Third Class Women in Bow on Titanic


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Hello to everyone,

After looking at many records, including the Joseph/Peter (Katrin Yusuf) family from Lebanon and The Fatal Journey of Third Class Men on the Titanic which shows info that at least 9 Third Class women were in the forward section, I was wondering if there are accounts of Third class women in the bow at the time of the collision, or if there were female passengers situated in this section at all.

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Charles
 

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In general principle, I recall that the forward section of 3rd class berthing was designated for men only, women and families were quartered aft. I'm a bit skeptical of seeing any women with forward berths.

In general, most passengers were in bed when the collision occurred. If there were women with cabins there, that's probably where they were.
 

Harland Duzen

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Apparently Single Women and Families were berthed in the Stern while Single Men and Couples were berthed in the Bow.

Could this explain it?
 

Charles

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Thanks both of you. I didn't know it was also separated by if you were a family or single couple.
 

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Martin, you stated above that couples - by which I assume you mean married couples - were berthed in the bow rather than the stern. Could you please tell us your source for that, if it was something other than David Gleicher's article?
 
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Harland Duzen

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Any relation in survival rates according to whether you were berthed in bow or stern ?
Well we know that many gates in the bow were shut while 3rd class had more space and escape routes such as the 3rd class stairwell underneath the poop deck and including the 2nd class stairwell at some point.
 

Harland Duzen

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Well we know that many gates in the bow were shut while 3rd class had more space and escape routes such as the 3rd class stairwell underneath the poop deck and including the 2nd class stairwell at some point.
For further info, check the Titanic Documentary: Titanic: Secrets Revealed, 01:02:50 onwards.

 

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After looking at the ET bios of third class couples without other family members, I finally came across the bios of the Hakkarainens, an American couple of Finnish descent, returning from a trip. On the night of the sinking, Mrs. Hakkarainen recalled hearing a huge noise and vibration, more of an account than Third Class women on the Titanic who usually described the "little or no feeling" accounts of the collision.

Pekka, her husband, went out to investigate what went on while she stayed in bed. After Pekka hadn't returned, Elin was awaken again by fellow passengers who had rushed her out of her cabin with only a handbag and a lifebelt. After heading through the corridors in search of an exit, a steward finally arrived to help them to the deck.

Elin was still trying to find her husband on the boat deck when she was grabbed by someone and pulled her in Lifeboat 15.


This has to be evidence that couples were in the bow, because it was the passengers in the bow that were rushed by people or by water. Elin didn't account any water that she saw, but by the way everyone was moving, it was possible that others had noticed flooding somewhere near her cabin.
 

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Martin, you stated above that couples - by which I assume you mean married couples - were berthed in the bow rather than the stern. Could you please tell us your source for that, if it was something other than David Gleicher's article?
I afaird I can't remember where.
 

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Elizabeth Vilhelmina Johnson's daughter Eleanor (almost 2 at the time) claimed her family was in the forward section and her brother was knocked out of bed.


Either she has her facts wrong or there were some Third Class women in the bow. She even recalled that the passengers were placing with the ice on the deck, but didn't mention any flooding (perhaps they were on E Deck
 

Charles

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What I meant was, if Shuman's account is true (her mother's actually, since she was an infant at the time) then they would have been berthed in the forward cabins (no ice landed on the rear decks since the iceberg stopped scraping the ship forward amidships). They said according to testimony that the ice landed right outside their cabin door. Possible locations for her cabin may be Cabins 1-3 in Section B (E-Deck) or cabins alongside the starboard side of F-Deck (I would assume Section G since Olaus Abelseth, another passenger in the section, claimed the section to be quite dry for a while.
 

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