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Julia Blanche Cservenka

RMS Carpathia Stewardess

Miss Julia Blanche Cservenka was born in Nitra, Austria-Hungary (modern-day Slovakia) on 3 December 1886. She was the daughter of Frederick Cservenka, a postal official. 

Miss Cservenka was a stewardess on the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster. 

In 1913 Julia was married to another veteran of the Carpathia rescue, waiter Vernon Livermore (b. 1880). The couple made their home in Liverpool and welcomed their only child Catherine Hilda Ethel in 1914.

In May 1915 Julia’s husband Vernon and her brother-in-law Algernon Percy Penny (Penny was married to Julia’s sister Ethel née Cservenka1) were saloon cabin stewards aboard the Lusitania when that ship was torpedoed. Both men survived. 

Julia Livermore, née Cservenka, remained a resident of Liverpool for the rest of her life; she died on 23 April 1961 and was buried in West Derby Cemetery.


  1. In some quarters it has been suggested that Ethel Cservenka Penny (1881-1958) had also been present as a stewardess on Carpathia in April 1912. Prior to her marriage to Algernon Percy Penny in July 1909 she had been a stewardess aboard Carmania in the early months of that year. Her presence aboard Carpathia seems unlikely as at the time she had a young family and was pregnant. Her husband Algernon Percy Penny was a native of Godalming, Surrey and a survivor of the Lusitania disaster; he died in Southampton in 1954. 


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's rescuers : Captain Arthur Rostron and the crew of the Carpathia, (Occasional papers No.7), B & J Printers, ISBN 1871733073
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Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Miss Julia Blanche Cservenka
Age: 25 years 4 months and 12 days (Female)
Nationality: Slovakian
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Stewardess
Ship: Carpathia
Buried: West Derby Cemetery, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

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