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Re: Tuscania/Otranto Incidents Request for Information Help
Posted by: Patty Mackey (ID *****9144) Date: October 15, 2011 at 03:20:57
In Reply to: Tuscania/Otranto Incidents Request for Information Help by SALLY PROZNIK of 9052

Keep in mind that the Tuscania was sunk over 90 years ago and probably the immediate families of those survivors/casualties are deceased by now. I just found a list of 18 more survivors of the sinking; it also gives the names of Mothers/Fathers/ or whom to notify in cases of an emergency. I think the survivors would be the best way to research, as they lived on to tell the tale and am sure any relatives at that time would remember and pass the stories on, etc.
You should try to find these names in a census, thus obtaining the names of siblings, parents, ages, etc. and trace them one at a time. This article states that 93 were lost in that sinking. Also, the WWI Doughboy site has information, as well as the story of one survivor. I feel you must, at some time, depend upon established research, even though you prefer to do your own research. If those aboard kept diaries, etc, they probably went down with the ship, unless someone kept it on his person, and then, it would have become water-soaked, probably. Letters to their families might help, but not with the casualties, as they didn't live to write about it. Good luck.

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