Miss Elizabeth Dowdell

Miss Elizabeth Dowdell, 30, of Union Hill, New Jersey boarded the Titanic at Southampton as Nurse to Miss Virginia Ethel Emmanuel whom she was escorting to her grandparents home in New York City. They shared a third class cabin with Amy Stanley who recalled the couple years later:

"My two cabin mates were a Nurse and an 11 year old [sic] child, her [the nurse's] name was Elizabeth. The child was alone, because her parents were still in Europe and she was going home to America." After the rescue... "I found Elizabeth and the Nurse I roomed with on the Titanic, I was so glad they survived the trauma."

Amy also mentions them in a letter to her parents written immediately after their arrival in New York:

"I shared a cabin with an American lady and child. I assisted them to dress, and then we went up on deck. We tried to reach the boats. Then I saw two fellows (whom we met at meals, the only men we made real friends of) coming towards us, who assisted us over the railings into the lifeboat."

Amy Stanley was assisted into Collapsible C. Ms Dowdell and Miss Emmanuel were rescued in lifeboat 13.

Miss Dowdell made an insurance claim of $469 (claim B5 c/o Miss Martin, Savoy Hotel, London).

Miss Dowdell later became Mrs Fierer and attended the New York premiere of A Night to Remember in 1958. She passed away in the Bronx, New York, on 16 November 1962 at the age of seventy. She was buried at the Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Credits
Arthur Merchant, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK

References and Sources
Jersey Journal, 19 April 1912, Mother and Child Saved at Very Last
Hudson Dispatch, 19 April 1912, Titanic Survivors Tell Dramatic Story of Sea's Greatest Disaster in History
Hudson Observer, 20 April 1912, Union Hill Woman Says Band Didn't Play On Titanic
Hudson Dispatch, 20 April 1912, Harrowing Tale of Scenes on Titanic by Miss Dowdell
Jersey Journal, 20 April 1912, Rescued Union Hill Girl's Story
State of New York Certificate of Death
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York American

Articles and Stories

MOTHER AND CHILD SAVED AT VERY LAST

Jersey Journal  (1912) 

MOTHER AND CHILD SAVED AT VERY LAST

 
RESCUED UNION HILL GIRL'S STORY

Jersey Journal  (1912) 

RESCUED UNION HILL GIRL'S STORY

 
HARROWING TALE OF SCENES ON TITANIC BY MISS DOWDELL

Hudson Dispatch  (1912) 

HARROWING TALE OF SCENES ON TITANIC BY MISS DOWDELL

 
UNION HILL WOMAN SAYS BAND DIDN'T PLAY ON TITANIC

Hudson Observer  (1912) 

UNION HILL WOMAN SAYS BAND DIDN'T PLAY ON TITANIC

 
Headstone (10)

HEADSTONE (10)

 
TITANIC SURVIVORS TELL DRAMATIC STORY OF SEA'S GREATEST DISASTER IN HISTORY

Hudson Dispatch  (1912) 

TITANIC SURVIVORS TELL DRAMATIC STORY OF SEA'S GREATEST DISASTER IN HISTORY

 
HUDSON COUNTY SURVIVORS TELL OF SEA TRAGEDY

Jersey Journal  (1912) 

HUDSON COUNTY SURVIVORS TELL OF SEA TRAGEDY

 
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