Miss Erna Alexandra Andersson

Miss Erna Alexandra Andersson was born on 10 October 1895 the daughter of Anders Israelsson. She came from Kulla gård, Strömfors (Ruotsinpyhtää), near Lovisa, Southern Finland. She had at least one brother, named Rudolf.1

She boarded the Polaris at Hangö to Hull and then travelled on to Southampton where she boarded the Titanic as a third class passenger destined for New York.

Erna was rescued in collapsible D. After her arrival in New York she was quartered in the Union League Home together with Maria Backström.

She stayed in New York and worked as a domestic helper. She visited Finland about 1913 then returned to USA.

Erna Anderson married a Finn by the name of Alfred Johnson2 on 29 January 1921 in the Bronx, New York, she was then 25 years old.

The mother was the same as for Rudolf Anderson, who had married in New York City in 1912 (Erna's brother) and who passed away in 1921.



Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland


  1. Rudolph married in New York in 1913 and died in 1912.
  2. The son of John Johansson (Johnson) and Fredrika (née Wilhelmsson), born c.1885, emigrated to USA in 1913. Later worked as a watchman in the construction industry.

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
1930, 1940 US Census
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2018) Erna Alexandra Andersson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #632, updated 12th October 2018 09:26:45 AM)
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