VICTIM OF THE S.S. MORRO CASTLE FIRE. Age, 60. Mr. Featherstone's nephew, seven year old Arthur Sheridan was also killed.
Thomas Featherstone accompanied his sister, Betty Sheridan, and nephew, Arthur Sheridan, on the Morro Castle's final voyage. All three lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Featherstone woke his relatives up around 3:30 AM on the morning of the fire. People were running in the hallway beyond their door, and the cabin was already begining to fill up with smoke. Mrs. Sheridan did not have time to fully dress her son before the three were forced, by worsening smoke conditions, to flee aft.
Thomas Featherstone left the Sheridans in order to find an open path to the lifeboats. He returned to them unsuccesful.
Arthur Sheridan began gagging on the thick smoke, so his mother stood him on the fantail railing and held him there. When he began choking again, and Mrs. Sheridan could not breathe inside of the rolling smoke, she waited as long as she could, and then pushed her son overboard. She immediately jumped after him, could not find him in the stormy water, and never knew if her brother had gone over the railing when she did.
When James Sheridan, Betty's husband, found Thomas Featherstone's body, he noted that his brother in law's face was mutilated, and his jaw and head distended. Mr. Featherstone had jumped from the ship without properly bracing his arms, and his life preserver slammed up under his chin and killed him.