Mr Clarence Bloomfield Moore

Clarence Bloomfield Moore

Mr Clarence Bloomfield Moore, 47, was born on 1 March 1865.

Moore lived in Washington DC with his wife Mabelle Swift Moore and their five children. He was a member of the firm of W B Hibbs and Co, brokers, of Washington, his annual income being $25,000. He also owned a farm in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he profitably raised cattle and horses, and had interests in real estate near Leesburg, Virginia.

Moore had been in England to shop for fox hounds for the Loundon Hunt. He purchased fifty pairs although they did not return with Moore on the Titanic

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Photo: Daily Mirror, April 16, 1912, p.8

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113796, £42 8s). His manservant Charles Harrington accompanied him.

At the time of the collision Moore was playing cards in the smoking room with his compatriots and dining companions Major Archibald Butt, Harry Widener, and William Carter. During the evening Moore had related tales of his adventures in the West Virginia mountains and forests, in particular the time he helped a newspaper reporter get an interview with the outlaw Captain Anse Hatfield.

The group of friends remained more or less together as the ship sank.

Moore died in the sinking.

Mrs Moore later made a claim of $500,000, for loss of future income and $10,500 for loss of property, including $3,000 for pearl studs and $2,500 for pearl cuff links. She also claimed for loss of personal effects and other jewellery and for legal costs. Mrs Moore asked that her claim be heard under British law, in order to prevent the OSNC (Oceanic Steam Navigation Company) limiting its losses as it could under US law. Her claim was lodged in April 1913 in the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. Along with many others, Mrs Moore's claim was met only on a pro rata basis, because in May 1914, the US Supreme Court ruled that British law did not apply to claims brought in US courts and OSNC was thus able to limit its liability in accordance with US law.

Credits
Dave Gittins, Australia Hermann Sldner, Germany Craig Stringer, UK Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]) Walter Lord (1986) The Night Lives On: Thoughts, Theories and Revelations about the Titanic. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 140 27900 8 Documents held by the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York (US National Archives)

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Clarence Moore (1)

(1912) 

CLARENCE MOORE (1)

 

Articles and Stories

President and Friends Of Major Butt Fear He Went Down With Ship

Washington Times  (1912) 

PRESIDENT AND FRIENDS OF MAJOR BUTT FEAR HE WENT DOWN WITH SHIP

 
SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

Washington Times  (1912) 

SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

 
MRS. M. S. MOORE MARRIES

New York Times  (1915) 

MRS. M. S. MOORE MARRIES

 
WENT TO DEATH WITH HIS HOUNDS

Washington Herald  (1912) 

WENT TO DEATH WITH HIS HOUNDS

 
Moore's Partners Give Up Hope Of Hearing From Him

Washington Times  (1912) 

MOORE'S PARTNERS GIVE UP HOPE OF HEARING FROM HIM

 
Clarence Moore, Who May Have Lost His Life, Well Known in Capital

Washington Times  (1912) 

CLARENCE MOORE, WHO MAY HAVE LOST HIS LIFE, WELL KNOWN IN CAPITAL

 
CLARENCE MOORE

New York Times  (1912) 

CLARENCE MOORE

 
COL. GRACIE DIES, HAUNTED BY TITANIC

New York Times  (1912) 

COL. GRACIE DIES, HAUNTED BY TITANIC

 
LLOYD MOORE WEDS MRS. E. H. PRESTON

New York Times  (1935) 

LLOYD MOORE WEDS MRS. E. H. PRESTON

 
SWIFT HEIRESS IS SUED FOR DIVORCE IN NEVADA

New York Times  (1932) 

SWIFT HEIRESS IS SUED FOR DIVORCE IN NEVADA

 
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