Reporters from Baltimore’s daily newspapers converged at the home of William Stewart Polk on April 15, 1912. His daughter, Lucile, was aboard the Titanic and reported missing.
It would take a few days for the telegram with news of her survival to reach the Polk home at the northwest corner of St. Paul and 29th streets in today’s Charles Village. The wireless message said, “On board S.S. Carpathia.” Newspaper accounts praised her bravery for pulling the oars in a lifeboat where she accompanied her two children, who were also saved. Her husband, separated and in another lifeboat, also survived. The Polks were among the weathy, first-class passengers on the ship. They sailed with their servants.
Lucile Polk (born in Baltimore in 1875) married Philadelphia socialite William E. Carter in 1896 at the old Franklin Street Presbyterian Church. Society writers commented on her fashion style and her gala parties at Newport, R.I., where she had a summer home. At one of her dress balls, all the guests dressed as infants. She and Carter later divorced. She then married George Brooke, a steel manufacturer and banker. She died in 1934.