Annie Robinson

Senan Molony

Jun 28, 1998
Annie Robinson in 1913

The spectacle on which their Majesties looked when they embarked on the Galatea, the dock port tender, was indeed unparalleled.

There never has been such an assembly of merchant vessels in review order before. The mere statistics are astonishing.

There were 109 ships in the review. They were of a gross tonnage of over 225,000, and the two lines made a total length of over ten miles.

The spectacle was very different from the Naval pageants which stir the patriot's blood at Spithead or Portland Roads, but it was equally a manifestation of Britain's might.

It was obvious that their Majesties were deeply impressed with the spectacle. All the ships were dressed rainbow fashion, all were crowded with spectators, and all but a few had bands to play the National Anthem as the Galatea steamed slowly past them.

Arriving at length at the far end of the line, and passing the warships with bluejackets and marines at attention, the Galatea entered the Gladstone dock.

During the voyage in the Galatea, the King and Queen had a long conversation with the stewardess, Mrs Robinson, one of the survivors of the Titanic.

Their Majesties were very interested in Mrs Robinson's narrative of her experiences, and asked her many questions on the subject of the great disaster.

The King and Queen's Royal review in the Mersey on Friday July 11, 1913, reported in The Times, Saturday, July 12, 1913.

Deleted member 173198

According to one of the newspaper reports submitted by Mark Baber some years back, hints at Annie being a "widow". Do you know Mark if that report gives a precious year of her husbands death?

Deleted member 173198

A minor bio page has been handed over to our Phil Hind. More importantly a special message today marks Annie's birthday, so here goes - Happy Birthday Elizabeth.

Bob Godfrey

Nov 22, 2002
As far as I know (which is possibly not much!) she certainly had a daughter but there is no evidence of a marriage. So it's at least possible that she was a single mother, and back in 1912 a woman in that situation was very likely to refer to herself as a widow.

Deleted member 173198

Oh really Bob Godfrey - I think you're going to deeply regret you ever said that. Watch this space. Take note also of not one daughter but she had two. On the plus I also have the marriage certificates in fact loads of certificates. What do you have to support your claim?

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
There'd be nothing for Bob to "deeply regret" if there's documentary evidence of Ms. Robinson's marriage. As he said, he's always been very receptive---and gracious---to receiving correct information.

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