Manta Josefina Nieminen

Miss Manta Josefina Nieminen, 29, the daughter of Selim and Maria Nieminen, was a single woman living in Karinainen, near Turku, Finland.

Manta Nieminen had, according to a letter from her parents to the Finnish authorities, begun working as a maid at the age of 9. She had travelled abroad but in the Autumn of 1911 she returned to Finland. Since the age of 18 she had supported her parents with a yearly sum of 100 Fmk. ($19/£3 19s). Between January and March 1912 she had worked on her parents farm. They had counted on economic help from her when she went to work in America.

She boarded the Titanic in Southampton and was travelling to Aberdeen, Washington together with Werner Salonen.

Accordng to White Star she was travelling "c/o Doyno Ivanoff P.O. Box 284, Coon Rapids Iowa." But another passenger, Ivan Mineff from Bulgaria, was on his way to that address and White Star must have made a mix-up believing Nieminen to be a a Bulgarian. Aberdeen, Washington was the address she mentioned when she bought her ticket. She had 300 Fmk ($57/£11 16s) in cash and luggage worth 200 Fmk,($38/£7 18s) the value of which the parents tried to get back from the White Star line.

Miss Nieminen's body was never found, £50 in compensation was paid to her parents.

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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  1. Linda St. Denis said:

    My Mother's maiden name is Nieminen and both her Mother's and Father's family live in Finland. It would be most interesting to know if this young lady was any relation to my Grandfather Uno Emil Nieminen. Uno was born in Finland and immigrated to Canada in his late teens or early twenties.

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