Baby born aboard steamship St. Louis, named St. Louis

SS St. Louis
SS St. Louis

On July 8, 1895, a steerage passenger aboard the steamship St. Louis (traveling from Southampton to New York) gave birth to a baby boy.

The passenger, Marie Sillanpau*, named her son St. Louis “in honor of the ship.”

(She was also given a gift of $69.50, collected from the saloon passengers.)


*Her surname may have actually been the Finnish Sillanpää.

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