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 Eleanor C. Brennan

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Eleanor C. Brennan

VICTIM OF THE S.S. MORRO CASTLE FIRE.

Eleanor Brennan, 36 years old. 2847 Briggs Avenue, Bronx, Eleanor Brennan was a farm girl from Carmel, NY, who had to leave school to raise her siblings after her mother died. whn the children wre old enough to be self-sufficient, Miss Brennan took a job in Macy's Herald Square, andworked her way up. By 1934 she was a head buyer, and lived on Briggs Avenue in the Bronx.

Miss Brennan hosted a stateroom party on the night of the fire, and among her guests were Miss Agnes Berry (lost) Miss Helen Brody, Father Raymond Egan and his traveling companion Louis Perrine, and Mrs. Mary Robinson and her teenaged daughter, Lucille. All of the survivors were circumspect enough in their depositions to say that "beverages" were served; Father Egan identified them as Highballs.

Miss Brennan phoned in an order for more sandwiches around 3:00 AM, and what they THOUGHT was the room service delivery around 3:25 was instead someone who began callng out "fire" after pounding on the cabin door.

Miss Brennan did not take her life jacket when she fled aft, along with her guests. She jumped overboard into the storm without one, and when one of her guests found her an hour later she was in terrible condition from exhaustion and exposure. She sobbed to herself, and muttered "I'm not going to make it" several times.

Miss Brennan died just as a rescue boat arrive to pick her up.

[By Jim Kalafus]


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  • Created by: Dan Scott
  • Added: 6 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46382127
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor C. Brennan (1896–8 Sep 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46382127, citing Saint Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Dan Scott (contributor 46822685) .