Passenger nationalities


Neal Shelden

Is there statistics recorded anywhere of how many passengers were British, American, Canadian, and all other nationalities, on the Titanic?
Hi Neal,

Most sources/records simply say something like British/non-British. However, in his RMS Titanic Passenger and Crew List booklet Hermann Soeldner has a column [in the Passenger List section] headed Nationality. If you are interested [please e-mail me privately] and I will; give you Hermann's e-mail address. You could purchase a copy of the booklet; go through it and arrive at your own Nationality figures.

I hope that may help.

Neal Shelden

I am compiling a list of the passengers nationalities from Hermann Soldner's excellent book RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List. I have come up with the following numbers for the First Class Passengers after Queenstown: Total 324

Austria - 1 (0 survived)
Belgium - 1 (1 survived)
Canada - 27 (13 survived)
Switzerland - 6 (6 survived)
Germany - 3 (3 survived)
Spain - 3 (2 survived)
France - 12 (11 survived)
Great Britain - 45 (20 survived)
Italy - 2 (1 survived)
Ireland - 3 (0 survived)
Mexico - 1 (0 survived)
Netherlands - 1 (0 survived)
Sweden - 3 (2 survived)
Turkey - 1 (1 survived)
Uruguay - 3 (0 survived)
USA - 212 (141 survived)

I will continue with 2nd Class then 3rd Class.

Neal Shelden

Second Class Passengers after Queenstown: Total 285

Austria - 1 (0 survived)
Belgium - 1 (0 survived)
Canada - 2 (1 survived)
Switzerland - 1 (1 survived)
Germany - 3 (0 survived)
Denmark - 3 (0 survived)
Spain - 4 (4 survived)
France - 14 (7 survived)
Finland - 4 (2 survived)
Great Britain - 169 (70 survived)
Hungary - 3 (1 survived)
Italy - 4 (2 survived)
Ireland - 4 (1 survived)
Japan - 1 (1 survived)
Norway - 1 (0 survived)
Portugal - 1 (0 survived)
Russia - 9 (3 survived)
Sweden - 6 (2 survived)
Syria - 2 (1 survived)
USA - 51 (24 survived)
Nationality unidentified - 1 (0 survived)

Neal Shelden

Third Class Passengers after Queenstown: Total 708

Austria - 44 (7 survived)
Belgium - 22 (5 survived)
Bulgaria - 33 (0 survived)
Canada - 5 (0 survived)
Switzerland - 4 (0 survived)
China - 8 (6 survived)
Germany - 4 (1 survived)
Denmark - 7 (1 survived)
France - 5 (0 survived)
Finland - 55 (17 survived)
Great Britain - 120 (19 survived)
Greece - 4 (0 survived)
Italy - 4 (1 survived)
Ireland - 113 (41 survived)
Norway - 25 (8 survived)
Portugal - 3 (0 survived)
Russia - 18 (6 survived)
Sweden - 104 (23 survived)
Syria - 79 (31 survived)
Turkey - 8 (2 survived)
USA - 43 (12 survived)
No. 422 Frederick Miles 44 DELETED!

Neal Shelden

Total Passengers 1317

Austria 46 (7 survived)
Belgium 24 (6 survived)
Bulgaria 33 (0 survived)
Canada 34 (14 survived)
Switzerland 11 (7 survived)
China 8 (6 survived)
Germany 10 (4 survived)
Denmark 10 (1 survived)
Spain 7 (6 survived)
France 31 (18 survived)
Finland 59 (19 survived)
Great Britain 334 (109 survived)
Greece 4 (0 survived)
Hungary 3 (1 survived)
Italy 10 (4 survived)
Ireland 120 (42 survived)
Japan 1 (1 survived)
Mexico 1 (0 survived)
Norway 26 (8 survived)
Netherlands 1 (0 survived)
Portugal 4 (0 survived)
Russia 27 (9 survived)
Sweden 113 (27 survived)
Syria 81 (32 survived)
Turkey 9 (3 survived)
Uruguay 3 (0 survived)
USA 306 (177 Survived)
Nationality unidentified - 1 (0 survived)

501 survived
816 lost
A really useful analysis, Neal. Draws attention to a number of situations that are not otherwise obvious, like the appalling casualty rate for the Bulgarians in Third Class - 33 souls and not a single one survived. Confirms also that the hordes of desperate 'Italians' so often described by witnesses simply didn't exist.

