Mr Charles John Joughin was born in Birkenhead, Liverpool on 3 August 1878.
He was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Elmhurst Leighton Rd., (Southampton). He transferred from the Olympic. As Chief Baker he received monthly wages of £12.
(Daily Sketch 18 April 1912)
It was Joughin who fortified himself with alcohol, threw deck chairs overboard for flotation devices, rode the stern down and claims to have stepped into the water without getting his hair wet. He claims to have hung on to the side of Collapsible B for hours with most of his body submerged in the icy water, yet survived with virtually no ill effects.
He gave this statement at the British enquiry:
"I got to the starboard side of the poop; found myself in the water. I do not believe my head went under at all. I thought I saw some wreckage, swam towards it and found collapsible boat (B) with Lightoller and about twenty-five men on it. There was no room for me. I tried to get on, but was pushed off, but I hung around. I got around to the opposite side and cook Maynard, who recognised me, helped me and held on to me."
According to his obituary he was also on board the SS Oregon when it sank in Boston Harbor. He also served on ships operated by the American Export Lines, as well as on World War II troop transports.
His wife, Mrs Nellie Ripley Joughin, died in 1943. He died in Paterson, New Jersey on 9th December 1956 leaving a daughter, Miss Agnes Joughin, of Liverpool, a stepdaughter, Mrs Henry (Rose) Stoehr, of Paterson, and nieces and nephews.
Articles and Stories
|Paterson Morning Call (1956)||CHARLES JOUGHIN, TITANIC SURVIVOR, DIES IN HOSPITAL|
|Paterson Evening News (1956)||CHARLES JOUGHIN RITES TOMORROW; TITANIC SURVIVOR|
|Chicago Daily News (1912)||SEEKS NEWS OF BROTHER-IN-LAW|
|CHARLES JOUGHIN'S GRAVE|
State Department of Health of New Jersey Certificate of Death
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Brian Ticehurst, UK