© Bob Knuckle, Canada
Mr Albert Kaurin Andersen was born in Alvøen, Laksevåg, Søndre Bergenhus, Norway on 25 April 1878, later being baptised on 17 May that year in Fjel, Hordaland.
He was the son of Anders Andersen Sørhavn (b. 1840), a fisherman, and Larsine Berntine Paulsdatter (b. 1843) who were married on 10 April 1864 in Askøy, Hordaland.
He had nine siblings: Andreas Berentin (b. 1864), Anne Cecilia (b. 1866), Peder Severin (b. 1868), Larsine Iverine (b. 1870), Larsine Iverine (b. 1872), Anton Martinus (b. 1875), Bernt Andreas (b. 1881), Peter Andreas Berntin (b. 1883) and Berntin (b. 1886).
Albert went to sea as a young man, initially working as a fireman and trimmer before qualifying to become a marine engineer in Bergen, soon rising to the rank of second engineer.
He was married in 1905 to Theodora Catharina Olsen (b. 1877) and by 1912 had two sons: Theodor Andreas (b. 1906) and Leif Anton (b. 1908). The family lived at Toldodalmenningen 3 in Bergen.
Andersen was travelling from Bergen to New York to join a ship as second engineer, the SS Edda (master captain Meidell). He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with Johan Holten and Henry Olsen who were also planning to join the Edda and journeying on the same ticket (ticket number 4001 which cost £22, 10s, 6d).
Andersen died in the sinking and his body was found by the MacKay Bennett (#260):
NO. 260. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 33. HAIR, DARK; SLIGHT MOUSTACHE; SCAR ON LEFT CHEEK.
CLOTHING - Dark suit, green and white striped shirt; singlet; black boots.
EFFECTS - Gold ring; $2.00; silver watch; plated chain.
THIRD CLASS TICKETS IN POCKETS No. 4001.
NAME - ALBERT KAIVIN ANDERSON
NAME - JOHAM MARTIN HOLTEN.
NAME - HENRY MARGIVE OLSEN.
PROBABLY 'ANDERSON' BY NUMBER OF PAPERS AND POCKETBOOK.
Andersen's body was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912 and his effects were returned to his widow. His death hit the family hard as they were totally dependent upon him. Theodora, who was pregnant at the time of the sinking, gave birth to a daughter in December 1912 named Albertha Theodora.
The Daily Telegraph's Titanic Relief fund paid £20 to the family. On 19 April 1913 the Mansion House Fund paid 2160 NKr (£120). 2446 NKr ($787.50) damage claims were paid to the widow and 729 NKr ($202.50) was paid to the children's guardian in May 1916 after their mother had died.
Theodora had a breakdown following the loss of her husband and her mother in quick succession, leading to drunkenness and the eventual neglect of her children. Her children were taken into care before Theodora's death on 23 April 1915, after which they were sent to live in their father's childhood home in Alvøen.
The eldest of the three children, Theodor, died in 1922 aged 16 as a result of meningitis. Leif was later married and raised three children before his death in 1971 in Bergen. Albertha (later Mrs Oscar Rafsol) raised a family of four children with her husband; she died in Bergen in 1988.