Robert Dobson

RMS Carpathia Assistant Cook

Robert Dobson

Mr Robert Dobson was born in Birkdale, Lancashire, England on 24 February 1887. He was the son of coal merchant William Dobson and the former Ann Blundell, née Rimmer, of Ormskirk and Birkdale respectively, both on their second marriages. As well as at least two full siblings, he had several half-siblings from his parents’ respective previous marriages. 

Dobson worked as a railway labourer prior to going to sea and was described as such when he appeared on the 1911 census as a resident of 32 Bury Road in Birkdale, the home of his elder married half-sister Lena Lunt and her family. Later in 1911 he was shown working as a scullion on at least two voyages aboard the Ivernia

In April 1912 Dobson was serving aboard the Carpathia as an assistant cook when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster. 

Dobson later married and continued to work at sea but in June 1923 emigrated to the USA, settling in New York and applying for US citizenship. He later made his home in Yountville, Napa, California.

Robert Dobson died in Napa on 6 August 1951. 

Documents and Certificates

Central Register of Merchant Seamen (including CR10 Identity Cards), Southampton City Archives / National Archives, (BT348, BT349, BT350)


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's rescuers : Captain Arthur Rostron and the crew of the Carpathia, (Occasional papers No.7), B & J Printers, ISBN 1871733073
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Gavin Bell, UK
Brian J. Ticehurst, UK

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Robert Dobson (ref: #2742, last updated: 16th July 2021, accessed 29th July 2021 01:12:42 AM)

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