Mr Richard Paul Jozef Pfropper
Mr Richard Paul Jozef Pfropper 1 was 19 March 1882 Breslau, Germany 2 the son of August Pfropper 3. He came to England as a young man.
In 1901 he was living as a boarder at 292 Victoria Dock Rd which runs alongside the giant docks in London's East End. His occupation was Ship's Steward.
He signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April as a second class saloon steward. His previous engagement was on the New York. He came aboard the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912. His monthly wages were £3 15s. He gave as address: 8 Washington Terrace, Southampton.
On the night of 14 April 1912 after the Titanic collided with an iceberg, Richard Pfropper headed for the boat deck, probably in the company of fellow saloon steward William Ryerson. At lifeboat 9, an officer asked Ryerson, “Can you handle an oar? Then in you go!”
Ryerson and Pfropper took seats in the lifeboat and were later rescued by the Carpathia. He boarded the Lapland along with other surviving crew on 20 April 1912 and, upon arrival at Plymouth, made a statement to the British Authorities. He received 15s in outstanding wages.
Pfropper appears to have continued working at sea but to have made New York his base.4,5
In 1958, along with several other survivors, he attended the New York premiere of the film A Night to Remember.
He appears never to have married and died in New York on 25 February 1964
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
Philip Hind (Editor)
Gavin Bell, UK
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Richard Paul Jozef Pfropper
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