Mahala Douglas (Dutton) (1864 - 1945) MP

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Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Death: Died in Pasadena, CA, USA
Cause of death: Heart Failure.
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Mrs Walter Donald Douglas (Mahala Dutton), 48, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Deephaven, MN, USA boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her husband Mr Walter Donald Douglas and her French maid Berthe LeRoy. Travelling as first class passengers, they occupied cabin C-86.

After the collision, as the lifeboats were loaded Mahala begged her husband to come with her but he refused saying it would make him 'less than a man.' or 'No, I must be a gentleman.'

Mahala and Ms LeRoy escaped the sinking ship in Lifeboat 2. After several hours adrift, during which Mrs Douglas handled the boats tiller, they drew along side the rescue ship Carpathia. As they did so Mrs Douglas supposedly screamed.'The ship is gone, All of them are gone.' or 'The Titanic has gone down with everyone on board' before being silenced by Fourth Officer Boxhall.

After the disaster Mrs Douglas testified at the American Senate inquiry.

"We dined in the restaurant, going in about 8 o’clock....As we went to our stateroom...we both remarked that the boat was going faster than she ever had. The vibration...was very noticeable.

"The shock of the collision was not great to us; the engines stopped, then went on for a few moments, then stopped again. We waited some little time, Mr Douglas reassuring me that there was no danger before going out of the cabin. But later Mr Douglas went out to see what had happened, and I put on my heavy boots and fur coat to go up on deck later. I waited in the corridor to see and hear what I could. We received no orders; no one knocked at our door; we saw no officers nor stewards—no one to give an order or answer our questions.

"Now people commenced to appear with life preservers, and I heard from some one that the order had been given to put them on. I took three from our cabin, gave one to the maid, telling her to get off in the small boat when her turn came.

"Mr Douglas [and I]...went up on the boat deck. Mr Douglas told me if I waited we might both go together, and we stood there waiting. We heard that the boat was in communication with three other boats by wireless: we watched the distress rockets sent off—they rose high in the air and burst.

"No one seemed excited. Finally, as we stood by a collapsible boat lying on the deck and an emergency boat swinging from the davits was being filled, it was decided I should go....I asked Mr Douglas to come with me, but he replied, ‘No, I must be a gentleman," turning away...

"The rowing was very difficult, for no one knew how....Several times we stopped rowing to listen for the lapping of the water against the icebergs.

"In an incredibly short space of time, it seemed to me, the boat sank. I heard no explosion. I watched the boat go down, and the last picture to my mind is the immense mass of black against the starlit sky, and then—nothingness."

Mahala continued to life at her mansion by Lake Minnetonka until her death in 1945 aged 81. She, is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, alongside her husband. -------------------- Name: Mrs Mahala Douglas (née Dutton)

Born: Tuesday 26th January 1864

Age: 48 years

Last Residence: in Minneapolis Minnesota United States

1st Class passenger

First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912

Ticket No. 17761 , £106 8s 6d

Cabin No.: C86

Rescued (boat 2)

Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

Died: Saturday 21st April 1945

Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease

Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery Cedar Rapids Iowa United States

Mrs Walter Donald Douglas (Mahala Dutton), 48, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Deephaven, MN, USA boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her husband Mr Walter Donald Douglas and her French maid Berthe LeRoy. Travelling as first class passengers, they occupied cabin C-86.

After the collision, as the lifeboats were loaded Mahala begged her husband to come with her but he refused saying it would make him 'less than a man.' or 'No, I must be a gentleman.'

Mahala and Ms LeRoy escaped the sinking ship in Lifeboat 2. After several hours adrift, during which Mrs Douglas handled the boats tiller, they drew along side the rescue ship Carpathia. As they did so Mrs Douglas supposedly screamed.'The ship is gone, All of them are gone.' or 'The Titanic has gone down with everyone on board' before being silenced by Fourth Officer Boxhall.

After the disaster Mrs Douglas testified at the American Senate inquiry.

"We dined in the restaurant, going in about 8 o’clock....As we went to our stateroom...we both remarked that the boat was going faster than she ever had. The vibration...was very noticeable.

"The shock of the collision was not great to us; the engines stopped, then went on for a few moments, then stopped again. We waited some little time, Mr Douglas reassuring me that there was no danger before going out of the cabin. But later Mr Douglas went out to see what had happened, and I put on my heavy boots and fur coat to go up on deck later. I waited in the corridor to see and hear what I could. We received no orders; no one knocked at our door; we saw no officers nor stewards—no one to give an order or answer our questions.

"Now people commenced to appear with life preservers, and I heard from some one that the order had been given to put them on. I took three from our cabin, gave one to the maid, telling her to get off in the small boat when her turn came.

"Mr Douglas [and I]...went up on the boat deck. Mr Douglas told me if I waited we might both go together, and we stood there waiting. We heard that the boat was in communication with three other boats by wireless: we watched the distress rockets sent off—they rose high in the air and burst.

"No one seemed excited. Finally, as we stood by a collapsible boat lying on the deck and an emergency boat swinging from the davits was being filled, it was decided I should go....I asked Mr Douglas to come with me, but he replied, ‘No, I must be a gentleman," turning away...

"The rowing was very difficult, for no one knew how....Several times we stopped rowing to listen for the lapping of the water against the icebergs.

"In an incredibly short space of time, it seemed to me, the boat sank. I heard no explosion. I watched the boat go down, and the last picture to my mind is the immense mass of black against the starlit sky, and then—nothingness."

Mahala continued to life at her mansion by Lake Minnetonka until her death in 1945 aged 81. She, is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, alongside her husband.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

Mr Walter Donald Douglas

Miss Berthe Leroy

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Mahala Douglas's Timeline

1864
January 26, 1864
Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
1945
April 21, 1945
Age 81
Pasadena, CA, USA
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