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Colleen Raymond

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Hello, my name is Colleen, and I am trying to find out if someone was actually a passenger on the Titanic.

Unfortunately, I don't have too much background. The person in question was a neighbor when I was a child. Her (married) name was Bertha Herring. I really didn't know her at all, but my father knew her slightly, so I asked him what he remembered about the Titanic story.

Naturally, he had never actually interrogated her about it, but knew second-hand that she was (supposedly) a Titanic survivor. He recalled that he had read an article in the local newspaper in the 70s or so making reference to her survival of the disaster, but that really is no guarantee of truth.

According to him, she was about 3 years old when the Titanic sunk, and "no one knew who she was" immediately following the sinking. I believe she was English. My father also thought at one point she was an Atlantic City beauty queen. When we knew her (aprroximately 1975-1990s), she lived in Key West, Florida; I think she must have lived there for at least 20 years or so. She had a son named Charlie. I assume she has passed away by now, or I would say she's definitely not a survivor, since I don't recognize her at all of the very few remaining alive. At any rate she is no longer my father's neighbor in Key West.

I have been perusing the passenger list, but haven't found any Berthas who fit this description. Some of the passengers' information is very limited, so I was wondering if there might be anyone on these boards who recognizes any of this as a survivor's story. I know the information I have is sparse, so I'm not expecting much. This site just got me curious as to whether her story was actually true. I did read somewhere, maybe here, that if everyone who claimed to be on the Titanic actually was, the ship would've sunk at the harbor. So, I got to doubting her story. This seems to be the best place to inquire about it.

Sincerely,
Colleen Raymond
 
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Your doubts are probably very well founded. The names of the passengers and crew are pretty well established, even to the point of aliases being used by professional gamblers and people out for little romps with people of the opposite gender without the benefit of a marraige certificate.
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Unfortunately, bogus Titanic passengers and crew are as thick as fleas. As it stands, if the individual is not listed s/he wasn't there.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

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Colleen,
I lived across the street from Bertha Herring in Key West. I got to know her pretty well and i can say she was a passenger on the Titanic. She and my mother were good friends, Bertha once showed my mom her ticket from the voyage as well as a tea/coffee cup that she had been given from the lady who held her that night when she was passed off. She was just a baby and did not have any recolection of the night the Titanic went down. She was taken to New York and somehow got adopted and given the name Bertha Herring from her adoptive parents. No one knew her real name, only that she did have family in America and they didn't want to have anything to do with her, so they put her up for adoption. I wish i knew more, but i told you everything i know. She was a sweet lady who kept to herself quite a bit. She had an area on the back side of her house where she tended to flowers. I heard she passed away in the mid 1990's. I never got to meet her son Charlie, but i knew he existed. I hope this helps you out and if there is anything else i can maybe answer, please E-mail me and i will tell you what i can.
Sincerely yours,
David Enzor

Hello, my name is Colleen, and I am trying to find out if someone was actually a passenger on the Titanic.

Unfortunately, I don't have too much background. The person in question was a neighbor when I was a child. Her (married) name was Bertha Herring. I really didn't know her at all, but my father knew her slightly, so I asked him what he remembered about the Titanic story.

Naturally, he had never actually interrogated her about it, but knew second-hand that she was (supposedly) a Titanic survivor. He recalled that he had read an article in the local newspaper in the 70s or so making reference to her survival of the disaster, but that really is no guarantee of truth.

According to him, she was about 3 years old when the Titanic sunk, and "no one knew who she was" immediately following the sinking. I believe she was English. My father also thought at one point she was an Atlantic City beauty queen. When we knew her (aprroximately 1975-1990s), she lived in Key West, Florida; I think she must have lived there for at least 20 years or so. She had a son named Charlie. I assume she has passed away by now, or I would say she's definitely not a survivor, since I don't recognize her at all of the very few remaining alive. At any rate she is no longer my father's neighbor in Key West.

I have been perusing the passenger list, but haven't found any Berthas who fit this description. Some of the passengers' information is very limited, so I was wondering if there might be anyone on these boards who recognizes any of this as a survivor's story. I know the information I have is sparse, so I'm not expecting much. This site just got me curious as to whether her story was actually true. I did read somewhere, maybe here, that if everyone who claimed to be on the Titanic actually was, the ship would've sunk at the harbor. So, I got to doubting her story. This seems to be the best place to inquire about it.

Sincerely,
Colleen Raymond[/QUOTE]
 

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