Just as an extra after yesterdays post about the wreck of the Loch Ard I am posting these articles about the eventual fates of the two survivors, Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce.
After the wreck Eva spent 6 weeks recovering in a nearby farmhouse and then, amazingly, got on another ship and returned home. She eventually married and became Eva Townshend.
When asked why she and Tom didn’t marry she reportedly said that it was because Tom was engaged to another at the time, although he offered to end the engagement and marry her she refused. The additional, and even better reason she gave for not marrying him was that they had nothing in common. So much for the traditional fairy story ‘happily ever after’ ending! 😉
Tom Pearce died in Ireland in 1909, a Captain for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, still deservedly recognized as a hero.