John Henry Hesketh

Mr John Henry Hesketh

John Henry Hesketh

Mr John Henry Hesketh, 33, was unmarried; he was born in Liverpool and lived with his parents in that city on Garnett Avenue, Kirkdale. He joined White Star as an engineer apprentice at the age of 14 years and commenced his seagoing career as Sixth Engineer aboard the Afric.

Hesketh served aboard a number of the company`s vessels and was involved in the salvage of the Seuvic following that ship`s grounding. He had responsibility for the refrigeration machinery aboard the Majestic and was instrumental in improving the quality of the refrigerated cargo provision offered by White Star. He served aboard the Olympic before moving to the Titanic He was the youngest acting Second Engineer in the company.

Hesketh was in Boiler-Room No. 6 when the Titanic struck the iceberg, he barely managed to shut the dampers (shutting off the flow of air to the fires) when he heard a sound like a gun going off. Hesketh and leading Stoker Frederick Barrett were suddenly hit by a jet of icy water, they ran aft and managed to clamber through the doorway of the tunnel into boiler-room 5 as the watertight door closed. The remaining men including Fireman George Beauchamp raked the fires before escaping to safety.

Hesketh died in the sinking, his estate at death was worth £447 10s.

References and Sources

Photo coutesy of Gunter Babler
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Dr. Robert D. Ballard & Rick Archbold (1987) The Discovery of the Titanic: Exploring the Greatest of all Lost Ships. Hodder & Stoughton / Madison Books. ISBN 0 340 41265 8
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3
Hermann Söldner (ed.) (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912. ä wie Ärger Verlag.

Pictures

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

(1912) 

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

 

Articles and Stories

Probate Report: John Henry Hesketh

(1912) 

PROBATE REPORT: JOHN HENRY HESKETH

 
Various Memorials to John Henry Hesketh

VARIOUS MEMORIALS TO JOHN HENRY HESKETH

 
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund: John Henry Hesketh

(1913) 

MANSION HOUSE TITANIC RELIEF FUND: JOHN HENRY HESKETH

 
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