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Patrick Lane

Patrick Lane
Patrick Lane

Mr Patrick Lane was born in Pallaskenry (in Irish, Pailís Chaonraí), Co Limerick, Ireland on 1 March 1896.

Hailing from a Roman Catholic household, he was the son of James Lane (b. circa 1860), a factory labourer, and his wife Margaret Costelloe (b. 1873), Limerick natives who had married on 9 October 1890 in St Michael's Church, Limerick City. 

One of eight children born to his family by 1912, Patrick's known siblings were: Bridget (b. 14 December 1892), Michael (b. 29 September 1898), Mary Kate (b. 2 February 1901), Teresa (b. 13 October 1906) and James (b. 29 March 1910).

Patrick, or Paddy, as he was better known, appears with his family on the 1901 census living at house 24 in Pallaskenry. The family later moved to Limerick City around 1905 and appear on the 1911 census living at 3 Clare Street and Patrick, aged 15, had already left school and was working as an assistant in a marine store.

Travelling to West 45th Street, Manhattan, Paddy boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Co Cork as a third class passenger (ticket number 7935, which cost him £7, 15s), describing himself as an agricultural labourer aged 17. He was travelling under the care of fellow Limerick-native and family friend Nellie O'Dwyer who, as a resident of Brooklyn, had prior experience of traversing the Atlantic.

Following the disaster Nellie O'Dwyer related to the Brooklyn Daily Times that during the evacuation Paddy reportedly dropped to his knees in prayer on deck before circulating among the crowd asking for a priest before crossing to the other side of the ship, after which she never saw him again. 

Patrick Lane died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His estate, worth a meagre £20, was administered to his father James on 11 April 1913.

Two years after his death, on 18 March 1914, Patrick's parents welcomed a daughter, Margaret. The family remained in Limerick where his mother died on 11 February 1957. His father continued to rally before his death on 14 September 1959 aged 99.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society


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  1. James Gardner

    James Gardner

    Howdy, my name is James Gardner and I live in Phoenix Arizona. My great uncle was Patrick Lane of Limerick Ireland. Do you know where I can find more information about him? Thanks.

  2. Dave Gittins

    James, Encyclopedia Titanica has only this about him. "Mr Patrick Lane, 20, was a resident of Limerick City, Co Limerick, Ireland. He was heading to New York City and boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 7935, £7 15s). Patrick Lane died in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified." You may find more in a recent book called The Irish Aboard Titanic by Senan Molony. Senan is an Irish journalist and has combed local records very thoroughly.

  3. Inger Sheil

    There is an entry for Patrick Lane in Senan's book, James - you might want to get ahold of the book or contact the author. Nellie O'Dwyer, also from Limerick City, is quoted in the Brooklyn Daily Times as having discussed 'Poor Paddy Lane', and the Limerick Chronicle for 23 April 1912 reported a communication from the White Star Agents in Limerick regarding his loss.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Patrick Lane
Age: 16 years 1 month and 14 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
Ticket No. 7935, £7 15s
Destination: West 45th Street Manhattan, New York, United States
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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