Stewardesses

Hildo Thiel

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Maybe, thats true, But some of the crew members with made-up names got their real names. (Mrs. Leather, Moody, O'Loughlin and some others)

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Hildo Thiel

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Hi All

The Lucky ones

So may we call Titanic's stewardesses. They were very lucky to survive all with the exception of three. By some other shipwrecks the stewardesses were not so lucky.

Most women aboard Titanic were lucky enough to leave Titanic in a lifeboat. That means nearly all the women first class, second class and crew. Only about 50 % of third class women were saved.

Aboard Lusitania and The Empress of Ireland, they were not so lucky. I think by this two disasters mainly men survived.
Most childred died aboard the three ships died. On Titanic manly third class children. All in first- and second class, with the exception of Miss Allison, in first class were saved. On the Empress of Ireland only four children survived.

Questions:
How many female crew members were aboard the Empress of Ireland? What were their names? How many survived?

How many female crew members were aboard the Lusitania?
(Only five survived. Not more?)

One of the surviving stewardesses on Lusitania was May Bird, She was one of the passengers of one of the lifeboats who not reached the sea intact. Could anyone tell me more about here?
Mrs. Dewhurst was another who survived, and she survived another shipwreck.

Were all the stewardesses aboard Titanic, who were transferred from Olympic, aboard Olympic when it collide with the Hawke?

Which stewardesses were in other shipwrecks?

Miss Jessop:
Olympic-Hawke
Titanic-Iceberg
Brittanic-Mine
Mrs. Robinson:
Lake Champlain-Iceberg
Titanic-Iceberg
Mrs. Gold:
Suevic
Titanic-Iceberg

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Hildo
 

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Hi,

The Female crew members of Lusitania:
- May Bird, Stewardess (Saved)
- Nora Cassels, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Dewhurst, Stewardess (Saved)
- Eleanor Dowdell, Stewardess (Died)
- Christina Duncan, Stewardess (Died)
- Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes, Stewardess (Died)
- Miss Sadie Hall, Ships Typist (Died)
- Mrs. Jane Ellen Howdle, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Hull, Stewardess (Saved)
- Catherine Irvine, Stewardess (Died)
- Mary Elizabeth Jones, Stewardess (Died)
- Karen Jorgenson, Assitent Matron (Died)
- Margarita Chritina McCormack, Stewardess (Died)
- Agnes McGregor, Stewardess (Died)
- Isabel Harding Morrow, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Charles Rendall, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Annie Jane Roberts, Stewardess (Died)
- Florence Sikking, Stewardess (Saved)

This are the names I have on the female crew of the Lusitania. Are there maybe any others? A matron perhaps, because there is an assistant Matron. Or Maseusses.

Ot the Empress of Ireland I have only three names:
- Agnes Ethel Dinwoodie, Stewardess (Died)
- Helena Hollies, Stewardess (Saved?)
- Lily Leders, Stewardess (Died)

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Hildo
 

Eric Sauder

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Hello, Hildo:

Marian "May" Bird was born in Hoylake, Cheshire, and was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Bird. Miss Bird joined Cunard in 1907 where she met Fanny Morecroft, another Cunard stewardess who also survived the Lusitania sinking. Mrs. Morecroft’s husband had passed away in 1907, leaving her the sole support for the family. A friend secured a position for her with Cunard.

According to Miss Bird’s accounts of the sinking, she and Mrs. Morecroft jumped into the sea as Lusitania disappeared and were pulled into lifeboat #13. After several hours, they were rescued by the Flying Fish.

After several more years at sea, Miss Bird and Mrs. Morecroft retired from Cunard in 1930/1931 and moved to the south of England, where they shared a bungalow. Fanny Morecroft passed away in the 1950’s, and May Bird died in the 1970’s, just a few months short of her 100th birthday.

I'm also curious to know where you learned that Florence Sikking was a Stewardess. The only references to Florence Sikking I have ever seen indicate that he was a Bosun’s Mate. Keep in mind that at the time Florence could also be a man’s name. An example is second-class passenger Mr. Florence Sullivan.

