Frederick Ickes Merrick

Carpathia First Cabin Passenger

Mr Frederick Ickes Merrick1 was born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, USA on 2 July 1876. He was the eldest son of manufacturer Frederick Silas Merrick and the former Clara Ickes. He had two younger siblings, Silas and Marguerite. 

An architect by profession, Merrick was well-known in Pennsylvania and further afield and he designed numerous homes, hotels, churches and other grand buildings; some of his works included the Empire Hotel in Manhattan and the First Presbyterian Church and the Emery office buildings, both in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Mr Merrick and his mother Clara boarded the Carpathia as first cabin passengers and were travelling to Europe for a protracted stay of up to two years.

The Pittsburgh Press (17 April 1912) states that the pair were accompanied by Merrick’s father, but there is no evidence he was aboard. 

The two-year stay in Europe was not to be and Mr Merrick and his mother returned to the USA aboard the Amerika in July 1912. 

A few years after the Titanic disaster, Merrick settled in Pittsburgh and in February 1914 was married to Eleanor DePuy (b. 1882), with whom he had four children. He remained a sought-after architect and well as dabbling in real estate. 

Frederick Merrick died aged 83 in Pittsburgh on 23 February 1960 due to complications from peritonitis; he was cremated the following day in Homewood Crematory, Pittsburgh. 


  1. Bäbler gives his middle name as "Silas."

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

Pittsburgh Press (17 April 1912)
New York Times (19 April 1912) RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List including place of living or booking

Documents and Certificates

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
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Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Frederick Ickes Merrick (ref: #2353, last updated: 8th June 2021, accessed 16th June 2021 04:04:24 AM)

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