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Margaret Craigie

Margaret Craigie

About Margaret

Mrs Margaret Craigie was born on the Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland in 1875. Very little is known about her life. 

She was a professional stewardess on the transatlantic crossing. Her usual ship was the Anchor Liner SS Cameronia and she engaged on her as a stewardess at Glasgow on 15 April 1915. However the British Admiralty requisitioned the Cameronia for war use as a troop ship at the end of April 1915 and on 1 May 1915 nine crew members not needed for the ship's new role, (stewards, stewardesses and a matron) were transferred to the Lusitania.

These included Stewardess Craigie who transferred to serve as a stewardess in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania for her fateful, final voyage.

Out of 19 stewardesses who sailed from New York on 1 May 1915 only six survived and Mrs Craigie was very fortunate to be one of these six.

According to Cunard and other records of the time, especially the crew list and lists of survivors, Margaret Craigie was described as being Mrs M Craigie. However it is possible that she was unmarried and if she was married, the identity of her husband is not known.

Stewardess Craigie continued to work on transatlantic liners until at least 1928.


New York Passenger Lists, 1820 – 1957, Cunard Records, UniLiv. D92/6/1.

Margaret Craigie



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