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Samuel Whitehead

Samuel Whitehead
Samuel Whitehead

Samuel Whitehead was born in Bury, Lancashire, England on 8 August 1885; hailing from a Methodist family, he was baptised at the Wesleyan Church on Union Street, Buryon 21 September 1885. He was the son of Samuel Forster Whitehead, a ropemaker from Manchester, and Elizabeth Nairn who was originally from Scotland. 

The eldest surviving child belonging to his parents, Samuel and his family moved to Burnley, Lancashire when he was still young, appearing there on both the 1891 and 1901 census records. 

The earliest available record of Samuel working at sea was in November 1906 when he was a waiter aboard Ivernia, then staying his address as 3 Priory Mount, Everton. Other ships he worked aboard included: Carmania, Saxonia and Franconia. In December 1911 he declared his intent of becoming a US citizen but, for reasons unknown, this did not occur. 

In April 1912 Whitehead was serving as a waiter aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic

Samuel Whitehead continued to work at sea but little else is known of his later life. He died in Liverpool in 1944.


Gavin Bell, UK

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  1. Sam (2591)

    Mr Samuel Whitehead was my nanas cousin meaning he was my 2nd cousin? I am very interested with titanic and have been for many years, it holds an extra special place knowing a member of my family was on board Carpathia.

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Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Mr Samuel Whitehead
Age: 26 years 8 months and 7 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Religion: Methodist
Occupation: Waiter
Ship: Carpathia

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