|Death: ||Sep. 8, 1934|
VICTIM OF THE S.S. MORRO CASTLE FIRE.
Buffalo, New York. Husband, Dr. James Borrell (1891-1939) who survived the fire.
Dr. and Mrs. Henrietta Borrell. The Borrells had left Buffalo for a spontaneous vacation, driving to the Biltmore Hotel in NYC. They were not sure if they wanted to spend a week driving thru scenic New England, or on a cruise, or simply sightseeing in Manhattan. They chose a Havana cruise.
The last time Dr. Borrell saw his wife alive was at the stern railing of the Morro Castle. Henrietta was afraid to jump into the storm, and urged her husband to jump first so that he could watch her fall, from in the water, and then swim to her. He urged her to jump first, because he could then aim his own leap as close to where she came to the surface as possible. A crewman yelled at them to go overboard and, as it turned out, Henrietta jumped first. Her husband could not find her in the water, and she died of shock and exposure while awaiting rescue.
[By Jim Kalafus]
James H. Borrell (1890 - 1939)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Dan Scott
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46382173