Unknown except for ID as ENGINEERS


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Phil Fazzini

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In several of the Unknown cards-notice is given as
deceased was probably "ENginner". Now granted the brief discriptions of some of the unknowns--did the
Titanic have so many enginers that's its impossible
to try to match descriptions on unknown cards with
known vitals of Titanic Enginners?
 
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The Engineering crew comprised 326 Men for whatever that may be worth. Keep in mind that some of the bodies had been in the ocean for a spell when found and decompostition was doing it's thing to make identification progressively more difficult as time went on.
 
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Phil Fazzini

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Was Ships ENGINEERS defined as all those who worked in the Enginner Dept -except for Firemen and Trimmers?
 

Chris Dohany

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I see what you're getting at, Phil. The body descriptions for no.s 139 and 257 indicate the victim was "Probably an engineer," based on their attire. Titanic had 35 engineering officers, several of whom fit the general physical descriptions and possible age ranges of these two bodies.
 
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Keep in mind - many bodies were also ided as 'firemen'. So for some reason, the people making the ids were making a distiction between a 'fireman', and an 'engineer'.
 

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The qualified engineers and electricians were the equivalent of deck officers in pay, status and authority. The Chief Engineer, in fact, deservedly earned more than anybody else on the ship except the Captain, and considerably more than the Chief (deck) Officer. But when on watch, most of these men wore boiler suits much like those of rank & file oilers, and those especially who were working in the heat of the boiler rooms probably dispensed with their uniform jackets and wore only their cap as an indication of status. Having lost their caps, the bodies might have been hard to distinguish just from the way they were dressed. So if they were not carrying papers it's quite possible that some of the bodies recovered were those of engineers and/or electricians but were not identified as such.
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