Jonathan Shepherd

Mr Jonathan Shepherd

Jonathan Shepherd

Jonathan Shepherd was born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England on 31 March 1880.

He was the son of James Bromley Shepherd (b. 1850), an architect and surveyor, and Johanna Elizabeth Longbottom (b. 1851), natives of Whitehaven, Cumberland and Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland respectively and who had married in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1872.

One of nine children, Jonathan's known siblings were: Joseph Arthur (b. 1873), Frances (b. 1874), Margaret Honora (b. 1876), Ruth Dixon (b. 1878), John (b. 1882), Joseph (b. 1885) and Harold (b. 1889).

Jonathan appears on the 1881 census living at 12 Lowther Street in Whitehaven, Cumberland. He and his family would have moved to 9 Church Street, Whitehaven by the time of the next census in 1891. The family later moved to Blackburn, Lancashire and would show up on the 1901 census living at 4 Caton (?) Terrace. James was absent and listed elsewhere as a boarder at an address in Accrington, Lancashire where he was described as a textile machine fitter.

Jonathan had served an apprenticeship with James Davenport of Blackburn and he worked for Messrs. Howard & Bullough of Accrington and Hadfields of Sheffield before commencing a seagoing career with W. S. Kennaugh & Sons of Liverpool. Shepherd served on ships owned by James Chambers & Co. of Liverpool and joined the White Star line after obtaining his first class marine engineer's certificate of competency, serving firstly on the Adriatic and later on the Olympic. He was on the latter vessel when she struck the HMS Hawke and was reportedly one of the first to close the watertight doors following the collision.

Jonathan, who was never married, was not listed on the 1911 census; his mother had passed away in early 1911 and his widowed father and several siblings were listed as living at 27 London Road, Blackburn.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his lodgings address as 16 Bellevue Terrace, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as junior assistant second engineer he could expect monthly wages of £12, 10s.

Shepherd was on duty on the evening of 14 April 1912. After the collision he helped the other engineers rig pumps in boiler room 5 but broke his leg when he slipped into a raised access plate. Leading fireman Frederick Barrett and engineer Herbert Harvey helped him to the pump-room. Shortly afterwards the nearby bulkheads were breached and Shepherd was left helpless as the waters rose around him.

Lost in the sinking, Jonathan Shepherd's body, if recovered, was never identified.

References and Sources

Crew Particulars of Engagement
Newark Evening News, 16 April 1912, Article
Elizabeth Daily Journal, 20 April 1912, Visitor Here Confirms Death of Brother
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK
Dave Fredericks, UK
Denis Griffiths, UK

Pictures

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

(1912) 

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

 
Jonathan Shepherd

JONATHAN SHEPHERD

 

Articles and Stories

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Mid Cumberland and Westmoreland Herald  (1912) 

UNKNOWN TITLE

 
Believes Brother Lost

Elizabeth Daily Journal  (1912) 

BELIEVES BROTHER LOST

 
LEARNS SISTER WAS LOST ON FATED TITANIC

Elizabeth Daily Journal  (1912) 

LEARNS SISTER WAS LOST ON FATED TITANIC

 
ENGINEER HAS SISTER HERE

Newark Evening News  (1912) 

ENGINEER HAS SISTER HERE

 
Local Connection with Titanic Disaster

Whitehaven News  (1912) 

LOCAL CONNECTION WITH TITANIC DISASTER

 
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund

(1913) 

MANSION HOUSE TITANIC RELIEF FUND

 
THRILLING STORIES BY TITANIC'S SAVED; TEN ON WAY TO ELIZABETH LOSE LIVES

Elizabeth Daily Journal  (1912) 

THRILLING STORIES BY TITANIC'S SAVED; TEN ON WAY TO ELIZABETH LOSE LIVES

 
AWAIT COMING OF CARPATHIA WITH RESCUED

Elizabeth Daily Journal  (1912) 

AWAIT COMING OF CARPATHIA WITH RESCUED

 
Obituary

OBITUARY

 
MR. STENGEL SENDS WORD HE IS SAFE

Newark Star  (1912) 

MR. STENGEL SENDS WORD HE IS SAFE

 

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