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|Bliss, Mrs Emma||15?||15?||3.69|
From The Daily Mirror, April 30th 1912 page 4"
"Mrs Bliss, of London, who went with over seventy other persons in Boat 15 told me; 'Mrs Wallis, a steerage matron, came out to see two boats away, and said to me, “I am not going on that boat. The ship is safer than that,” and I saw her go into her cabin and lock her door.
I believe that a great many women passengers did the same thing, or never left their cabins at all.
Mrs Snape, a pretty little second-cabin stewardess, only just over twenty years old, who was making her first voyage, also refused to go on the boat. She was very popular with the passengers. She had left a little baby at home, and had been obliged to do something to earn her living after her husband died. She was a mere child.
As she fastened the lifebelts on her passengers she wished them good-bye, and later she told some of the stewardesses that she did not expect to see them again.'"
There were a number of points of discussion relating to Mrs Bliss.
The first was that she told the Toronto Daily Star, April 16th 1939, that she recognised Sergeant John Collins, then one of the ship’s firemen, at the rudder of her boat. It has been established that this man was Samuel Collins, a fireman, who later lived in Toronto, and who met with Mrs Bliss at a reunion of Titanic survivors. Yet Collins left the Titanic in lifeboat 1. Since the identity of everyone in lifeboat 1 is known, it is not possible that Mrs Bliss was in this boat.
In which case, Mrs Bliss was in a boat where a fireman took the tiller. This happened at two boats, numbers 13 and 15 on the starboard side. In boat 13 Frederick Barrett took the tiller, while in boat 15, Frank Dymond took charge.
In 1939 Mrs Bliss said of the fireman, "He was at the rudder and had only a pair of overalls and a thin cotton vest on. There was a lady, well wrapped up with a fur coat over her arm. I asked her to give it to Mr. Collins, and she did, but he didn't keep it long. There was a woman with just a nightgown on and when Sgt. Collins saw her, he immediately gave her the coat." It is known that an incident such as Mrs Bliss described was mentioned by Lawrence Beesley in his lengthy account of the disaster. Beesley was in lifeboat 13. However, Frederick Dent Ray (also rescued in #13) at the American Inquiry page 805 stated that “ There were no waitresses or stewardesses on our boat at all, sir.”
The group felt that there was a margin of error which should be factored in, and that it was possible that Mrs Bliss was in lifeboat 13 or lifeboat 15, though we felt 15 was more likely.