About Mary McGovern as told by a relative

Date of Birth: April 1890

Place of Birth  Clarbally, Corlough Co. Cavan, Ireland

Mary was making the trip to New York alone, travelling by train from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim to Queenstown to board the Titanic. Her ticket cost 7 pounds and her passenger number was 330931.

It is believed that she was on one of the last three lifeboats to leave the ship. approximately 15 minutes before the ship sank.  Apparently the group of Irish women stayed together and were saved at the same time.

Father Grogan from Saint Vincent's Hospital met the survivors from the Carpathia unpon arrival at Pier 54 in New York.  From there they were taken in a Gimbels truck to Saint Vincent's Hospital.

On leaving the hospital Mary went to stay with her brother Pat McGovern.  Eight months after the incident Mary filed her first claim for $50 against the White Star Line.  One month later she filed an amended claim for an additional $20.  The additional amount was for two crocheted collars she had gotten from her mother.

She stayed in New York for a total of eight years, working as a housekeeper.

She returned to Ireland in 1920 and married Peter McGovern in 1921. They had two children, a son named Hugh and a daughter named Mary Kate.  Mary died on August 24, 1957.

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