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Ellen Bird

Ellen Bird

Ellen Bird was a maid to Ida Straus and a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 14, 1912.

Early Life[]

Ellen Bird was born on April 8, 1881 in Norfolk, England.

Titanic[]

She boarded the Titanic in Southampton, United Kingdom and occupied Cabin C97 (ticket number PC 17483). Also travelling with them were Isidor Straus an English manservant John Farthing.

After the Titanic hit the iceberg, Mrs. Straus debated upon whether or not to enter a lifeboat. She handed Ellen some of her jewelry, but then decided to take it back. Ida also gave Ellen her fur coat saying that she would not be needing it. Even after being rescued, Ellen tried to give the fur coat back to the family, specifically to the Straus’ oldest daughter, Sara Straus Hess. She told Ellen to keep it telling her that Ida had given it to her.

Encouraged by her employers, Bird boarded Lifeboat 8 and was saved. Mrs. Straus stayed back to stay with her husband, and both went down with the Titanic.

Bird later boarded the RMS Carpathia to NYC, New York.

Death[]

Ellen died on September 11, 1949, in Newport, Rhode Island from old age.

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