Mr Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah was born in Tibnīn, al-Janub, Lebanon around 1889.1
He was an unmarried farmer still living with his parents and siblings in his village and he came from a Shi'a Muslim family. He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2647 which cost £7, 4s, 6d) having already made the voyage from Beirut to Marseille. Travelling with him were two cousins, Mustafà Nasr 'Almā and Fatīmah Muhammad Muslamānī, also of Tibnīn. He was travelling to Michigan City, Indiana where he had family, including at least one sibling.
His cousin Fatīmah, who was the only surviving member of the party, later related in a seemingly embellished interview that all of them made their way to the boat deck, one of the men dressing as a woman to help him slip undetected into a lifeboat. She also reported her cousins and other men being shot at by crewmen. The likelihood of this account is questionable.
Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
- Age uncertain. Possibly 25 or 22
References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Gavin Bell, UK