|Death: ||Sep. 8, 1934|
VICTIM OF THE S.S. MORRO CASTLE FIRE.
Mrs. Bessie Perlmann was traveling with her friends, Miss Estelle Chesler and Miss Bessie Weinrub.
They were awakened by running and shouting in the hall outside of their cabin. The three women went upstairs without taking their life jackets, and could not find any. They attempted to reach the lifeboats but were driven back by flames.
A crewman "with an English accent" gave them a Morro Castle life ring, and the ship's gym instructor advised them to throw the ring into the water first, and then jump down to it.
The women remained on the fantail until the deck behind them ignited, at which point they jumped together, holding the lifering. Upon impact with the water, it slammed upward and likely killed Mrs. Perlmann by breaking her neck. She lay across the ring, with her head under water, and her friends watched a woman who they did not know let go of a lifeline and immediately swim to Mrs. Perlmann. The woman struggled to raise Bessie out of the water, and then a wave broke over them and both women were gone.
Miss Chesler and Miss Weinrub both survived.
[Biography by Jim Kalafus]
Created by: Dan Scott
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
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