Father Browne

Dave Gittins

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Actually, he wasn't Father Browne when he travelled on Titanic. He was only a student of theology.

Though I don't share his religion, I'm a great fan of Francis Browne, Military Cross and Bar. He earned the decorations for his services under fire during WW I, while serving as Chaplain to the Irish Guards. He also held the Croix de Guerre.

His war service nearly killed him, but he recovered and lived until 1960.
 

Harland Duzen

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Often told as one of the "close escape from death stories", is that of Francis Browne at Queenstown being offered a ticket to New York by a ''American'' couple onboard only to be telegraphed by his Father to ''Get Off That Ship!''

However, I never seen anywhere a guess or even idea of who this couple was? presumably they were in First Class but who were they?
 

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I don't know who the couple were but didn't Francis Browne travel second class? If so it would have been more likely to have been a second class travelling couple.
 

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This website states him as 1st Class and he was stationed on A Deck in A-37.

Wikipedia (A terrible source) says it's an Millionaire couple who offered the deal in the 1st Class Saloon (presumably during Breakfast on April 11th).
 
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Talira Greycrest

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Father Browne took this photo of the Titanic as she was leaving Queenstown, Ireland. It's the last known photo taken of the ship before she sank.
 
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Often told as one of the "close escape from death stories", is that of Francis Browne at Queenstown being offered a ticket to New York by a ''American'' couple onboard only to be telegraphed by his Father to ''Get Off That Ship!''

However, I never seen anywhere a guess or even idea of who this couple was? presumably they were in First Class but who were they?
Francis Browne wasn't exactly a "Father" in 1912 and I believe his "Father" (Who advised him to "Get off that ship !") was his Uncle, who was a Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. I think his Uncle had given him a camera and a ticket on Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown as a present.

That reminds me off the old joke about the two little boys - One Roman Catholic and one Episcopal (Anglican Catholic) were out playing together. The Roman Catholic Priest came by and the little Roman Catholic boy said "Good Morning, Father." The Episcopal Priest came by and the little Episcopal boy said "Good Morning, Father." The little Roman Catholic boy said to the little Episcopal boy "What do you mean by calling him Father ? Why he's got five kids !"
 

Dave Gittins

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The person who ordered Browne off the ship was his Jesuit superior in Dublin, known as the Provincial. Browne had sent him a telegram asking permission to continue to America.