Minnie Mason, ship's stewardess

A stewardess aboard aboard the cross-channel ferries during WW1

Minnie Mason was my great-grandmother and she was by all accounts ‘a tough cookie’. She was born Mary Joseph [sic] Devereux on 24 May 1872, in Johnstown, Waterford, the daughter of a merchant, James Devereux. She joined the Mercantile Marine about 1896 as a stewardess and worked on the cross-channel ferries until her death in 1927. Through her work she met and married Joseph Mason, a ship’s stewar…