About Sarah Agnes Stap
- Name: Miss Sarah Agnes Stap
- Age: 47 years
- Marital Status: Single.
- Last Residence: in Birkenhead Merseyside England
- Occupation: Stewardess Victualling crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Saturday 27th March 1937
Stewardess: Sarah Agnes Stap , c.46 , was born around 1865 at sea, the daughter of Captain Henry Stap, a master mariner, who at one time worked for the White Star Line.
Sarah Stap had been on the maiden voyage of the Baltic, and Adriatic, and also served on the Celtic, and most recently the Olympic as a nurse.
When Miss Stap signed-on to the Titanic on 9 April 1912 she gave her address as 41 Bidstan avenue, (Cloughton, Birkenhead). She signed on as a first class stewardess although according to her great-nephew Gordon Stap, she was not a stewardess but a ship’s matron. In her position she received monthly wages of £3 10s.
On the night of the sinking Sarah claimed that she owed her survival to a young cabin boy beside her who, when she was told to get into a lifeboat by the crew member in charge of that lifeboat, that there was room for her, she told the young cabin boy that as she was into her thirties and had had her life, he should take her spot. The cabin boy's answer was to simply pick her up, and put her in the lifeboat (#11).
Sarah Agnes Stap died in Birkenhead on Saturday 27 March 1937, aged 72.
Notes 1. She is sometimes listed as "Mrs Strap" 2. When she signed-on to the Titanic she gave her age as 31, her age at death was 72 suggusting that she was in fact about 46 on the Titanic.
References and Sources The Birkenhead Newssaturday, 4 May 1912, Experiences of a Birkenhead Stewardess General Register Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436
Credits Brian Stap Gordon Stap (great-nephew of Sarah Stap) Cameron Bell, Northern Ireland Phillip Gowan, USA Mike Scott-Williams, South Africa
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Birkenhead News (2011) BIRKENHEAD STEWARDESS MISS STAP'S GRAPHIC ACCOUNT OF THE TITANIC DISASTER -------------------- Sarah A. Stap as written by her grandnephew Gordon Stap Updated 3/13/98.
"My great-aunt, Miss Sarah Agnes Stap, served on many of the White Star liners as her father was a Captain with the White Star Line. She was born on one of his ships and shared his love of the sea.
She was, in fact, not a stewardess as is commonly listed. She was on the maiden voyage of the "Baltic", and "Adriatic", and also served on the "Celtic", and "Olympic" as a nurse. She was one of the first to be transferred from the Olympic to the Titanic on which she served as matron.
She owed her survival to a young cabin boy beside her who, when she was told to get into a lifeboat by the crew member in charge of that lifeboat, that there was room for her, she told the young cabin boy that as she was forty years old and had had the best years of her life, he should take her spot. The cabin boy's answer was to simply pick her up, and put her in the lifeboat. She died in 1938".*
So many heroes unknown, "unheralded and unsung".
Extracts from "Titanic - An Illustrated History" as well as personal stories submitted by relatives.
Sarah signed on to the "Titanic" on 9th April 1912, of 41, Bidstan Avenue (Cloughton, Birkenhead), as a First Class Stewardess on a monthly wage of £3 10s.0d, giving her age as 31 years. She joined the ship at Southampton and disembarked from the rescue ship "Carpathia" at New York City Thursday 18th April, 1912.
^ Lifeboat No. 11.
- She died in Birkenhead on Saturday, 27th March, 1937, aged 72 years.
Sarah Agnes Stap's Timeline
August 1, 1864
October 22, 1865
March 27, 1937