Albert Haines was born in Sandhurst, Kent, England on 5 May 1880. His parents were Emmanuel Haines (1853-1914) and Mary Ann Hallett (b. 1847), both Kent natives who had married in Tunbridge Wells in 1863.
At the time of the 1891 census the family were living at 74 Queens (?) Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Besides Albert their other children were: Charles, Lotty, Ernest, Rosie and Edith. His father was described as a labourer. In the 1911 census Albert is now a boarder in Southampton at 52 Grove Street. He is described as a steamship seaman and unmarried.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his 1911 address (52 Grove Street). His last ship was the Olympic. As Boatswain's mate he received monthly wages of £5 10s.
After the collision Haines and Lamp Trimmer Samuel Hemming heard air escaping from the forepeak tank. They reported it to Chief Officer Henry Wilde who was busy making an inspection. Hemming told Wilde that water was filling the forepeak tank but that the storeroom was still dry. Wilde left to report back to Captain Smith on the bridge.
Albert Haines was rescued in lifeboat 9.
Haines continued to work at sea until at least the early 1920s1. He was married in Southampton in mid-1914 to Florence Elsie Southwell, a Southampton-native born in 1891. They had a son, Ronald Jesse, on 29 July 1917. The couple later moved to the Grosvenor Road area of Southampton.
On 6 June 1933 Albert Haines was crossing the road on The Avenue, Southampton that he was struck by a motor car; he sustained a fractured skull and died in a fire department ambulance en route to hospital. He was 53. His widow appears to have remarried and what became of her is unclear. His son Ronald later married Beryl Barter in Southampton in 1940. He died in 1995 in Southampton.
- On his 1920 Board of Trade identity card (CR10) he is shown as serving aboard the Mauretania.
References and Sources
United States Senate Hearings, 25 May 1912, Testimony
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
National Archives CR10 Identity Card, 1920
Gavin Bell, UK
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Articles and Stories
Titanic Research (2008)