BANSHA LADY'S ESCAPE

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BANSHA LADY'S ESCAPE

Cork Examiner

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INTERESTING LETTER
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(From Our Correspondent.)

Clonmel, Friday.
Miss Katie McCarthy, daughter of Mr. Patrick McCarthy, farmer, Ballygurtin, midway between Cahir and Bansha, has written home to her father, stating that she was the second to last to leave the Titanic on the night of the memorable tragedy.
It will be remembered that Miss McCarthy left home in company with Miss Katie Connolly, of Tipperary ; Miss Katie Peters, Ballydrohid, and Mr. Roger Tobin, Ballycamon, the latter three being near neighbours of hers.
Miss McCarthy's letter, which is written from New Jersey, where she is now with her sister, is as follows:—
“About twelve o'clock on Sunday night Roger Tobin called us to get up, but told us not to be frightened, as there was no danger. To make sure, however, of our safety, he told us to get lifebelts. There were three of us in the room—Katie Peters, Katie Connolly, and myself. When Roger Tobin called us I wanted them to come up on deck, but they would not come. They appeared to think that there was no danger. That was the last I saw of them. I then left the room, and on going out I met a man from Dungarvan, who took me up to the second class boat deck, where they were putting out the boats. I was put into one boat, but was taken out of it again as it was too full. I was in the last boat to leave the ship, and was the second last person put into it. This was a short time before the ship went down. We were only just out of the way when the ship split in two and sank. We remained in the boat all night until near eight o'clock next morning, when we were rescued by the Carpathia. Our boat was so full I thought it would go down every moment, and one of the boats capsized when we were leaving the sinking ship. I did not, however, feel at all frightened, and did not fully realize the danger and the full nature of the awful tragedy until I was safe on board the Carpathia. When we were put on board the Carpathia we were immediately given restoratives and put to bed. I slept for an hour and then got up, feeling all right. When we landed in New York on Thursday night at eleven o'clock we were met by a number of Sisters of Charity nurses, who took us up to St. Vincent's Hospital, where we were treated with the greatest kindness.”

Related Biographies:
Catherine "Katie" McCarthy

Relates to Ship:
Carpathia

Contributor
Delia Mahoney
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