The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Toronto Daily Star (Toronto, ON), Sat. Sept. 17, 1949

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That’s Blanche Identify body by Brass Button

Identification of the Noronic disaster’s first victim ended the sad all-night search of Madeline Flood of Cleveland for her friend Blanche Farragher, an insurance employee of Youngtown Ohio.

Combing through downtown hotels, hospitals and emergency shelter and first-aid station. Miss Flood was making frantic inquiries among survivors at the Royal York Hotel. At the same time the body of a woman who jumped from the fifth deck into the water on the west side of the ship was recovered from the water taken to the city morgue.

Hoping to the last that her companion was alive, Miss Flood, almost overcame with grief, finally visited the morgue, She described the clothing her friend was wearing-green skirt fawn shortie coat, black shoes and the buttons.

Before she had even seen the body Miss Flood broke into tears at the word the coat were a particular kind of metal button in the shape of a crown.

"That’s Blanche, Blanche- The poor girl must have been terror stricken and jumped." her friend cried,. Viewing the body she made positive identification.

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Toronto Daily Star (Toronto, ON), Sat. Sept. 17, 1949