Carolina P. Andersdotter was born in Sweden in 1861. At some time, she had emigrated to the United States of America and found employment in Malden, Massachusetts, as a domestic servant. She was married.
In early 1915, she decided to return to her native land and consequently booked third class passage on the May sailing of the
Lusitania from New York to Liverpool, on the main part of her journey.
Leaving Malden at the end of April, she arrived at the Cunard berth at Pier 54 in New York harbour on the morning of 1st May 1915 in time for the liner’s scheduled 10.00 a.m. sailing. The liner’s departure was delayed until the early afternoon as she had to embark passengers, crew and cargo from the Anchor Lines vessel the S.S. Cameronia, which had been requisitioned for war use as a troop ship by the British Admiralty.
She finally left port just after noon and six days later, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20 within sight of the coast of southern Ireland and only hours away from her home port.
Caroline Andersdotter was killed as a result of this action and as her body was never recovered from the sea and identified later, she has no known grave. She was aged 54 years.
Cunard Records, Deaths at Sea 1871 – 1968, PRO BT 100/345, Graham Maddocks.
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