There was a Matron on board by the name of Anna Enderson (or Endersen). She was originally from Norway and was lost in the sinking. Her body was recovered and buried in one of the mass graves in Queenstown.

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Hildo Thiel

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Hi,

The Stewardesses on Titanic, Lusitania and the Empress of Ireland. Three of the most intresting shipwrecks. In the beginning or the twentieth century. At the begin of the century there were less female crew members aboard ships. I think that on ships like the Herald of free enterprise and the Estonia were more female crew members.

Titanic had aboard 18 stewardesses, 2 cashiers, 2 masseuses and 1 matron.

Mrs. Mabel Bennet, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Harriette Elizabeth McLaren nee Allsop, Stewadess (saved)
Miss Ruth Bowker, Cashier (Saved)
Miss Margaret Elvina A. Martin, Cashier (Saved)
Miss Annie Caton, Masseuse (Saved)
Mrs. Katherine Gold nee Cook, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Mary Gregson, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Bessie Lavington, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Annie Martin, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Annie Robinson, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Mary Keziah Roberts nee Humphreys, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Maude Louise Slocombe nee Walden, Masseuse (Saved)
Miss Mary Sloan, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Alice Prichard, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Katherine Elizabeth Smith, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Emma Bliss nee Junod, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Violet Constance Jessop, Stewadess (Saved)
Mrs. Elizabeth May Leather, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Evelyn Marsden, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Sarah Agnes Stap, Chief-Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Katherine Walsh, Stewardess (Died)
Mrs. Catherine Jane Wallis nee Moore, Matron (Died)
Mrs. Lucy Violet Snape nee Lennard, Stewardess 2nd class (Died)

Lusitania had at least 16 stewardesses, 1 matron, 1 assistant matron and 1 typist aboard. Most of them died.

- May Bird, Stewardess (Saved)
- Nora Cassels, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Dewhurst, Stewardess (Saved)
- Eleanor Dowdell, Stewardess (Died)
- Christina Duncan, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Anna Enderson, Matron (Died)
- Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes, Stewardess (Died)
- Miss Sadie Hall, Ships Typist (Died)
- Mrs. Jane Ellen Howdle, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Hull, Stewardess (Saved)
- Catherine Irvine, Stewardess (Died)
- Mary Elizabeth Jones, Stewardess (Died)
- Karen Jorgenson, Assitent Matron (Died)
- Margarita Chritina McCormack, Stewardess (Died)
- Agnes McGregor, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Fanny Morecroft, Stewardess (Saved)
- Isabel Harding Morrow, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Charles Rendall, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Annie Jane Roberts, Stewardess (Died)

I have removed Florence Sikking from the list and put Anna Enderson and Fanny Morecroft on the list. Anna Enderson was on the list that I had from internet, but Fanny Morecroft not. Is this the complete list for the Lusitania or are some names of female crew members missing?

Of the stewardesses aboard the Empress of Ireland I have not much information. I do not know how many there were aboard. From three I am sure. Two of them died, that do I know for sure. Stewardess Helena Hollies I think survived. In the book The forgotten Empress, there is a account about here and stewardess Agnes Ethel Dinwoodie. They jumped together from the ship. How Miss Dinwoodie died is in the account. So Helena Hollies can be the one who told it.

Does anyone have some more information about the stewardesses aboard the Lusitania and Empress of Ireland. Or any new information about the Titanic stewardesses.

KIND REGARDS,

HILDO
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi All,

I have new names on the stewardesses of Lusitania and Empress of Ireland. This names were send to me by e-mail.

