Mary Fortune - Titanic First Class Passenger

Mary Fortune was a 60 year old first class passenger traveling home aboard Titanic completing a tour of Europe with her family. She boarded Titanic at Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912, accompanied by her husband Mark Fortune and six of their grown up children, Charles (aged 19), Mabel (aged 23), Alice (aged 24) and Ethel (aged 28). She and her family occupied luxuries cabins C23, 25 and 27 on the starboard side of the ship.

Mary, the daughter of John and Mary MacDougald, was born on 6th May 1851 in Ontario, Canada. Her parents were British, both having been born in Scotland. By the time she sailed aboard Titanic, Mary’s family home had long been in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and she had given birth to eight children, the six of whom accompanied her aboard Titanic, and her two eldest children, Robert (born in 1877) and Clara (born in 1879).

During the sinking of Titanic on 15th April 1912 Mary and her daughters were rescued by leaving the sinking ship in Lifeboat 10, amongst the last to leave Titanic and to arrive at Carpathia, the rescue ship. Her husband and her son were amongst those who were lost in the disaster.

After the death of her husband, Mary did not ever remarry. She died at her home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 8th March 1929. She was laid to rest within a tomb at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

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