Marie Grice Young
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About Marie Grice Young
- Name: Miss Marie Grice Young
- Born: Wednesday 5th January 1876
- Age: 36 years
- Last Residence: in New York City New York United States
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 17760 , £135 12s 8d
- Cabin No.: C32
- Rescued (boat 8)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Monday 27th July 1959
Miss Marie Grice Young, 36, from New York, NY, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg. Travelling as a first class passenger she shared cabin C-32 with Mrs J. S. White. They jointly held Ticket No. PC 17760 (£135, 12s, 8d)
Marie was returning to Washington D.C. where she had once lived. She was an accomplished musician and was once employed as music instructor to Miss Ethel Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.
During the voyage Miss Young made the acquaintence of carpenter/joiner John Hutchinson. Miss Young was returning to America with some expensive poultry. Each day Hutchinson took her below to check on the chickens. As a reward for his kindness Miss Young tipped him with some gold coins, Hutchinson was very grateful, and exclaimed, It's such good luck to receive gold on a first voyage.
Miss Young was rescued in lifeboat 8. While on board the Carpathia she began a narrative of the sinking which was later published in the National Magazine.
Ms. Young spent her last days in a rest home in Amsterdam, New York and died 27 July 1959, at the age of 83.
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
- Miss Nellie Mayo Bessette
- Mr Sante Righini
- Mrs Ella White
References and Sources
- National Magazine, October 1912, Narrative
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- New York Times, 29 July 1959, page 29, column 3, Obituary
- George Behe, USA
- Michael A.Findlay, USA
- Jeffrey Kern, USA
- Brian Ticehurst, UK
- Arthur Merchant, USA
by Randy Bryan Bigham
"Fifty-five year old Ella White, the wealthy widow of a Manhattan businessman, was short and stout with an outspoken, often brash personality. Her companion, Marie Grice Young, 36, tall, slim and soft-spoken, was a music teacher from Washington. The pair shared Ella’s family home, Briarcliff Manor and Farm in New York, spent summers at their cottage in New Hampshire, and often traveled abroad together, collecting art and Russian and Asian antiques. Concluding a vacation in England and France, where they had purchased poultry for their farm, the ladies joined Titanic at Cherbourg, accompanied by Ella’s maid and manservant. Ella twisted her ankle while boarding and was placed under the care of the ship’s doctor, who confined her to her cabin. On the night of April 14, her trusty walking stick enabled her to get on deck, although she couldn’t climb the stairs and had to take the elevator. There she boarded a lifeboat (No. 8, the first to be launched from the port side of the ship), accompanied by her maid and Marie; Ella’s manservant was lost in the disaster. Ella felt helpless in the lifeboat, being unable to row with the others. Her contribution was to try and signal the ship whose lights could be seen nearby, using her cane, which had an electric light in the tip. Ella later testified at the American Inquiry into the Titanic’s sinking, sparing no criticism for the crew in her lifeboat, whom she said were inept and rude. After the tragedy, Ella and Marie resumed their life together at Briarcliff and continued traveling and collecting. On Ella’s death the bulk of her estate was left to Marie for life".
- Randy Bryan Bigham