Miss Nūr al-'ayn Būlus

Miss Nūr al-'ayn Būlus was born in Sar’al, Lebanon around 1902.

She was the daughter of Harry Būlus (b. 1865), a farmer, and Sultānah Rizq (b. circa 1872) and was the sister of Akar (b. 1905) and had several other older siblings.

Her father had emigrated to Kent in Ontario, Canada several years previously and worked as a bus driver for the Rankin House Hotel there but made several trips back to Lebanon. By 1912 she and her family were still working the family farm but it was decided that she, her mother and brother Akar would join Harry Būlus in Canada.

Nūr al-'ayn, her mother and brother departed from their home village in mid-March 1912 before travelling to Marseille, France via Beirut and onward to Cherbourg. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number £2678 which cost £15, 4s, 11d). Travelling with them were a number of others from their locality, including Kātrīn Yūsuf, née Rizq, and her two young children and Bākhūs Rafūl-Būlus.

Nūr al-'ayn Būlus, her mother and brother were lost in the sinking. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK

Notes
  1. Sometimes listed as "Laura Boulos"
References and Sources
Leila Salloum Elias (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers. Atlas, ISBN
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