Survivor of the Titanic
Death of Mr Edward Flaherty
Half a century at sea
The death has taken place at the Royal Hants and Southampton Hospital of Mr Edward Flaherty, aged 80, of Southampton, who was a survivor of the Titanic disaster of 1912.
Mr Flaherty , who was well-known in seafaring circles, first went to sea at the age of 17 in the service of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, and later transferred to the Castle Line, making many voyages in the Scot and Tamar.
After the sinking of the Titanic he was picked up by a Red Star vessel and it was not until a week afterwards that his relatives knew that he was safe.
During the last war Mr Flaherty was engaged in mine-sweeping in the Isle of Wight Company's Balmoral.
IN TORPEDOED SHIP
He was also engaged in transport work to and from France. For 16 months he was engaged in carrying food from Canada in the Moyune, and his ship was diverted to Rangoon. On the homeward voyage in convoy she was torpedoed between Malta and Gibraltar. He finished his sea-faring career in the late Sir Robert Houson's yacht, Liberty.
Altogether Mr Flaherty spent 50 years at sea.
The funeral will take place at Southampton Old Cemetery tomorrow.