Mrs Harvey Collyer (Charlotte Annie Tate), 31, of 25, Church Road, Mount
Hill, Bishopstoke, Hampshire boarded the Titanic at Southampton
with her husband Harvey Collyer and daughter
Charlotte and Marjorie were rescued in lifeboat
14 but Harvey died in the sinking. Their experience in the boat was recalled
by Charlotte Collyer in The Semi-Monthly
Magazine, May, 1912 (for which she was paid $300).
Mrs Collyer and little Marjorie were absolutely destitute when they
reached New York, but Mrs Collyer decided to continue on to Payette to start a
new life like her late husband had wanted to do.
On April 21 she wrote to her mother:
Brooklyn, New York
Sun April 21st
My dear Mother and all,
I don't know how to write to you or what to say, I feel I shall go mad
sometimes but dear as much as my heart aches it aches for you too for
he is your son and the best that ever lived. I had not given up hope
till today that he might be found but I'm told all boats are accounted
for. Oh mother how can I live without him. I wish I'd gone with him
if they had not wrenched Madge from me I should have stayed and gone
with him. But they threw her into the boat and pulled me in too but
he was so calm and I know he would rather I lived for her little sake
otherwise she would have been an orphan. The agony of that night can
never be told. Poor mite was frozen. I have been ill but have been taken
care of by a rich New York doctor and feel better now. They are giving
us every comfort and have collected quite a few pounds for us and loaded
us with clothes and a gentleman on monday is taking us to the White
Star office and also to another office to get us some money from the
funds that is being raised here. Oh mother there are some good hearts
in New York, some want me to go back to England but I can't, I could
never at least not yet go over the ground where my all is sleeping.
Sometimes I feel we lived too much for each other that is why I've lost
him. But mother we shall meet him in heaven. When that band played 'Nearer
My God to Thee' I know he thought of you and me for we both loved that
hymn and I feel that if I go to Payette I'm doing what he would wish
me to, so I hope to do this at the end of next week where I shall have
friends and work and I will work for his darling as long as she needs
me. Oh she is a comfort but she don't realise yet that her daddy is
in heaven. There are some dear children here who have loaded her with
lovely toys but it's when I'm alone with her she will miss him. Oh mother
I haven't a thing in the world that was his only his rings. Everything
we had went down. Will you, dear mother, send me on a last photo of
us, get it copied I will pay you later on. Mrs Hallets brother from
Chicago is doing al he can for us in fact the night we landed in New
York (in our nightgowns) he had engaged a room at a big hotel with food
and every comfort waiting for us. He has been a father to us. I will
send his address on a card (My Horder) perhaps you might like to write
to him some time.
God Bless you dear mother and help and comfort you in this awful sorrow.
Your loving child Lot.
The mother and child received relief from both the Mansion House Titanic
Number P. 26.
Collyer, Charlotte, widow and Marjorie, child.
Received total £1 3s 0d per week.
And the American Relief Fund:
No. 83. (English).
The husband was drowned. His wife and seven year old daughter were saved.
He was a merchant in England and had been the parish clerk in the village
where they lived. They were highly respected people in fair circumstances.
The wife had contracted tuberculosis and they were coming to this country
to buy a fruit farm in Idaho, where they hoped the climate would be
beneficial. He was carrying $5,000 in cash; this was lost, and all their
household belongings. Both the widow and her daughter suffered severely
from shock and exposure. They were at first unwilling to return to England,
feeling that the husband would have wished them to carry out his original
plan. For emergent needs she was given $200 by this Committee, and $450
by other American relief funds. After a short residence in the West
she decided to return to her family in England. Through interested friends
in New York City, a fund of $2,000 was raised, and she received $300
for a magazine article describing the disaster. She returned to England
in June and her circumstances were reported to the English Committee,
which granted £50 outright and a pension of 23 shillings a week.
Charlotte and Marjorie eventually returned to Bishopstoke. Charlotte remarried
but died in 1914 from Tuberculosis.
The Semi-Monthly Magazine, May 1912, How
I was Saved from the Titanic
Brian J. Ticehurst and Geoffrey W. Whitfield (1997) The Doomed and The Delivered,
Christopher M. Wardlow (1997) Catching up with the Collyer's[sic], Atlantic
Daily Bulletin, No 2., p.7
Colonel Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic. New York,
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
American Red Cross (1913) Emergency and Relief Booklet
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories
from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN
0 7509 1436 X
Brian Ticehurst, UK
George Behe, USA
Related Articles and Documents
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Charlotte Annie Collyer
Born: Friday 1st October 1880
Age: 31 years
Married to: Harvey
Last Residence: in Basingstoke Hampshire England
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 31921 , £26 5s
Destination: Payette Idaho United States
Rescued (boat 14)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Mr Harvey Collyer
Miss Marjorie Charlotte "Lottie" Collyer
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