Mr Frank Port was born in Chatham, Kent, England on 6 August 1889.
He was the son of James Port (b. 1860) and Ellen Margaret Roscoe (b. 1857). His father, an infantry private in the British Army, hailed from Hampshire and his mother from Herefordshire and they were married in London on 4 February 1884.
Franks siblings were: Thomas James (1885-1914), Robert Frederick Stephen (1887-1913) and Olive May (1894-1902).
Frank first appears on the 1891 census when he and his family were living at the Lower Chatham Barracks, Kent. The family later moved to Winchester, Hampshire and show up living at the Barracks in St Thomas. His father later left the army and became a railway clerk. His mother Ellen died in Portsmouth on 14 September 1910 and his father apparently died shortly after in Southampton. By the time of the 1911 census Frank was listed as a crewmember aboard the Attentive, the docked at Portland, Dorset, and described as an unmarried cook's mate.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Frank gave his address as Rockthorne, Tonndry Lane, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic and as a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Port was rescued in lifeboat 13 and he returned to England.
Frank continued working at sea into the 1920s but details about his later life are uncertain. It is believed he married in his later years and before moving to Salisbury, Wiltshire where he died in 1943.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Gavin Bell, UK
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA
Articles and Stories
Western Morning News (1912)