Titanic:
Mrs. Mabel Bennet, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Harriette Elizabeth McLaren nee Allsop, Stewadess (saved)
Miss Ruth Bowker, Cashier (Saved)
Miss Margaret Elvina A. Martin, Cashier (Saved)
Miss Annie Caton, Masseuse (Saved)
Mrs. Katherine Gold nee Cook, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Mary Gregson, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Bessie Lavington, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Annie Martin, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Annie Robinson, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Mary Keziah Roberts nee Humphreys, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Maude Louise Slocombe nee Walden, Masseuse (Saved)
Miss Mary Sloan, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Alice Prichard, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Katherine Elizabeth Smith, Stewardess (Saved)
Mrs. Emma Bliss nee Junod, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Violet Constance Jessop, Stewadess (Saved)
Mrs. Elizabeth May Leather, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Evelyn Marsden, Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Sarah Agnes Stap, Chief-Stewardess (Saved)
Miss Katherine Walsh, Stewardess (Died)
Mrs. Catherine Jane Wallis nee Moore, Matron (Died)
Mrs. Lucy Violet Snape nee Lennard, Stewardess 2nd class (Died)

Lusitania:
- Miss May Bird, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Nora Cassels, Stewardess (44) (Died)
- Mrs. Elizabeth Dewhurst, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Eleanor Dodwell, Stewardess (26)(Died)
- Miss Christina Campbell Duncan, Stewardess (36) (Died)
- Mrs. Anna Enderson, Matron (45)(Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes nee Hughes, Stewardess (42)(Died)
- Miss Sadie Hall, Ships Typist (Died)
- Mrs. Jane Ellen Howdle nee Hughes, Stewardess (33) (Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Hull, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Catherine Irvine, Stewardess (30) (Died)
- Miss Mary Elizabeth Jones, Stewardess (43)(Died)
- Mrs. Karen Jorgenson, Assitent Matron (35) (Died)
- Miss Margarita Chritina McCormack, Stewardess (34)(Died)
- Miss Agnes McGregor, Stewardess (44)(Died)
- Mrs. Fanny Morecroft, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Isabel Harding Morrow, Stewardess (42) (Died)
- Mrs. Charles Rendall, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Ann Jane Roberts, Stewardess (35) (Died)
- Miss Ellen Hughes, Stewardess (?)
- Miss Elizabeth Machell, Stewardess (?)
- Miss Annie Richardson, Stewardess (37) (Died)
- Mrs. M. Craigie, Stewardess (?)
- Miss Mary Phillips, Stewardess (?)
- Mrs. Margaret Weir nee Lindell, Stewardess (51) (Died)
- Mrs. M. Leitch, Stewardess (?)

Hope the list of female crew members of the Lusitania is now complete. Mrs. Foulkes and Mrs. Howdle were sisters. Who can tell me what happend too Miss Hughes, Miss Machell, Mrs. Craigie, Miss Phillips and Mrs. Leitch? Were they saved? And was Miss Hughes the third Hughes sister aboard or was she no family of Mrs. Foulkes and Mrs. Howdle?

Empress of Ireland:
- Miss Agnes Ethel Dinwoodie, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Helena Hollies, Stewardess (Saved?)
- Mrs. Ellen Jones, Stewardess (?)
- Ms. Miriam Jones, Matron (?)
- Mrs. Elizabeth (Lily) Leders, Stewardess (Died)
- Mrs. Bertha Madden nee Brown, Stewardess (?)
- Mrs. Mathilda Negus, Stewardess (?)
- Ms. Clarie May Page, Stewardess (?)
- Mrs. Sophia Jane Pearson, Stewardess (?)
- Miss Alice Riddell, Stewardess (?)
- Mrs. Lucilla Stratton, Stewardess (?)

Was Mrs. Helena Hollies the only stewardess to survive the Empress of Ireland or did any of the others survive? Mrs. Hollies was a widow. Mrs. Negus and Mrs. Stratton too. Can anyone tell me something more about Mrs. Hollies?

Regards,

Hildo
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi,

Here I'am again........!

With some questions about the stewardesses.

