Engineer Shepherd


Mark Baber

Staff member
Jonathan, your question was answered when you asked it three weeks ago; look at the message just above yours.

P.S. The message you posted today asking the same question in a thread relating to a different person, has been removed.

Richard A. Krebes

According to Frederick Barrets BOT testimony, this happened to Engineer Jonathan Shepherd:

2022. Did you stay below?
- Yes.

2023. With Mr. Harvey?
- Yes.

2024. Then what was the next order?
- He asked me to lift the manhole plate off.

2025. Where was the manhole plate?
- On the starboard side of No. 5 section.

2026. When the plate was in position what was it - closed?
- It is something you lift up to get at the valves. I do not know what valves it is. It is just like a hole in this table. You lift it off to get to the valves to turn on the pumps or something.

2027. Is it in the floor?
- Yes.

2028. And did you do that for him?
- Yes.

2029. That would leave a hole in the floor?
- Yes.

2030. And what happened then?
- Mr. Shepherd was walking across in a hurry to do something and then fell down the hole and broke his leg.

2031. He did not notice the manhole plate had been lifted?
- No.

2032. He broke his leg?
- Yes.

2033. What did you do with him?
- We lifted him up and carried him into the pump room, me and Mr. Harvey.

2034. Is that the pump room in No. 5?
- Yes.

2035. At this time, in this No. 5, was it easy to see?
- No, all the water which had been thrown on the furnaces when they were pulled out was making the stokehold thick with steam.

2036. And then you attended to Mr. Shepherd as best you could. Did you stay there after that?
- Just about a quarter of an hour after that.

Barret, however, does not mention what they did next with Shepherd.
However, I heard on another forum awhile back that Shepherd was carried aft before Number 5 flooded.
Does anynoe here have any additional information on this, or know where I can find it?
Brad Rousse

Brad Rousse

I've always heard that when the bulkhead gave way, Harvey went to assist Shepard, and both engineers were engulfed before Barrett's eyes.


Hello Ryan and Rae, have just read your thread. My mother is Jonathan's niece, we are the family of his brother Joseph. Maybe I can help with any further family details. Brian T has been a huge help over the years too.
Hello Barbara - just doing a bit of research into my Shepherd Family tree, and my Great Grandfather Joseph shepherd (shipwright), born 1861, lived at 41 New St. Whitehaven (0.2 miles from Lowther street where Jonathan lived), and his children would be the same age, that bit of my family tree has gaps in it, I’m thinking its likely they were maybe closely related ; which would be a huge help in filling in blanks.


My cousin, who is really big into genealogy, just informed me that Jonathan Shepherd was a distant cousin. I'll post more as I learn it.