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Elizabeth Crain

Miss Elizabeth Crain 1 was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 2 August 1900. She was the only child of US Army officer Charles Frederick Crain and the former Annie Duran Jackson, both natives of Illinois. 

In April 1912 Miss Crain, together with her parents, was a first cabin passenger aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster.

Elizabeth was married in 1927 to Dr Sinclair Smith (b. March 1899 in Illinois), an astrophysicist at the Mt Wilson observatory in Pasadena, California where the couple made their home. They welcomed their only child Anna in 1930. 

Widowed in 1938, Elizabeth never remarried and spent the rest of her life in Pasadena where she died on 12 December 1970 aged 70. 


  1. Bäbler lists a middle initial "C."

Carpathia Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Elizabeth Crain
Age: 11 years 8 months and 13 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Last Residence: in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States
Ship: Carpathia

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Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

Chicago Tribune (19 April 1912) Chicagoans on the Carpathia See Survivors of Titanic
New York Times (19 April 1912) RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List including place of living or booking
Daily News (28 February 1927) [Smith - Crain]
Los Angeles Times (20 May 1938) Scientist Dies at Pasadena
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RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
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Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Elizabeth Crain (ref: #2850, last updated: 13th June 2021, accessed 27th November 2021 17:38:05 PM)
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