Mr James Paul Moody
Mr James Paul Moody, 24, was born in Scarborough, England on 21st August 1887, the son of John Henry Moody and Evelyn Louise Lammin. The Moody family was well known in Scarborough. James' grandfather had been town clerk, and James' father, J.H. Moody, was on the town council.
Moody graduated from the King Edward VII Nautical School in London and passed his Masters Examination there in April 1911. He was 24-years-old when he was transferred from the Oceanic to the Titanic . His 1912 address was: St. James House, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. His family was also known in Grimsby as one of his ancestors, Charles Bartholemew Moody, was the town's first coroner. At the time of his death, he was living with an uncle who was a solicitor - and whose firm is still in business today.
James Moody was Sixth Officer on the Titanic a position which earned him around $37.00 per month. He stood the 8-12 (a.m. and p.m.) watches, as well as the first Dog Watch, that of 4-5 p.m. Moody was on watch on the bridge when the Titanic struck the iceberg. He answered the phone from lookout Frederick Fleet and reported to First Officer William Murdoch , "Iceberg right ahead ." During the evacuation, he helped fill lifeboats 12, 14, and 16. He was last seen about 2:18 a.m. by Second Officer Charles Lightoller trying to launch the collapsible boats.
Moody's last actions were poignantly recalled by Geoffrey Marcus in The Maiden Voyage .
There is a memorial plaque bearing James' name in the Church of St. Martin on the Hill, Scarborough. It bears the verse:
There is an additional monument to James Moody in Woodland cemetery, Scarborough, the existence of which was known only to a few members of the Moody family. The headstone refers to his role in the Titanic disaster, and commemorates Moody?s sacrifice with the words
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