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Titanic – First Class Passengers

The maiden voyage of the Titanic had attracted a number of rich passengers.
A first class parlour suite cost £870 while a first class berth cost £30.
The following are some of the more well-known first class travellers.

John Jacob Astor

The richest passenger aboard was multi-millionaire John Jacob Astor. He was travelling with his second wife, Madeleine, who was five months pregnant. JJ Astor did not survive but his wife did.

Benjamin Guggenheim

Millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim was travelling on the Titanic with a lady friend. His wife and family were at home in New York. Guggenheim and his manservant helped women and children into lifeboats. When all the boats had gone they changed into their best clothes and prepared to "Die like gentlemen."

Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff Gordon

Lady Duff Gordon was a notable dress designer whose clientele included Isadora Duncan, Oscar Wilde and the British royal family. The Duff Gordons both survived but were called to testify at the court of inquiry and explain why their boat contained only twelve people. During the inquiry they were accused and cleared of bribing crew members not to allow more people into the boat.

The ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown

Molly was the daughter of a poor Irish immigrant family whose husband struck rich when mining for silver. She was travelling home to America aboard the Titanic. She survived the disaster in lifeboat number 6 and earned her nickname because she took control of the boat, kept the women rowing for seven hours and gave her furs to keep others warm.

Isador and Ida Straus

Isador Straus was a partner of Macey's department store, New York. He and his wife were returning from a European holiday. Both died on the Titanic. Ida nearly got into lifeboat number 8 but refused saying to her husband "We have been living together for many years. Where you go, I go."  

Titanic – Second Class Passengers

Passengers travelling second class on the Titanic enjoyed a luxury that rivalled first class on other liners. Titanic was also the first ship to have an electric elevator for second class passengers.

A second class ticket cost about £13
The following passengers are the most well known second class travellers.

Lawrence Beesley

Lawrence Beesley was a public school teacher travelling to America for a holiday. He survived the disaster in lifeboat 17 and was one of the first people to publish an account of the sinking and rescue.

Eva Hart

Seven year old Eva Hart was travelling to America with her parents. Eva's mother had a premonition and refused to sleep at night during the voyage. Eva and her mother were saved in lifeboat 14. Eva never saw her father again.

Juozas Montvila and Thomas Byles

These two men were Roman Catholic priests who conducted services for second class passengers. After the sinking they both helped other passengers to safety, heard confessions and prayed. Both died in the tragedy.

Charles Aldworth

Charles Aldworth was first class passenger, William Carter's chauffeur. Carter's Renault 25 motor car was stored in the cargo hold. Charles Aldworth did not survive.

Titanic –Third Class Passengers

Many of those traveling third class or steerage were emigrants traveling to the United States from Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, and Scandinavia. In all some 33 nationalities were represented in the passenger lists.

 A third class ticket cost between £3 and £8.

Miss Anna Katherine Kelly

21 year old Anna Kelly was travelling from Cuilmullagh to Chicago, Illinois to join her cousins, Anna and Mary Garvey, who lived at 303 Eugenie Street. Anna boarded theTitanic at Queenstown. She joined a group of passengers leaving Co Mayo, led by Katherine McGowan. Annie was saved in lifeboat 16. She later became a nun and lived in Chicago, Illinois.

The information below contains statistics on some of the nationalities traveling in third class survival accounts.

Maria( Mathilda) Buckstrom

There were 63 Finnish passengers on the Titanic of whom only 20 survived. Mathilda Backstrom was travelling to New York with her husband and brothers. She survived in one of the last lifeboats to leave - collapsible D. Her husband and brothers died.

Agnes Charlotta Bengston

There were about 26 Swedish passengers on board the Titanic of whom most were travelling third class. Many did not reach their destination. Mrs Hjalmar Sandstr, (Agnes Charlotta Bengtsson ) was travelling with her two daughters. They all survived the disaster in lifeboat 13.

There were 24 Belgians on board the Titanic, 23 in third class. Two lucky Belgians,

Emma Duyvejonck and Henri Van der Steen were turned away at Southampton. Only

4 Belgians, all men, survived the disaster.

The Crew of the Titanic

In all, the crew of the Titanic comprised some 885 people:

Deck Crew - Officers, Masters at arms, Store masters and able-bodied seamen.

Engineering Department - Engineers, Boiler men, Firemen and Electricians.

Victualling Department - Stewards and Galley staff.

Restaurant staff


Post Staff

Captain Edward John Smith – monthly wage £105

The maiden voyage of the Titanic was to be 62 year old Captain Smith's last voyage before he retired. Smith was married with a young daughter. Very little is known about his actions on the Titanic after the collision - he was last seen on the bridge of the sinking ship. Captain Smith went down with his ship and his body was never recovered.

Chief Officer Henry Wilde - monthly wage £25

Henry Wilde was serving as Chief Officer on the Olympic but was transferred to the Titanic for her maiden voyage. Wilde was off duty when the ship hit the iceberg. He took control of the even numbered lifeboats and was last seen trying to free the collapsible lifeboats. Wilde's body has never been recovered.

First Officer William Murdoch
William Murdoch, 39 years old, had served on a number of White Star ships. He joined the Titanic as first officer and was on the bridge at the time of the collision and gave the order to turn the ship. He helped to load women and children into the lifeboats. He did not survive the disaster and his body was not recovered.

Second Officer Charles Lightoller
Charles Lightoller had begun his sailing career at the age of 13 and had been involved in a shipwreck before. Lightoller was keen to load the lifeboats as quickly as possible and was still trying to free the collapsible lifeboats when Titanic sank. He was sucked under the sea but blown to the surface by air escaping from a vent. He managed to climb onto the overturned collapsible lifeboat B. He survived the disaster and as the most senior surviving officer testified at both inquiries.

Third Officer Herbert Pitman
Herbert Pitman was in his bunk when Titanic hit the iceberg. After helping to uncover lifeboats he was put in charge of lifeboat number 5 by William Murdoch. After Titanic had sunk, Pitman wanted to return for more passengers but others in the boat persuaded him that they would swamp the boat and they would all die. Pitman was called to give evidence during the inquiry into the disaster.

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