Neal Shelden

Thanks Bob,
I was also shocked by the low amount of Swedes that survived, only 27 out of 113. It was interesting that the amount of 1 in 3 of the British that survived was about the same for the Irish.
I'd always been led to believe before I found ET, that the Irish had lost more than any other country? Maybe that opinion was influenced by the films I've seen?
Even without taking the crew into account, Britain lost far more than any other nation, followed by the USA and Sweden and then Ireland. Most of the Irish were travelling in Third Class and again they figure high among the steerage casualties, but not as high as Sweden or Britain. You'll notice though that in Third Class the survival rate for the Irish is more than twice as high as the Brits. It's my opinion that this reflects a trust which the British working class had for figures of authority - and which the Irish did not share. So the Irish were more likely to seek their own salvation while the Brits waited patiently for orders which, if they came at all, came too late.
Neal, allow me to put in a patriotic protest. There were two Australian passengers. Arthur McCrae was in second class and Charles Dahl was in third. McCrae was lost but Dahl survived.

In those days, Australians were often counted as British, especially if they did something good. While researching Titanic, I came across a demand that the British Olympic team should consist of athletes drawn from the whole empire. The British didn't do very well in the 1912 games and were hoping to borrow Aussies, Canadians and so forth. Nobody bought that idea, including the Aussies. We'd been competing as Australia before we actually had a nation and we were beating the English at cricket!

Your work, which I'm sure was tedious, is a useful contribution, as are Bob's comments on the Irish and the English. I've long thought that one of the biggest blots on the record is the loss of large English family groups, such as the Goodwins. There was no language problem, yet they were lost.
Good point, Dave. The Canadians have been considered separately though they too were listed at the time as British, as indeed were the Irish who, in Constitutional terms if not in spirit, really were British back in 1912. There were only two Aussies, of course, but that's 100% more representation than Japan or Mexico.

Neal Shelden

Dave and Bob,
I apologise to the Australians for leaving them out of the statistics, but it confirms a worry that I had while compiling the lists. There seems to be many Syrians with their residence given as the Lebanon, and many Austrians with residence as Croatia.
Could this be the same for the passengers that were Lebanese and Croatian that they were called Syrian and Austrian?
Not your fault at all, Neal. Problems of this sort are partly due to a lack of geographical expertise on the part of the clerks who made up the original lists (especially when there were language difficulties to contend with) but mainly to the re-drawing of political boundaries especially after the two World Wars. In 1912, for instance, Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire so, just as the Irish were listed as British, the Croats were listed as Austrian. Similarly, the Lebanese (mostly Christian refugees) were listed as Syrians. In short, many of the sovereign nations on the political map of the modern world simply didn't exist back in 1912.

Neal Shelden

I suspected that might be the case. Checking through the list again, I don't believe there are many others that can brought in to question. I think we can just add that Croatians, Slovenians, and Bosnians, were listed under Austria. Lebanese, and possibly Egyptians and Lybians (one passenger residence Tripoli, Lebanon?) were listed under Syria.
Just to add, the Australian Charles Dahl was listed as N for Norway rather than Great Britain.
Interesting. Karl (Charles) Dahl was Norwegian born and emigrated to Australia in 1892. In 1912 he perhaps didn't share Dave's opinion that he was Australian, as it appears he didn't intend to return there. I suppose that's why he gave his nationality as Norwegian, but he did eventually change his mind and took up residence again in Oz four years later. Have I got that right, Dave?