|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1882|
|Death: ||Sep. 23, 1940|
Titanic Crewman and Survivor. He was the helmsman of the passenger ship RMS Titanic, regarded as the most famous disaster in modern maritime history. He was stationed at the Titanic's wheel at the time of the ship's collision with an iceberg during the liner's maiden Atlantic crossing on April 14th 1912. He escaped the sinking ship after being placed in charge of lifeboat number six by Second Officer Charles Lightoller. He was rescued by the ship Carpathia and arrived in New York City on April 18th 1912. A week later, he was ordered to appear before the United States Senate to give sworn testimony as a material witness to the disaster. Following the Titanic sinking, he continued working in the maritime industry in various low paying and menial jobs, resulting in severe financial difficulties and debts. He spent four years in prison following an unsuccessful murder-suicide attempt against a man he owed money, whom he blamed for a failed business venture. After his release from prison, he returned to a life at sea and died on board the cargo ship English Trader. His final resting place was discovered less than two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.
Note: Grave is unmarked. Shares grave site with two other people.
Aberdeen City, Scotland
Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Oct 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9726235