Wallasey News, Saturday, June 13th,
The Lost Stewardesses
Only one of the ten stewardesses employed on the Empress
of Ireland escaped with her life, among those lost being Miss Ethel
Dinwoodie, of 32 Church Street, Egremont, and Mrs Leders, a widow, of 25, Duke
Street, New Brighton.
The sole survivor, Mrs Helena Hollis, of Liverpool, rushed
on deck clad only in a night-dress. Miss Dinwoodie and another stewardess
accompanied her, and all three plunged into the water as the liner heeled over.
They endeavoured to keep together, but were drawn down by the suction and thus
were separated. Mrs Hollis is inclined to ascribe the sad fate of Miss
Dinwoodie, who was a swimmer, to the fact that she was hampered by having put on
a couple of coats.
“All around us,” says the survivor, “was a mass of
struggling people and a great quantity of wreckage which hindered us from
swimming clear away. After a minute or two I saw Miss Dinwoodie sink and this
time she did not come up. It is a pity she put on those two coats.”