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Charles Frederick McKinstry

Charles Frederick McKinstry
Charles Frederick McKinstry

Charles Frederick McKinstry 1 was born on 4 August 1871 2 in Tamnaghvelton 3, a townland straddling between the borders of Co Armagh and Co Down, Ireland on 4 August 1871. Hailing from a Church of Ireland family, he was the son of Ralph McKinstry, a coachman, and the former Catherine Berry.

Described as a labourer and giving his address as 52 Burnaby Street, McKinstry was married in St Anne’s Church, Belfast on 25 March 1899 to Catherine Magee (b. circa 1873). The couple appear on the 1901 census as residents of 39 Teutonic Street, Belfast and Charles was described as a fireman. They would have no children.

McKinstry’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Oealander. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

Charles McKinstry worked as a fireman until at least the early 1920s. He spent his last years at 8 Oswald Street in Belfast but died in a sanitorium on 2 April 1929 aged 57. He was buried in City Cemetery at plot X 183.


  1. Also listed as Kinstry or Kinstrey.
  2. He later gave his birthdate as 4 August 1876 in his circa 1919 crew card and his birthplace as Belfast.
  3. He later gave his birthplace as Belfast or as Co Antrim across numerous records.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
Central Index Register of Merchant Seamen
1901 Census
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Charles Frederick McKinstry
Age: 40 years 8 months and 11 days*  (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Church of Ireland (Anglican)
Marital Status: Married to Catherine Magee
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Oealander
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Died: Tuesday 2nd April 1929 aged 57 years
Buried: Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Ireland

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