Mr Frank Osman
Mr Frank Osman was born on 28 March 1884 in Gosport, Hampshire.
Before joining the White Star Line he served in the British Navy for just over 11 years.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as the 43 High St., (Southampton). He transferred to the Titanic from the Oceanic. He received monthly wages of £5.
Frank was outside the seaman's mess on C Deck when the Titanic collided with the iceberg. The noise of the collision brought him up to the Forward Well Deck, where he saw the ice that had been knocked off the iceberg.
When the seaman were ordered to clear away the lifeboats, Frank helped load 4 lifeboats before leaving the ship in Lifeboat 2.
According to Frank, No. 2 was 60 to 100 yards off from the Titanic when she went under. From this distance, he saw the ship explode, break in two, and all the engines slide out. The stern then came up for a bit, then go down again. When questioned about the explosions, he thought they were the boilers exploding, and said he saw steam and smoke and lumps of coal coming out of the funnels afterwards.
When questioned as to why 2 did not return to the wreck site to pick up people in the water, he said the lifeboat was almost full.
Frank survived the disaster, and testified at the U.S. Inquiry on 30 April 1912.
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