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Charlotte Wardle Cardeza

Charlotte Wardle Cardeza
Charlotte Wardle Cardeza

Mrs James Warburton Martinez Cardeza (Charlotte "Lottie" Wardle Drake) was born 10 April 1854 the daughter of Leeds, England born textile entrepreneur Thomas Drake and his American wife Matilda McCheshney.

Charlotte’s married James Warburton Martinez Cardeza in 1874 and lived in an extravagant mansion, Montebello, in Germantown, PA. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her son Thomas and her maid Anna Ward. They occupied one of the most expensive suites on the ship, B-51/53/55 (ticket number17755, £512, 6s).

Mrs Cardeza and her entourage brought with them fourteen trunks, four suitcases and three crates of baggage. Mrs Cardeza would later file a detailed claim to the value of £36,567 2s for their loss.

Mrs Cardeza, her son and their servants were rescued in lifeboat 3.

Mrs Cardeza died on 1 August 1939, she was buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Mrs Cardez Grave

Cardeza Mausoleum

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Charlotte Wardle Cardeza (née Drake)
Age: 58 years and 5 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to James Warburton Martinez
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17755, £512 6s 7d
Cabin No. B51/53/55
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 1st August 1939 aged 85 years
Cause of Death:
Buried: West Laurel Hill, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States

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Newspaper Articles

New York Times (25 December 1898) NOTES OF THE YACHTSMEN
New York Times (21 March 1900) NOTES FOR THE YACHTSMEN
New York Times (29 April 1900) YACHTS AND YACHTSMEN
New York Times (16 June 1900) Yacht Eleanor's Long Cruise
New York Times (26 June 1900) STEAM YACHT ELEANOR SOLD
Chicago American (16 April 1912) 300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS
Evening Bulletin (16 April 1912) HAD PREMONITION OF HARM
New York Times (16 April 1912) LORD ROTHES AWAITS WIFE
Washington Herald (19 April 1912) ISMAY LEFT SHIP AT WOMEN'S PLEA
New York Herald (19 April 1912) Lady Duff Gordon Saw Men Shot by Captain Smith
A man made a rush to get aboard and was shot.
Washington Times (19 April 1912) LIKE AWFUL DREAM, DECLARES WOMAN
Mrs. Cardeza, of Philadelphia, Tells of Her Experience In Wreck
Worcester Evening Gazette (20 April 1912) Says Ismay Chose Own Boat Crew
New York Sun (27 April 1912) Thomas Cardeza's Account
(1939) Charlotte Wardle Cardeza (Death Certificate)
Philadelphia Inquirer (2 August 1939) DIED : CARDEZA
New York Times (2 August 1939) MRS. J. W. CARDEZA, TITANIC SURVIVOR


Bedroom at Mrs Cardeza's Montebello Mansion
Charlotte Cardeza
Charlotte Cardeza
Charlotte Cardeza and Annie Ward
Charlotte Cardeza newspaper picture
Exterior of Mrs Cardeza's Germantown home, Montebello
Mrs Cardeza at her desk
Mrs Cardeza's Bedroom at her Montebello Mansion
Photographic Portrait of Charlotte Cardeza
Staircase of Mrs Cardeza's home, Montebello
Studio Portrait of Charlotte Cardeza
The lounge of Mrs Cardeza's home: Montebello
Steam Yacht 'Eleanor'
(1902) Charlotte Cardeza


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