THE BURNING OF THE 'VOLTURNO' - PAGE 94
THE S. S. SEYDLITZ - PAGE 2
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DATA ABOUT SPECIFIC PASSENGERS RESCUED BY SEYDLITZ
'Kirilo Krilenki', was a Volturno passenger who was landed in Philadelphia by Seydlitz as you can see by accessing the Ellis Island manifest data here. 17 years of age & listed as a farmer, from a place in Russia named Chadowitz, with Brantford in Connecticut as his destination. Kirile (rather than Kirilo) Krilenki later changed his name to Carl Krivenki, I learn.
Mr. Jerry Stevens, Carl's grandson, has prepared a web site available here. It is interesting to note that Jerry's own son Eric has Carl as his middle name in honour of Jerry's grandfather.
Jerry advises us that Carl settled in Cleveland & worked for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors for many years. Jerry's mother says that he said little about his Volturno experience, only noting that the ship caught fire and he was lucky to survive it. He became a U.S. citizen in Feb. 1941. He married Mary (Maria Pikula) Homer who was from Szuhakora according to her passenger record aboard the Kaiser Wilhelm II. That may refer to Sucha Hora, Slovakia. Carl & Mary had 4 children. Carl John was born in 1919 & died within days of his birth. John, born in 1920, served in World War II & died in 1992. Jerry's mother Anne was born in 1922, & now lives in Oro Valley Arizona. Carl Joseph, was born in 1933 & still lives in Ohio near Cleveland. All were married & all had children except for John who never married.
Carl died on October 31, 1974. And here he is, photographed later in his life.
Jerry adds that there are others named on the passenger manifests that he now thinks were travelling with Kirilo (Carl). Konstantin Bohutzky, also 17 like my grandfather, is listed on this manifest as being from Hatovitch. He was landed via the Grosser Kurfürst. My grandfather's manifest listing shows Chadowitz. Also there is Iwan Cherniovski, also landed via Seydlitz, age 28, from Hartivicz. My aunt says all three were cousins. We figure that Chadowitz, Hatovitch & Hartivicz all represent the same place. A current Google Earth search shows a Hatavičy, Belarusa. Now Belarusa is still closely tied to Russia & was part of Russia in 1913 so it's quite possible.
Iwan Cherniovski is thought to have returned home. Konstantin Bohutzky is said to have been best man at Carl's wedding. There exists a photo, of which I only have a photocopy, of him in 1921 holding my Uncle John when he was an infant. My aunt said Konstantin became ill & died young.
TEPE - BEILE, ELLEK & SURKE
There is extensive information available elsewhere on this site about the three members of the Tepper family, rescued by Seydlitz. Indeed, Surke Tepper, manifested as Surke Tepe, (and incorrectly manifested as a boy!), was to the best of collective knowledge, the last surviving person involved in the Volturno disaster. I direct you to site page 02 where you can, in fact, see an image of Surke when she attained the age of 99 on Sep. 8, 2005. She made it to a century! Two other members of the Tepper family (Surke's mother & sister) were rescued by the Czar & arrived later in New York aboard the Campanello.
ANOTHER SEYDLITZ POSTCARD
A postcard which has come up for sale a number of times on e-Bay. A Sep. 2005 such item sold for U.S. $7.50 with the vendor dating the card to 1935. Which is a puzzle because the vessel was in fact scrapped in 1933. The words on the back of the card read: NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN and Doppelschraubendampfer "Seydlitz" - as you can see below in the bottom strip. My copy, scanned below, was not quite as costly.
From time to time images just arrive, unannounced, in my e-mail in-box. Such was the case with the three next images kindly provided by Rodolfo E. Knipp of Misiones, Argentina. The first image is, I understand, of musicians on the Seydlitz taken on a 1924 voyage from Bremen to Argentina. 'Rodolfo', I thank you. For all three images, now.
And next the image at the top of a Seydlitz 3rd Class menu, with a date of Friday, Mar. 14, 1924. A lunch menu, I believe. Probably, in view of the image source, from a voyage from Bremen to Argentina.
And an image (a part of a larger original) of what is believed to be three passengers aboard Seydlitz in 1924. Also, most probably taken on a voyage from Bremen to Argentina.
A wonderful group of images of Seydlitz, kindly provided by Karl-heinz Möcker, of Goslar, Lower Saxony, Germany.
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This page will, hopefully, track data about the Seydlitz as it comes to hand. And hopefully data as it specifically relates to the Volturno tragedy.
If any visitor can clarify (or correct) or provide more information about any of these matters, I would welcome their help.
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