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Leading Firemen.

Leading Stoker: Frederick William Barrett, AB, MN.

Mr Frederick William Barrett of King St, Southampton was leading fireman in Boiler Room 6.

Barrett was in the boiler room at the time of the collision, he felt the impact of the iceberg and then heard a sound like thunder rolling towards him as it tore along the ship's side as the icerberg hit.

Barrett was put in command of lifeboat 13. At around 1.40 a.m. the boat was successfully lowered although the occupants narrowly avoided a torrent of water from an outfall in the ship's side and when it had reached the water Barrett and able seaman Robert Hopkins had to work quickly to cut the boat free from the falls as it drifted under lifeboat 15 which had begun its descent. At 4.45 a.m. Barrett brought his boat and its occupants safely to the side of the rescue ship Carpathia.

A few weeks later, on May 25, Frederick Barrett was working on the RMS Olympic. When Senator Smith was given a tour of the Titanic's sister by Captain Haddock as part of his investigation, Haddock mentioned that one of his stokers had been aboard Titanic, and Smith then went down to the engine room to talk with Barrett and get a better impression of how conditions had been aboard Titanic in the boiler rooms at the time of the collision.

Leading Stoker: Mr Thomas Ford, AB, MN.


Mr Thomas Ford of Russell St, Liverpool was a Leading Stoker for the White Star Line.

He had been at sea for 10 years and had earned his Able Bodied Seaman's Ticket before becoming a Fireman.

He signed on in Belfast on the 4th April, 1912, with the skeleton crew doing the RMS Titanic's sea trials. Mr Ford died in the sinking.

His body was never recovered.

Leading Stoker: Charles George Hendrickson, AB, MN.

Mr Charles George Hendrickson, 32, of Northumberland Rd, Southampton was a Leading Fireman on board RMS Titanic.

He was rescued in Emergency Lifeboat 1 and was paid a 5 pound cheque by Baronette, Sir Cosmo George Duff Gordon, KCstCO, for possibly not going back for more survivors or buying a new kit which had been destroyed in the sinking.

Leading Stoker: Percy Pugh, AB, MN.

Mr Percy Pugh together with his brother Third Class Steward Alfred Pugh, nearly missed the sailing.

Percy Pugh and his brother died in the sinking.

Leading Stoker: Mr Thomas Threlfall, AB, MN.

Mr Thomas Threlfall, 38, lived at St. Martins Court, Liverpool. He was a Leading Fireman in the White Star Line. He was rescued in lifeboat 14.


Fireman: Mr George William Beauchamp, AB, MN.

Mr George William Beauchamp of Redbridge Rd, Southampton was a Fireman on the Titanic.

After the ship struck the iceberg Mr Beauchamp worked to shut the dampers (cut off the supply of air) to the boilers, he was still working when the icy water was waist deep around him. Someone shouted 'That will do!' and soon he was climbing to safety by the boiler room escape ladder.

Beauchamp was able to escape in boat #13. He shivered in the freezing air but when an old lady offered him a coat he refused insisting that it be given to a young Irish girl in the boat.

Fireman: Mr George Bennett, AB, MN.


Mr George Bennett of Deal St, Southampton, was a Fireman on board RMS Titanic. He had been at sea for 3 years. Mr Bennett died in the sinking.

Fireman: Mr James Chorley, AB, MN.


Mr J. Chorley of Regent St, Southampton, was a Fireman on the RMS Titanic. He died in the sinking.

Fireman: Mr Samuel Collins, AB, MN.

Mr Samuel Collins (35) was registered as living at the Sailors' Home in Southampton. He was a Fireman on board RMS Titanic. He was rescued in Emergency boat 1.

He too, recieved a 5 pound cheque for his kit.

Fireman: Mr B.Cunningham, AB, MN.


Mr B. Cunningham of Briton St, Southampton was a Fireman in the White Star Line. He died in the sinking.

Fireman: Mr T.Hunt, AB, MN.


Mr T. Hunt of Queen St, Southampton died in the sinking.

Fireman: Mr Arthur May, AB, MN.


Mr Arthur May, of York St, Northam, Southampton died in the sinking. He had been married only a year and left a widow and a six week old child. He was an ABle Bodied Seaman and a qualified Fireman.

His father Arthur William May was also aboard as a Firemen's Messman. He too was lost.

May's widow Amelia and their child George Arthur William were assisted, as class G dependants, by the Manson House Titanic Relief Fund (No.182).

A memorial to Arthur May and his father was recently rediscovered in the Old Cemetary in Southampton. See the entry for Mr Arthur William May

Fireman: Mr William Mintram, AB, MN.


Mr William Mintram, was a widower and a father of 5. His eldest daughters husband was Walter Hurst (a greaser on board the RMS Titanic).

Mintram had just been released from prison before signing on RMS Titanic with his son-in-law. Mr Mintram died in the sinking.

Fireman: Mr John Thompson, AB, MN.

Mr John Thompson, 42, of Howe St, Liverpool had previously served on the Casheford.

Thompson was rescued in the swamped collapsible A, he was later transferred to boat 14.

He somehow broke his arm in his struggle to survive in the water, but didn't notice until he had to climb up the rope ladder into the Carpathia.

Fireman: Mr E. Williams, AB, MN.


Mr E. Williams, of Canal Walk, Southampton was lost in the sinking.


Trimmer: Mr Walter Binstead, AB, MN.

Mr Walter Binstead, 20 years old, was born in Hampshire and lived in Endle St, Southampton.

Before joining the RMS Titanic he had served on the SS New York, the vessel with which Titanic was almost in collision on leaving Southampton on April 10th.

Mr Binstead's job was filthy and hard. He was in Boiler Room 6 when the Titanic hit the icerberg.

Mr Binstead survived the sinking.

Trimmer: Mr Thomas Patrick Dillon, AB, MN.

Mr Thomas Patrick Dillon of the Sailors' Home, Southampton was rescued in Lifeboat 4.

He later gave the following account to the British Enquiry:

"I went down with the ship and sank about two fathoms. Swam about twenty minutes in the water and was picked up by No. 4. About 1,000 others in the water in my estimation. Saw no women. Recovered consciousness and found Sailor Lyons and another lying on top of me dead."

Two passengers, Mrs Stephenson and Miss Eustis gave this account to Colonel Archibald Gracie which he published in his book:

"We implored the men to pull away from the ship, but they refused, and we pulled three men into the boat who had dropped off the ship and were swimming toward us. One man was drunk and had a bottle of brandy in his pocket which the quartermaster promptly threw overboard and the drunken man was thrown into the bottom of the boat and a blanket thrown over him."

Michael Davie sums it up nicely: "The drunk was a fireman from Belfast, Paddy Dillon, and he was the luckiest man of the night. He found the brandy somewhere, rapidly became drunk, toppled over the Titanic's side, and was immediately picked up."

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