Toronto Daily Star

"A tragedy so great that it forever gives its survivors a common bond was the sinking of the Titanic. Sgt. John Collins was so impressed by his experiences of that famous occasion that he is trying to form a Titanic Association. He found three other Titanic survivors in Toronto, and last night a reunion dinner was held to commemorate the occasion and it is planned that this meeting may be the nucleus for a world-wide Titanic association.
Mrs. E. Bliss, Mrs. D.D. Mann, and Mrs. E.A. Mellinger met at the home of Mrs. Mann. Sgt. Collins, a member of the crew, was picked up by the same lifeboat in which Mrs. Bliss, also a member of the crew, was saved. "I remember him distinctly," said Mrs. Bliss, "He was at the rudder and had only a pair of overalls and a thin cotton vest on. There was a lady, well wrapped up with a fur coat over her arm. I asked her to give it to Mr. Collins, and she did, but he didn't keep it long. There was a woman with just a nightgown on and when Sgt. Collins saw her, he immediately gave her the coat.

Mrs. Mann recalled that she spent over six hours in the open lifeboat with her mother. "Our boat was lashed to some of the others to keep s from losing sight of each other. Mother lost her hearing due to the shock. There was a lady in our boat well wrapped up with coats, but she started to complain about conditions in the boat,"

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Emma Bliss
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  1. silvia rakic said:

    I am trying to find out why katarina fus (pronounced fush) her maiden name matan isnt listed as a survivor of titanic, along with her babies i heard they were twins not sure though, going to the usa to meet her husband he had a ticket for her to go join him. it says the girls that survived were scared of boats for the rest of their lives she was born in the village of kotoriba nothern croatia i have an article that was posted in their local magazine 2000 and even my grandmother knew of this. Her son is a doctor and she had a further 6 kids it says katarina fus died at the age of 101 years... Read full post

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    Marie Cook said:

    I am trying to track down any family, of Samuel Collins/ John Collins, Who is my Great Great Uncle. If Malcolm Collins could possibly get in touch.. I would love to hear,,, thankyou

  3. Mike Gunnill said:

    Grateful if Marie Cook could make contact with me, regarding Samuel/John Collins please. mikegunnillATmacDOTcom

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) RESCUED BY THE SAME LIFEBOAT TITANIC SURVIVORS UNITED AGAIN (Toronto Daily Star, Sunday 16th April 1939, ref: #1203, published 28 August 2003, generated 4th August 2020 09:34:57 AM); URL :