Miss Anna Sinkkonen

Anna Sinkkonen

Miss Anna Maria Sinkkonen 1, a domestic, was born in Åbo, Finland on 12 March 1882.2 She had also lived in Parikkala, Pitaja,Finland but must subsequently have moved to America. She was on her way back to Brighton, Massachussetts after a visit to her native country.

In Brighton, Mass. her sister Ida lived at 669 Cambridge Street, where Anna planned to return.

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. She had bought ticket number 250648 for £13. On board of the Titanic she shared a cabin with Lyyli Silvén.

'...the bow had already started to sink and they started lowering the first lifeboat. Miss Sinkkonen was one of those put into it. Nobody seemed to suffer and Miss Sinkkonen could not really understand why there was a hurry to get everybody into the lifeboats. She thought about how embarrassing it would be when everybody laughed at them, after having rowed around for a while, when they came back. All in the boat wore lifebelts. They were only ten in the boat because many had refused to leave the ship. They rowed away from the Titanic whose lights they could see clearly from a distance. They were rescued at about four o'clock....'' (New Yorkin Uutiset, April 24, front page)
''I did notice,'' she said, ''that the men were being held back and only the women were allowed to get into the boats. The officers of the ship stood guard. No, I did not hear the music...'' (New York Herald, April 20, 1912)

Anna survived the sinking and was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 10; it seems that she panicked and was subdued by crew while in the boat sustaining a head injury from which she bore the scars for the rest of her life.

Upon her arrival in New York she and Lyyli were quartered in an Jewish "Welcome Home" on 225 East 13th St.  She then went to Massachusetts to stay with her sister.  Once she had recovered she gained employment as a maid in the home of a Boston Police officer.

A year after the disaster Anna travelled to San Francisco where she once again met fellow survivor Lyyli Silvén, she then travelled to Seattle. 

She met Finnish miner John Salmi (born 1884) and the couple were married in 1918 3, they settled in Issaquah, Washington in 1922.

Anna Sinkkonen

Anna Salmi (nee Sinkkonen) in March 1963. 
(The Issaquah Press 14 March 1963)

Anna became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1944.  Her husband died in 1961, Anna herself died 25 November 1963.

Peter Engberg, Sweden
Hermann Söldner, Germany

  1. Name given in the Contract Ticket list: "Sinkkonen"; In the List or Manifest...: "Simpponen" the latter name is that given in her 1944 naturalization document.
  2. Her US Naturalization record gives her birthplace as Parikkala, Finland and the date of birth as 12 March 1882.  The 1963 article give the birthdate as 3 December 1882.
  3. The naturalization document gives the marriage date as 8 March 1938, a 1963 newspaper interview with Anna gives the marriage date as 1918.
References and Sources
E. Nummi & Janet A. White (1996) I'm Going To See What Has Happened.
She Escaped from the Titanic, Issaquah Press, 14 March 1963
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183

Articles and Stories

She Escaped from the Titanic

Issaquah Press  (1963) 


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