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Perished on the Titanic/ John Meehan age 22 from Sligo,Ireland
Posted by: maureen bruen (ID *****2834) Date: April 16, 2012 at 05:13:47
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The Sligo Champion Newspaper published Wednesday April 11th 2012/Centenary of sinking of the Titanic

Name John Meehan
from Curry
age 22
John Meehan [22] of Currowhunane,Curry,Co Sligo boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger[ticker number AQ/4 3130,7,15s]. His destination was Patterson,New Jersey. He died in the disaster. His body,if recovered,has never been identified.
From the American Red Cross report on aid to the victims,published in 1913: No, 304.[Irish]Young man,21years of age,was drowned,leaving dependant Parents in Ireland. This Committee gave emergency help and referred the case to the English Committee,which later made a appropriation of 80[$100]
Folklore in his district says that John Meehan was a powerful swimmer and 'a big strong fellow' but the Atlantic in April is altogether different from the cool of the Moy in July or August. John's siblings Margaret,Bridget,Nora and Tom all emigrated to Chicago.
There appears to be some doubt cast as to whether John Meehan was actually on the Titanic at all.
The Chicago Daily News of Friday,April 19th 1912 carried the following report under the heading 'Boy Fails to Take Ship':
After searching the list of survivors in vain for the name of her brother, Miss Mary Meehan,4458 Drexel Boulevard,was overjoyed last night when she received a cablegram from her Mother in Ireland saying that the boy had not sailed on the Titanic.
However,the census of 1901 recorded John Meehan of Curry's elder sister as being named Bridget and Margaret, with no Mary in the family.Also,the fact that the non-sailor is referred to as a 'boy' would not seem to tally with John Meehan's age of 22

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