I hope you have also had a chance to correspond with Titanic Historian Don Lynch, who knew Edwina Troutt (later McKenzie) quite well, even dedicated his book "Titanic: An Illustrated History" to both Edwina and another 2nd Class passenger/survivor, Ruth Becker (later Blanchard).
I am so glad to have found this site. I did not know about Edwina until the 1970s when a neighbor brought me a copy of "Guideposts" magazine with an article that she had written. I wrote to the magazine requesting that they forward my letter to her and they did. She responded and it was wonderful to hear from her. We kept contact for several years after that. I am researching to see if there is an ancestral link as Troutt is an alternate spelling of our family name.
Hello, Edwina. If you're working on your pedigree, I recommend www.familysearch.org. I have been working for a company that specializes in family name histories and coats of arms and this website is one of our resources for information. It's a FREE genealogy source which is currently undergoing revamping, so that when the website is relaunched in December, it will be easier to navigate and obtain your family tree and you'll find an explosion of new information. By the way, this is the website where Ancestry.com gets all their information--only you have to pay for it there. And no, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org are not both owned by the Mormons. (It's a BIG myth--the Mormons do not want to be associated with Ancestry.com.) The LDS church runs FamilySearch.org, but they won't bother you with proselytizing. They will be very helpful to you, though, if you get stuck trying to navigate or figure out records.
I was recently reading a book about the Titanic in the library, when I came across a quote which read something like, "A large group of passengers came from the decks below, all clutching their possessions over their head and rushing for the lifeboats. Horrible people! Should have been called fourth class! Fortunately, due to the heroic efforts of some officers with pistols, they were forced back behind the gates." It says the quote was from someone named 'first-class passenger Edwina Corrigan.' Doubting the authenticy of the quote because it just seemed so ridiculously prejudiced, even for 1912, and because I'd never heard of anyone called Edwina Corrigan, I did a search on ET and found that it could only be Edwina Troutt, who was actually in second class. Having read a bit about her I'm a little curious if she actually had said something like this. I may be incorrect but I can't imagine her saying something like this. Is this true?
Honestly, it sounds contrived to me. For one thing, the presence of locked gates is largely a myth. There may have been some locked doors, but none of them were really a barrier to getting topside. The only gates out on the weather decks were the waist high gates at the top of the ladders leading from the well decks up onto the superstructure.
Also, the officers were pretty well occupied just getting the boats filled. They hardly had time to drive anybody back anywhere.
Edwina Troutt was married three times, and one of them was to a James Corrigan. From all the accounts I've read, seen or heard, Edwina seemed hardly the type to be prejudiced. In fact, just the opposite. Edwina held a steerage baby in her arms for hours while she was in the lifeboat, and cared for the child until his mother was located on the Carpathia. I did read that Edwina was annoyed at some of the men who attempted to "rush the lifeboat" while women and children were still being loaded.
I met Edwina when she was nearly 100, and remember a sweet elderly lady who had a smile for everyone! Don Lynch, Ken Marschall and a number of other Titanic researchers knew her well so they would certainly know more about her Titanic experience. The late Rustie Brown's book "Titanic, the Psychic and the Sea" has much to say about Edwina's life and Titanic experience. Edwina is the main character in Rustie's 1980 book which is a very good read.
Winnie was married to my Aunt Genevieve's father James Corrigan in 1955 and that when I first met Winnie. Even though James passed away in 1957, our family kept in contact with Winnie until she died in 1984. During her 100 birthday I also received the book; "The Titanic The Psychic and the Sea" by Rustie Brown. It is signed by Rustic Brown, Edwina MacKenzie, and Ruth Blanchard another survivor of the Titanic. If your interested in the Titanic and Edwina's account of that tragic night and after.
Hello to everyone following the Edwina C Trout, Titanic personality. I had the pleasure of personally meeting Edwina in Australia in 1981. This was in Queensland and in a suburb of Brisbane called Mt Gravatt. She was staying with neighbors of mine. I came home from work(I was in the Airforce) and the family I lived with said," Go up the road and meet a lady from the Titanic." Which I promptly did. She was so spritely and alive and I had no idea at the time that she was 97 years old !!. She excitedly told us of her ordeal and to confirm that she too told me she was on lifeboat 13. She said they sung a song on the lifeboat called, " row for the shore Sailor, row for the shore" she then commenced singing it for us. I had a small bottle of beer in my hand when I went up to meet her. She saw it in my hand and asked what it was. I told her, "it's beer". She then exclaimed, "Beer"! Then she commenced to sing, " Beer, Beer, Glorious Beer !!" A song she must have known from her past. I'm am speaking the truth to you all. It was such an entertaining moment. We had our photo taken together which I still have to this day. This was only three years before she passed away, and she's travelling to Australia ! Along with the photo, she also wrote on a piece of paper to go with the photo: Edwina C MacKenzie ( nee Trout ) 2nd Class Passenger RMS TITANIC oldest surviving passenger. " it's Great to be Alive " The following day my neighbors who she stayed with, contacted a Brisbane TV station and they came out, ran an interview with her for a current affairs program. They produced a wonderful story that night, with clips from archive footage etc, and she sang row for the shores while they played the clips as part of the recording. They then treated her like a VIP taking her around Brisbane the next few days. A truly inspiring woman to meet and meant so much to me to meet her at the time.
Edwina was my grandmothers best friend. I remember her visiting my home when I was growing up. I can still picture her sitting in our living room chatting with my parents and my sister and myself. I only wish that I would have asked her questions and would have received first-hand answers. But being at the ages I was, I missed the greatest opportunity I do recall her saying how she had a small child given to her to take on a lifeboat. I can recall only bits and pieces .