Titanic Crew

There were over 900 of a crew on board Titanic, ranging from the officers who took command of the various watches or shifts right down to glass washers and galley staff.  In between were engineers, deck staff, pursers, stewards, restaurant staff and postal staff. Just over two hundred crew members survived the Titanic disaster.

Senior Crew Onbaord the Titanic

At the top of the tree, directly under Captain Edward J Smith were the Chief Officer, Henry Wilde and First Officer, William Murdoch.  Murdoch was on duty when Titanic struck the iceberg. Wilde and Murdoch were experienced officers; Wilde had been in charge of Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic before being moved to be chief officer of Titanic’s maiden voyage.  The Captain, Wilde and Murdoch were all lost in the disaster and their bodies were not recovered.  The most senior crew member to survive was second officer, Charles Lightoller.  He got away from the sinking ship in one of the collapsible Englehardt life rafts.

Staff & Crew Onboard the Titanic- Keeping the ship on the move

Those responsible for actually making the ship move were on the next rung of the ladder in the ship’s crew hierarchy. They included assistant engineers, deck engineers and the engine room crew who stoked the boilers, brought the coal to the engine room and kept the fires lit.  An assistant deck engineer would earn between £9 and £10 per month.

Feeding the Passengers

Next were the victualling department including bakers, butchers, cooks, porters, pantrymen and storekeepers.  The job of keeping over a thousand titanic passengers fed and looked after fell to this department.  Working alongside were the restaurant staff including stewards, waiters and wine waiters. Many of these staff were Italian and few lived to tell of their experiences.  For first class passengers, White Star aimed to provide the same standards of service as the best Parisian restaurants so those serving in the first class restaurant would be experienced and highly trained.

How big was the Titanic?- click here for video
Within the crew there were many random jobs which do not fit into a particular category.  Titanic and Olympic were the first ships to have facilities such as swimming baths, Turkish baths and squash courts which meant that attendants and instructors had to be employed to staff these areas.  There were also the members of the orchestra, the Marconi radio operators and various cleaners.

Post a Comment

 Security code

User Comments 58

Hi Melvyn Roberts, I didn't put my email on for you to contact me. fiona.kilbane67@gmail.com
If you could contact me we could liaise re Mary Keziah Dooley Humphreys Roberts.
Fiona Kilbane 25 January 2013
Re| message below from Melvyn Roberts. Can you get in contact via email. Would be interesting to chat. Only found your message by accident looking up something.
Fiona Kilbane 16 January 2013
HARRY GLEE 06 December 2012
The Titanic was cool sadly It sank
cameron 03 December 2012
amazing yet sad
rosie 28 November 2012
i like this titanic ship
rajneesh bhatt 11 November 2012
hello i am a 13 year old and i have soom very sad news my grand dad was on the titanic and died in the water looking at my dad
joshua hargrave 17 October 2012
I have recently been clearing a deceased friend's home. His mother's first husband was called Richard Turley from John Street in Belfast and died on Titanic - I think he was a fire stoker. There are some old papers, letters and a potrait relating to Titanic which I could bring to someone interested to show them.

My family have no need for these items so please get in touch with me by email if anyone or society would be interested in these items. Thank you. My email is robinson-c1@email.ulster.ac.uk
Chris Robinson 10 September 2012
matin if you could get in touch with me on deethomas@live.co.ukalso jean on the same email address and i will be able to talk to you more about gilbert rimmer dorothy thomas
dorothy thomas 02 August 2012
jean could you please let me have your email address so i can talk to you dorothy
dorothy thomas 30 July 2012
Displaying Results 1 - 10 (of 58)
Titanic Boat Tours

Titanic Boat Tours

See the famous Harland & Wolff Shipyard and Titanic sites around Belfast's harbour

More Information
Titanic Trail Cobh

Titanic Trail Cobh

Explore Cork Harbour, the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912

More Information on the Titanic Trail Cobh

Find Accommodation

Featured Accommodation

Discover IrelandNorthern IrelandBelfastNational Museums Northern Ireland
The dropdown menu script is acrredited to Apycom jQuery Menus