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Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi

Arcisate, Provincia di Varese, Lombardia, Italy
Death 18 Jun 1974 (aged 92)
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Died in Italy
Memorial ID 100379208 · View Source
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Survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. Pulled into Lifeboat 14 after sinking, Died in Italy per relative

Mr Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi, was born 15 October 1881 in Arcisate, Prov. Varese, Italy. Son of Charles and Josephine Parlatti Portaluppi

A stonemason, he boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket number C.A. 34644, £12, 14s, 9d). He was returning to his home in Milford, NH following a visit to his native Italy.

Portaluppi had retired to bed when the Titanic collided with the iceberg. At first he thought that the ship had reached New York and was docking. He donned a bathrobe and went on deck. There was no panic but he realized that something serious had happened, so he returned to his stateroom and dressed fully. Returning to the deck he saw a half filled lifeboat was being lowered and attempted to jump in, however, according to a newspaper interview, he missed his footing and fell into the water. Other newspapers published somewhat embellished accounts of his escape. The truth is unknown.
Another account:
Many people seem to have slept through the shock of the collision, and the tale told by Emilio Portaluppi, a second cabin passenger, shows that he was first awakened by the explosion of one of the ship's boilers. He hurried up to deck one and strapped on a lifebelt. Following the example of others, he then leapt into the sea, and held on to an icefloe, with the help of which he managed to keep afloat until he was seen by those in the lifeboats and rescued.
The Times, April 20, 1912

Another Account:
According to his published account, Portaluppi swam for about two hours and as dawn broke he was picked up by lifeboat 14 under the command of Fifth Officer Lowe. He was one of only four people rescued by the returning boat, around them lay hundreds of dead and dying.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100379208
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi (15 Oct 1881–18 Jun 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100379208, ; Maintained by Judi Braddick (contributor 46567877) Unknown, who reports a Died in Italy.