Titanic stewardesses left nearly all with the lifeboats. (11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 5, and 6) While the stewardesses of Lusitania and the Empress of Ireland were fighting for there lives in the water. And many died. Of the Lusitania stewardesses Miss Bird and Mrs. Morecroft were very lucky that they were pulled in lifeboat 13 from the water, most of the others died. The other three stewardesses who were saved were they in a lifeboat or were they pulled from the sea?

It seems that in all three shipwrecks lifeboat 13 was not an unlucky boatnumber, but a lucky number. All three lifeboats 13 reached te water safely.

Lusitania:
Who can tell me what happend too Miss Hughes, Miss Machell, Mrs. Craigie, Miss Phillips and Mrs. Leitch? Were they saved? And was Miss Hughes the third Hughes sister aboard or was she no family of Mrs. Foulkes and Mrs. Howdle?

Empress of Ireland: Was Mrs. Helena Hollies the only stewardess to survive the Empress of Ireland or did any of the others survive? Mrs. Hollies was a widow. Mrs. Negus and Mrs. Stratton too. Can anyone tell me something more about Mrs. Hollies?

Regards,

Hildo
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi,

Here I am again.

Figures on the stewardesses:

Titanic: 23 aboard
- 2 masseuses, both survived
- 2 cashiers, both survived
- 1 matron, died
- 1 second class stewardess, died
- 17 first class stewardesses, 1 died, 16 survived.

Lusitania: 26 aboard
- 1 matron, died
- 1 assistant matron, died
- 1 ship typist, died
- 23 stewardesses, for so far I know only 5 survived. And from 5 I do not know what happend with them.

Empress of Ireland: 11 aboard
- 1 matron, died
- 10 stewardesses, 9 died and 1 survived.

Regards,

Hildo
 
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Dear Hildo, here are the names of the surviving stewardesses ex Lusitania:

Miss Marian Bird
Mrs Fanny Moorcroft
Miss Elizabeth Machell
Mrs Margaret Hull
Miss Ellen Hughes
Mrs Elizabeth Dewhurst
Mrs M Craigie (ex Cameronia)
Miss Mary Phillips (ex Cameronia)
Mrs M Leitch (Matron Cameronia)

Best regards,

Peter
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi Peter,

Thanks for the information:

So Mr. Charles Randall, I think there are a lot more errors in the list I have from internet about Lusitania passengers and Crew. So there were 25 female crew members aboard Lusitania and 9 of them survived. Charles Randall is not the only one who was named as a stewardess. Florence Sikking was also named as stewardess.

So the correct list of female crew members on the Lusitania is:
- Miss May Bird, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Nora Cassels, Stewardess (44) (Died)
- Mrs. Elizabeth Dewhurst, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Eleanor Dodwell, Stewardess (26)(Died)
- Miss Christina Campbell Duncan, Stewardess (36) (Died)
- Mrs. Anna Enderson, Matron (45)(Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes nee Hughes, Stewardess (42)(Died)
- Miss Sadie Hall, Ships Typist (Died)
- Mrs. Jane Ellen Howdle nee Hughes, Stewardess (33) (Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Hull, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Catherine Irvine, Stewardess (30) (Died)
- Miss Mary Elizabeth Jones, Stewardess (43)(Died)
- Mrs. Karen Jorgenson, Assitent Matron (35) (Died)
- Miss Margarita Chritina McCormack, Stewardess (34)(Died)
- Miss Agnes McGregor, Stewardess (44)(Died)
- Mrs. Fanny Morecroft, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Isabel Harding Morrow, Stewardess (42) (Died)
- Miss Ann Jane Roberts, Stewardess (35) (Died)
- Miss Ellen Hughes, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Elizabeth Machell, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Annie Richardson, Stewardess (37) (Died)
- Mrs. M. Craigie, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Mary Phillips, Stewardess (Saved)
- Mrs. Margaret Weir nee Lindell, Stewardess (51) (Died)
- Mrs. M. Leitch, Matron (Saved)

Regards,

Hildo
 

Brian Meister

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Hildo and Peter,

I have Mrs Margaret Craigie as a Lusitania
stewardess, age 40 years.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Brian
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi Peter,

Thank you for your information. So Mrs. Craigie was one of Lusitania's own stewardesses. But some others were ex stewardesses from the Cameronia.

