People on board
Maureen was born in 1897 at Mount Verdon Terrace, Ballintemple, Cork, to John J. Waters, a Wine and Spirit Merchant, and Elizabeth Lynch. She was the second youngest of seven children, and though younger, was friendly with Cora England and her family. She was at school in the 1911 census.
Maureen wrote a very detailed and vivid account of the events to her parents, which was published in the Cork Examiner. She recounted how she and Lilian Barry were on deck, where they met Cora and her husband Louis Daly, while Josephine Carr stayed below. Maureen, Cora and Lilian got a place in a lifeboat and were rescued, as eventually was Louis Daly, but Josephine died and her body was never found. Maureen returned to Cork, but it is not known how she spent the rest of her life. Her death in 1973 in Bishopstown, Cork, was reported in the newspaper, as was her will, in which she left over £25,000 to her sister Esther.
Photos courtesy of Robin Blake.