Robert Trigg : Echo of Titanic Disaster

Shields Daily News

Death of Mr Robert Trigg

WAS FIREMAN ON ILL-FATED VESSEL

The death of Robert Trigg, a ship’s fireman, in the Tynemouth Infirmary, recalls, the terrible disaster which befell the “world's largest ship" in 1912, the so-called "unsinkable" Titanic, for he was one the 705 survivors of the 2,203 people on board.

Trigg was one of the firemem on board the vessel, and "Shields Daily News" reporter saw his seamen's discharge book which bears the simple record of the terrible disaster as follows: "Joined Titanic, Liverpool, April 10, 1912; fireman; left ship April 15, at sea."

Behind that simple record lies one of the most dramatic stories which the life of any man could contain. STRUCK AN ICEBERG. It will be remembered that the Titanic was the largest liner in the world when she was completed in 1912. She was generally considered "unsinkable," and yet on her maiden trip, under the White star "crack" captain, E. J. Smith, with five million pounds worth of valuables on board, she struck an iceberg in mid-Atlantic and sank.

The Titanic struck the iceberg at 10.25 (American time) on the night of April 14, and she sank at 2.25 p.m. on the following day.

Looking up the 1912 newspapers it can be seen that even when the collision was known very little fear that the mammouth vessel would sink, was entertained. Wireless messages from vessels rushing to the assistance said all was well, all passengers saved, and so on. Then like clap of doom on the 10th, came the news from the Carpathia, the first vessel to arrive on the scene, that the Titanic had gone down.

Arriving at daybreak, the Carpathia found nothing but boats and wreckage—all that was left of the great vessel. She picked up what survivors she could, a total of 705, chiefly women.

Most or the crew and men were lost, as there were not enough boat accommodation for them, and Trigg must have been ore of the survivors picked up from among the wreckage. Altogether 1.498 people were lost in the Titanic disaster, and there were stories of great heroism and tragedy witneesed by the few who were saved.

WENT STRAIGHT BACK TO SEA.

Trigg was ill for some time as a result of his harrowing experience, but upon his recovery he went straight hack to the sea as a fireman once again. He has good record of "clean discharges,” and has been sea-going all his life except for during the war when he served in the Army Service Corps.

He went back to sea on his return from France, and served regularly in the merchant service.

His last vessel was the British Enterprise, and he left her on Jan. 1, 1931.

He took ill and was sent by the Seamen's Union into the Tynemouth Infirmary, where he has been until the time of his death. So far as the union can discover he had no relatives.

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