Florence Cleugh Palmer

RMS Carpathia Passenger

Mrs Florence Cleugh Palmer, née Brydon, was born in Galt, Waterloo, Ontario on 17 November 1866. She was the daughter of Scots-born Presbyterian migrants, Walter Brydon, a blacksmith, and the former Elizabeth Cleugh. She had three sisters. 

She was married on 9 September 1888 to US-born Frederick Douglas Palmer (b. September 1860), a bookkeeper; the couple had two children, Douglas (b. 1890) and Bernice (b. 1893) and by 1911 the family lived at Brant Road in Galt, Ontario from where her husband was employed at the sawmills. 

Mrs Palmer, along with her daughter Bernice, boarded the Carpathia as a first cabin passenger, headed for a vacation to the Mediterranean; both women witnessed the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic disaster and Bernice, armed with a recently gifted Kodak camera, took numerous well-known photographs of the unfolding events. 

Florence returned to her family in Ontario where she was widowed in December 1922. In 1924 she migrated to the USA where both her children lived, setting up home with her son Douglas, a broker. 

Florence Palmer died in Los Angeles, California on 11 February 1943. 

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (19 April 1912) RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List including place of living or booking
Los Angeles Times (14 February 1943) Florence Palmer (Brydon)

Documents and Certificates

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
Search archive online


Gavin Bell, UK
Günter Bäbler, Switzerland

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Florence Cleugh Palmer (ref: #2901, last updated: 14th June 2021, accessed 31st July 2021 22:45:29 PM)
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