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TITANIC BIOGRAPHIES - MAY

Something to Crow About

  Percy Cornelius Taylor
 

Left to right Marie Young, Ella White
and Ella's niece Mrs Harry S. Durand
©Michael A. Findlay/Harry Durand Jr., USA

You’ve probably heard stories about the ten, dear dogs that were on Titanic, but I’ll bet you didn’t know there were chickens on board, too.  They weren’t your ordinary, barnyard birds of course, not on Titanic! These were rare and exotic French roosters and hens, the very symbol of French national pride.

This elegant brood belonged to widow Ella White, 55, and her traveling companion Marie Grice Young, 36.  The two women  purchased the birds while touring the continent with a maid and man servant. They were returning to Ella’s family home, Briarcliff Manor and Farm in New York, where they planned to raise the colorful foul. 

Personality wise, these two women were as different as night and day.  Ella was brash and aggressive, while Marie was soft-spoken and artistic - she was once music instructor to President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Ethel.  When Ella injured her ankle, it fell to kind-hearted Marie to look after her and to mind the chickens nesting in the ship’s kennel.

It became a  happy, daily routine for Marie to visit the birds in their “D” deck coop, always accompanied by Titanic’s 26-year-old carpenter, John Hutchinson, who, by the way, also looked after the welfare of Titanic’s ten dogs. Checking on the chicks gave Marie a chance to explore the work-a-day world aboard ship and to report her findings to Ella.

On the night before Titanic struck the iceberg, 2nd Class passenger Nellie Hocking was shocked to hear a cock crowing between sunset and midnight and that, according to folklore, signaled impending disaster.  Well, you know what happened next, but before the sinking Marie had tipped the young Mr. Hutchinson with some gold coins, to which he exclaimed, “It’s such good luck to receive gold on a first voyage.”  Sadly, his luck, along with that of his feathered and furry wards, ran out when Titanic went down.

Marie and Ella, however survived, maintaining their relationship for 30 more years.  When Ella died, Marie inherited the majority of her estate. 


1
1st Class Passenger
William Thomson Sloper
Died 1955
2
1st Class Passenger
Mary Aline Holverson
Died 1918
3
2nd Class Passenger
Henry Samuel Morley
Born 1873
4
1st Class Passenger
Gladys Cherry Pringle
Died 1965
5
1st Class Passenger
Anna Louisa Hogeboom
Born 1860
6
3rd Class Passenger
Lillian Gertrud Asplund
Died 2006
7
1st Class Passenger
Hudson Trevor Allison
Born 1911
8
2nd Class Passenger
Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett
Died 1941
9
2nd Class Passenger
Ada Hall Ball
Born 1875
10
1st Class Maid
Rosalie Bidois
Born 1865
11
1st Class Passenger
William Bertram Greenfield
Born 1888
12
4th Officer
Harold Godfrey Lowe
Died 1944
13
1st Class Passenger
Walter Miller Clark
Born 1884
14
Carpathia Captain
Arthur Henry Rostron
Born 1869
15
3rd Class Passenger
Margaret Mannion Hopkins
Died 1970
16
1st Class Passenger
Charles Melville Hays
Born 1856
17
1st Class Passenger
Dorothy Winifred Gibson
Born 1889
18
3rd Class Passenger
Latifa Qurban Baclini
Born 1888
19
Lookout
Reginald Robinson Lee
Born 1870
20
3rd Class Passenger
Bella Shapiro Moore
Born 1882
21
1st Class Passenger
Abraham Lincoln Salomon
Died 1959
22
3rd Class Passenger
Thomas James Everett
Born 1872
23
1st Class Passenger
Emma Mock Schabert
Born 1876
24
1st Class Passenger
Jakob Birnbaum
Born 1887
25
Steward
Sidney Edward Daniels
Died 1983
26
2nd Class Passenger
Marion Wright
Born 1885
27
2nd Class Passenger
Elizabeth Ramell Nye
Born 1882
28
2nd Class Passenger
Marie Marthe Jerwan
Born 1888
29
1st Class Nurse
Elizabeth Margaret Burns
Died 1921
30
1st Class Passenger
Karl Howell Behr
Born 1885
31
Asst. A La Carte Waiter
Battista Allaria
Born 1889

 
 
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