Miss Sarah Agnes Stap
Stewardess: Sarah Agnes Stap , c.46 , was born around 1865 at sea, the daughter of Captain Henry Stap, a master mariner, who at one time worked for the White Star Line.
Sarah Stap had been on the maiden voyage of the Baltic, and Adriatic, and also served on the Celtic, and most recently the Olympic as a nurse.
When Miss Stap signed-on to the Titanic on 9 April 1912 she gave her address as 41 Bidstan avenue, (Cloughton, Birkenhead). She signed on as a first class stewardess although according to her great-nephew Gordon Stap, she was not a stewardess but a ship?s matron. In her position she received monthly wages of £3 10s.
On the night of the sinking Sarah claimed that she owed her survival to a young cabin boy beside her who, when she was told to get into a lifeboat by the crew member in charge of that lifeboat, that there was room for her, she told the young cabin boy that as she was into her thirties and had had her life, he should take her spot. The cabin boy's answer was to simply pick her up, and put her in the lifeboat (#11).
Sarah Agnes Stap died in Birkenhead on Saturday 27 March 1937, aged 72.
References and Sources
Philip Hind (Editor)
Gordon Stap (great-nephew of Sarah Stap)
Cameron Bell, Northern Ireland
Phillip Gowan, USA
Mike Scott-Williams, South Africa
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