Regards,

Hildo
 
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Hello Brian and Hildo. Some of the crew came from the Cameronia, but only the stewardesses are listed as such in the Cunard list from March 1916. The Cameronia-stewardesses on the Lusitania were:

Mrs Craigie (stewardess)
Miss Agnes McGregor (stewardess)
Mrs Weir (stewardess)
Miss Mary Phillips (stewardess)
Mrs Leitch (Matron)

Quite a few male crew were also connected to the Cameronia, and I am not certain why they suddenly worked on the Lusitania instead. Does anyone know?

Best regards,

Peter
 

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Hello Peter,

Thanks for the message, so 5 of the Lusitania stewardesses were from Cameronia?

It seems they would return home with another ship than they thought.

Lusitania's own stewardesses

- Miss May Bird, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Nora Cassels, Stewardess (44) (Died)
- Mrs. Elizabeth Dewhurst, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Eleanor Dodwell, Stewardess (26)(Died)
- Miss Christina Campbell Duncan, Stewardess (36) (Died)
- Mrs. Anna Enderson, Matron (45)(Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes nee Hughes, Stewardess (42)(Died)
- Miss Sadie Hall, Ships Typist (Died)
- Mrs. Jane Ellen Howdle nee Hughes, Stewardess (33) (Died)
- Mrs. Margaret Hull, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Catherine Irvine, Stewardess (30) (Died)
- Miss Mary Elizabeth Jones, Stewardess (43)(Died)
- Mrs. Karen Jorgenson, Assitent Matron (35) (Died)
- Miss Margarita Christina McCormack, Stewardess (34)(Died)
- Mrs. Fanny Morecroft, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Isabel Harding Morrow, Stewardess (42) (Died)
- Miss Ann Jane Roberts, Stewardess (35) (Died)
- Miss Ellen Hughes, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Elizabeth Machell, Stewardess (Saved)
- Miss Annie Richardson, Stewardess (37) (Died)

Lusitania's stewardesses from Cameronia:

- Mrs. Margaret Craigie, Stewardess (40) (Saved)
- Miss Mary Phillips, Stewardess (Saved)
- Mrs. Margaret Weir nee Lindell, Stewardess (51) (Died)
- Mrs. M. Leitch, Matron (Saved)
- Miss Agnes McGregor, Stewardess (44)(Died)

So Lusitania left New York with 20 of her own stewardesses and with 5 of Cameronia. 16 of them died in the disaster 14 of her own stewardesses and 2 of Cameronia. And 6 of her own stewardesses survived along with 3 from Cameronia.

Regards,

Hildo
 

Hildo Thiel

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Hi All,

Another message with a question. This time about the female crew members of Britannic.

How many where there aboard when the Britannic went down.

One of them whas surviving Titanic Stewardess Violet Constance Jessop.
Who where the others?
Did All survive?

Regards,

Hildo
 

Steve Smith

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Hi all...

Does anyone know of any photographs of Violet Jessop?

Apart from the group photo mentioned extensively in earlier posts and the "famous" image of her dressed in nurses uniform I have see no others. Can anyone help?

As an aside, I took a few hours out this weekend (the 30th anniversary of her death) to track down her grave. It's a fittingly tranquil resting place for someone who led such an adventurous life!

Regards, Steve
 
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Michael Friedman

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Steve,

I believe Rustie Brown included a much later one in her book "The Titanic, The Psychic, and the Sea" of Violet Jessop at a Society meeting, in company with Marjorie Newell Robb, Gus Cohen, and Lawrence Beesley. I don't have a copy of the book myself, but a good library might.

Regards,

Mike
 
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Quick question.

What do Stewardesses actually do? Do they help the ladies dress? Bring tea or food? Help unpack? How could a passenger contact the stewardess if she needed her?

Christa