About Mary Bourke
Sister of John Bourke of Carrowskehine; age on the 1901 Census, 25 years. Local lore says John Bourke bought a new spade that Spring, to put down a crop, but changed his mind and decided to emigrate with his wife and sister to the New World. It has also been said that his wife and sister were in a lifeboat and when they saw that John was to be left behind they returned to the ship and were lost.
- Name: Miss Mary Bourke
- Born: June 1871
- Age: 40 years
- Last Residence: in Carrowskehine Ireland
- 3rd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
- Ticket No. 364848 , £7 15s
- Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Miss Mary Bourke, 25, sister to John Bourke and daughter of William Bourke and Mary O'Boyle, boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 364848, £7, 15s). She purchased her ticket from Thomas Durcan of Castlebar. She was travelling from Carrowskehine, Co Mayo to Chicago, Illinois with her brother John and sister-in-law Catherine. Mary was one of a group travelling from the Co Mayo area (see Katherine McGowan).
On the night of the sinking Mary, her brother and sister-in-law managed to make their way to the Boat Deck after her brother and Patrick Canavan discovered a ladder taking them to a higher deck. Indeed, Mary and Catherine were seated in lifeboat 16 but when they saw that John was to remain behind they relinquished their seats and rejoined him on deck. Mary refused to leave her brother and, subsequently, she lost her life in the disaster. Her body, if recovered, has never been identified.
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
- Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society