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Professor Hans Dressel

RMS Carpathia Second Cabin Passenger

Hans Carl Richard Dressel
Hans Carl Richard Dressel

Hans Carl Richard Dressel was born in Kensington, London, England on 18 January 1875. He was the son of Richard Dressel, a noted violinist and music teacher, and the former Caroline Schultz, both natives of Prussia. He had at least two younger siblings. 

A gifted cellist, Dressel received his early training at the hands of his father and as a boy mastered challenging compositions by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn and others on the piano, as well as equally advanced works on the violin. His training continued in Europe and upon its completion he launched upon a successful concert career and became well-known in his native Britain other parts of Europe, showcasing his skills in dozens of concerts. With a brief tenure in Belfast, Ireland under his belt, in October 1904 he emigrated to Toronto before making his base in Spokane, Washington where he became a popular fixture of concerts across the US west coast. In 1910 he relocated to Denver and eventually to New York. 

Hans Dressel
Spokane Chronicle, 24 November 1906

In April 1912 Dressel boarded the Carpathia as a second cabin passenger and was destined for several appointments across Italy. Following the rescue of the Titanic survivors he resumed his journey and spent several weeks visiting spots in Italy, including Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Venice, Sorrento and Naples before heading to Munich and then onto other German cities.

Hans Dressel
Lewiston Evening Teller, 21 September 1907

In later years Dressel continued to perform and was still doing so into the mid-1930s. He also followed his calling into the Presbyterian ministership and preached for many years. 

Dressel was married to Carolyn Wappaus (b. 29 August 1890), the New York-born daughter of German immigrants; they had two sons, Richard and Luther. 

Hans Dressel spent his final days living with his family in North Bergen, New Jersey; widowed in October 1942, Hans died in New York on 7 September 1943 and was buried three days later in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Carpathia Passenger Summary

Name: Prof. Hans Carl Richard Dressel
Age: 37 years 2 months and 28 days (Male)
Nationality: English Canadian American
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Cellist
Ship: Carpathia

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