New Exhibits at Titanic Experience Cobh
Margaret Norton was born in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Her mother, Mary died young and her father emigrated to America after her death. Margaret married Englishman, William Rice in 1898, in Athlone. They had five children, Albert, George, Eric, Arthur and Eugene.
Margaret and her five sons were due to return home to Spokane in May 1912, but instead she choose to sail a month earlier onboard Titanic. They left from Queenstown on the tender ‘America’ and boarded Titanic as third class passengers. Unfortunately Margaret and all her children were lost in the sinking. Her story is one of the most poignant and tragic stories of all the Queenstown passengers. Her story is remembered on the Titanic memorial here in Cobh. The monument is dedicated to all the Irish passengers lost in the sinking.
Out of the $6.500 that Margaret received, her brother and sister only received $200 each in compensation. On the night of the sinking she had $2.500 on her person. The rest it though to have gone to paying off her outstanding debts. The Rice family’s story is the most tragic story of all the Irish families onboard. Margaret and her children became known as the Titanic six who never came home.