The White Star official passenger list for the Titanic - revised 6/6/1912
Page E11 top entry reads:
Turja, Miss Anna Sofia - Saved
The Red Cross report says [errors left as is]:
Turja, Miss Anna Sofia.
Saved in Lifeboat number 15. 18 years old.
Of Oulainen, Finland. En route to Astabula, Ohio.
Received $50 from Relief Fund.
Born 20th June 1893. Travelling with the Panulas.
Later became Mrs. Lundi, returned to Finland.
(From the Red Cross Emergency Relief Booklet, 1913)
Case number 460. (Finnish). Girl, 18 years old, injured. ($100).
Anna Turja recalled later; "It was a beautiful ship, exactly like a city. It was so good that it was impossible to make it better. We travelled Third Class. Everything was so fine even in the Third Class."
On Maria Panula: "She cried and said that one of their children had drowned in Finland and would they all drown here now?"
"Seamen were all the time calling 'Women and children first' and when they saw us three girls (Turja and two Finnish girls) they came and brought us ... to a place where they were lowering the lifeboats. He (a seaman) did not ask if we wanted to go, barely lowered us. It was almost full on board and there were not many boats left."
"One heard them a long time afterwards, these moans. But toward the end they were almost like a hymn and then they ended."
"They welcomed us on the Carpathia in a friendly way. We didn't feel at home on the Carpathia. We kept the lifebelts. We spent days on the deck. We thought that it wouldn't go better for us, that something would happen to us. It was an old ship, but it took us back."
"From New York we went to Buffalo. And even on the train people knew that we had been on the Titanic. It was almost like being an object in an exhibition."
"I was not alone but had a woman as company, but she didn't speak Finnish."
"People came who only wanted to shake hands with me for being in such a disaster. It was the biggest disaster at sea that had taken place. At the hospital many rich people came and thought that it was strange that such a poor girl as myself had saved herself when so many other rich folk had died."
"In Finland I was placed on the list of the dead, but I wrote to mother as soon as we arrived. And she wrote that at first she didn't believe it, that they had noted me down as dead. It was difficult to keep talking about it. And if someone had told her that, she wouldn't have believed it".
Thanks to Brian Ticehurst, Southampton, for this information.
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