of Southampton residents have lived with the memory the Titanic -
673 crew members died on board, leaving widows and thousands of orphans.
Hundreds more worked in the shops and businesses supplying the great
liners, or cheered on the quayside as Titanic sailed out of Berth
BBC Southampton is looking for any memories, tales or anecdotes about
the Titanic. If you live in Southampton, or further afield, and have
a story to tell we want to hear from you. It could be a childhood
memory or a story from a relative, just fill in the details on the
Ashley Heath. |
Had a great uncle who was a crew member on the Titanic, Albert
James Horswell/Horswill. He survived. Was a crew member of lifeboat
1. Only had 12 people on board, 7 of them were crew!! Two of
the passengers were the Duff-Gordons, who promised the crew
he would pay them £5 each if they got to safety. Much controversy
at the time that they were bribed, but a kinder interpretation
is that he was offering to pay them their month’s wages, which
ceased on the sinking of the ship. Albert’s sister Clara, was
Brian’s grandmother and through her Brian heard this story:
after the disaster, Albert gave evidence, turned up at the family
home, but his mother wouldn’t let him in, and he was never heard
of again. (Did she do it because of this alleged bribe - somewhere
there is supposed to be a national photo of Albert receiving
his cheque from Duff-Gordon.) In the book, A Night to Remember,
Brian found a photo of the cheque given by Duff Gorden to Albert,
drawn on Cootes bank, £5. So what happened to Albert? Brian’s
brother was surfing the web and found the Encyclopedia Titanica
site, found Albert on the website, including biog and photo.
Found he’d gone to the States and he’d been in America since
1913, died in 1965. Married, had large famly. Has tried to get
in touch with the person who supplied the information, Bob Nix
Grandfather, Frank Dymond, a firemen on Titanic, was a survivor.
Was given charge of a lifeboat. He didn’t like to talk about
it. Never went back to sea, but did work on the tugs.
Father always told her that his father was one of the six people
who missed the Titanic because they were drunk! She’d love to
know if he was. Could anyone help? Her father went down to wave
the boat off and his father didn’t appear. The surname was Darley,
her father’s first name was Alfred but May doesn’t know her
grandfather’s first name.
Alice says her great uncle was the look-out on the Titanic,
and was the one blamed for mislaying the binoculars. He was
also in charge of the lifeboat which didn’t take away sufficient
people. His name Robert McDonald Simons.
Whittaker, Isle of Wight |
Her husband died 30 years ago, she knows he had a Titanic connection
and love to know more. He had two uncles or cousins, she’s not
sure which, who worked in the engine room and went down with
the ship, leaving 8 children between them who were brought up
by Barnardos. She’s got some family names and wonders if they’re
traceable? Her husband’s name was an old Southampton name, Munday,
the other names she’s found in the family bible are Hayes and
Yes, they should be traceable. There’s the crew list and the
lists and biographies in some cases are available on the Encyclopedia
Titanica website (www.encyclopedia-titanica.org). The oral history
unit and the Maritime Museum in Southampton could probably offer
help as well (the crew list is in the museum). And there’s the
Titanic Society 8055 3421 which could help.
Dench, Totton |
Connection:- His mother-in-law’s first husband was a
crewman on the Titanic. He was a trimmer and died. He was listed
in the crew list as Anton Ferrari of St. Mary’s Place, Southampton.
His mother-in-law was left with two young children, George,
nearly 3 and Sidney, aged 1.
grandmother had TWO Titanic survivors as her menfolk! When her
husband died in 1928 (Thomas Jubilee Mayzes), his friend Albert
Pearcy also a suvrivor, moved in!
My Great Grandad, Perry, was the master painter on the Titanic
and was personally responsible for goldleafing the SS Titanic
letters on the front of the ship which is still intact and was
one of the first things found by the camera. I also believe
that he was invited on the maiden voyage but did not go because
my Great Grandmother was pregnant. They lived well into their
Kneller, Bitterne, Southampton|
My great uncles' brother was a musician for White Star line,
he was due to play in the orchestra on the Titanic but was taken
ill before he went, and was unable to sail, so he was rather
Buckmaster, Alderholt, Nr Fordingbridge|
Wallace Hartley, the band leader, was my maternal grandmother's
nephew which I think makes me his second cousin. My Mother used
refer often to her cousin Wallace.
Scott, West Wellow, Romsey|
Grandfather was an engine room crew member & survivour. Survived
by climbing down a lifeboat rope and dropping into water. He
was also significant witness at inquiry into sinking - he was
asked over 400 questions.