Miss Catherine "Kate" Hargadon 1 was born in Carrownamaddoo, Ballintogher, Ballysadare, Co Sligo, Ireland on 29 May 1894.2
Her parents, who were illiterate, were Patrick Hargadon (b. 1864) and his wife Mary, née Creighan (b. 1861) and had married in their native Sligo in early 1888. She was one of five children born into a Roman Catholic household, one child of which was lost in infancy. Her surviving siblings were twins: Mary Anne and Bridget "Bee" (b. 1889) and Margaret (b. 1892).
Kate and her family appear on the 1901 census living at 12 Carrownamaddoo, Ballintogher, and her father is described as a farmer. The 1911 census shows the family by now living at 6 Carrownamaddoo and Kate has already left school and is working as a domestic cook.
Kate boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Co Cork as a third class passenger (ticket number 30631, which cost her £7, 14s, 8d) and she was travelling to 133 West 126th Street, Manhattan, the home of a sister who had paid for her journey.
Kate appears to have roomed with two other Sligo girls, Margaret Devaney and Mary Delia Burns. On the night of the sinking, Kate, who had reportedly felt ill for the duration of the voyage, possibly due to seasickness, had made her way up from their cabin to the open decks when she found she could go no further due to feeling unwell. Delia Burns took charge of the poorly Kate Hargadon with Margaret Devaney pressing ahead, perhaps to get help. Margaret Devaney found her way into one of the last lifeboats to be launched and would never see her friends again. Reports vary as to how Margaret Devaney became separated from her two shipmates, however.
Kate Hargadon died in the sinking. Her body, if recovered, was never identified.
Her father is believed to have died in 1924 and her mother in 1931, both in Sligo.
Robert L. Bracken, USA
Noel Ray, Ireland
- She is sometimes listed as "Kate Hagardon". The Queenstown passenger list gives her name as "Hargardon". "Marriages Birth Deaths ..." spells it "Hargadon".
- Birthdate under dispute; sometimes stated as 22 May 1894 or 9 May 1894.
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Queenstown, 11 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/776/2).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Articles and Stories
Western People (1912)