County Survivors Tell of Sea Tragedy"
(48) Jersey Journal, April 23, 1912.
(49) New York Times, April 21, 1912

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