Going Home to England

The San Francisco Call

J. Blair, second officer of the White Star liner Doric, has been detached at
his own request and ordered home to England, where he will be assigned for
duty on one of the company's other and larger ships. H. Howe, who formerly
was on the Gaelic, will succeed Blair on the Doric. Blair is well liked in
the service out here and on the Doric has established a reputation for
conscientious attention to duty and loyalty to the interests of the White
Star Line. It is not dislike of the Pacific Ocean trade or of the people
with whom he has been thrown into contact while out here that induced Blair
to apply for a transfer, but he loves more the girl he left behind him, a
rosy-cheeked English lass, who has promised to marry him when he reaches the
tight little island. So for Blair it is he for England, home and beauty.

[Note: The "J. Blair" referred to here, is in fact David Blair,
who served as fourth, then third and finally second officer on Doric from 1902,
according to his White Star officer record.

Related Biographies:

David Blair

Relates to Place:

San Francisco, California, United States


Retrieved from the California Digital Newspaper Collection web site,

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    derek byrne said:

    The San Francisco Call's article about J Blair mentions that his "rosy-cheeked English lass" would marry him when he returned to England but David Blair was married in September 1902. Was the article incorrect or was J Blair not the same as David Blair?

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) Going Home to England (The San Francisco Call, Thursday 22nd June 1905, ref: #19533, published 22 June 2013, generated 13th April 2021 02:39:41 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/going-home-to-england-19533.html