File GUN 196, 1033X9 - Letter from Margaret Torrey to 'my dear ones' on board the S.S. 'City of Paris', following an accident to the engine propeller shaft which flooded both engine rooms and paralysed the ship

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GUN 196, 1033X9

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Letter from Margaret Torrey to 'my dear ones' on board the S.S. 'City of Paris', following an accident to the engine propeller shaft which flooded both engine rooms and paralysed the ship

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  • 28 Mar 1890 (Creation)

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(1558-nd [2014])

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Margaret Neville-Rolfe (1853-1946), daughter of Charles Fawcett Neville-Rolfe, married Charles Franklin Torrey (1858-1927) in 1882. Torrey was the son of Franklin Torrey, a celebrated sculptor from Massachusetts who settled in Cararra, Italy, where he exported marble and served as US Consul. Charles Torrey managed the London branch of the Atlantic Transport Line, served as director or manager of various shipping bodies, and had many other business interests.

Charles and Margaret Torrey had three sons: Gerald E.F. Torrey (c 1885-1949), Eustace, and Eric Torrey (1889-1949). G.E.F. married Violet Ethel Rolfe and their daughter was Susan Torrey (c 1917-2001).

Owned the Grade 'A' Dairy Farm at Little Loo, Heacham.

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Margaret describes events including the heroism of the engineer, her fears that the ship would sink, the anxious wait for rescue and their tow into Queenstown, Ireland.

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See also GUN 190 for a letter of 1940 from Everard Gunther, sending items to Gerald [Torrey] including a letter from Margaret Torry from the SS 'City of Paris', 1890, and press cuttings about the incident.

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8a303f8a-ac09-4753-91b2-3c1e0054e598

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Created 04/08/2014 by Drojr. Modified 17/12/2018 by Droip.

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