Carpathia passenger family legend Mitchell


John Sharp

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My name is Sharp but my paternal grand-mother's maiden name was Mitchell and the family legend is that Eileen Blanche was a passenger on Carpathia when she went to the rescue of Titanic. My grand-mother would have been only 6 or 7 years old but she was traveling with her father who was an engineer and we understand he may have been a guest of the shipping company because he was attending a conference or similar. We are still searching for more information but I thought I would post up what I have to date. Mr Mitchell is said to have won an award from Cammell Laird shipbuilders in Birkenhead (where we live) for coming up with a major improvement to turbine blade design. I cannot find any mention on the passenger lists here - but maybe if they travelled as guests they may have been omitted? I am in the process of finding out more detail (full name!) from local records and hope to look into the Cammell Laird archive very soon. Thanks for any further help you may be able to offer.
John Sharp

[Moderator's note: This message has been moved here from "General Titanica," where it was orginially posted. MAB]
 
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>>but maybe if they travelled as guests they may have been omitted?<<

I would bet extremely long odds against that since the immigration authorities tend to get really cranky about ships making port with undocumented passengers. There would be no good reason to omit passengers who were traveling on complimentary tickets, and substantial legal penalties for omitting them.
 

John Sharp

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I have done some more digging and it appears that they may have been on the Baltic - one of my great uncles talked of seeing people in red blankets coming on board.
Was the Baltic diverted to Liverpool missing out Cork?
Mathew Mitchell was the name of my Great Grand father who was the engineer.
 
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>>I have done some more digging and it appears that they may have been on the Baltic - one of my great uncles talked of seeing people in red blankets coming on board.<<

The problem with trying to link the Baltic to the Titanic is that the Baltic had no part in the rescue. The Carpathia was the only ship to pick up survivors. Perhaps your great uncle is recalling a different incident.
 

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Perhaps it was the sinking of the Republic that occurred on January 24, 1909 which was in a collision with the Florida. The Baltic came to the rescue and that is the only incident involving her, that I can think of.

I've never seen a mention of passengers boarding "in red blankets", in the accounts that I've read. However, here's the thread to the accounts of the disaster, if it helps:

R.M.S. Republic
 

John Sharp

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There is a lesson here! Read first - I'm sure we will get to the bottom of this - I'm awaiting some information to arrive from a cousin - I'll keep delving - thanks for the info so far.

THANKS
John
 

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