Mr John Coffey

Mr John Coffey, 23, was born in Queestown, Ireland.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 12 Sherbourne Terrace, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.

Coffey deserted the Titanic at Queenstown and joined the Mauretania shortly afterward.  Reports stated that he had had a foreboding of disaster, possibly a fire, but it may simply have been that he wanted a passage to his home in Queenstown and always intended to leave the ship.

He evidently remained a fireman at sea. A 1941 article describes how he was rescued having fallen into the river in Hull in 1940.

He died in Hull 12 June 1957 and is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Hull (section 373, plot 36) in an unmarked grave.


Articles and Stories

Voyage (2008) 
Daily Mail (1941) 
The Courier (1912) 

Comment and discuss

  1. Thomas Kelly said:

    Family legend has it that my Great Uncle Jack Coffey missed the sailing of the Titanic due to illness he later went to America returning to the UK for a holiday in 1923 on his return to America we lost contact with him.Could he be the John Coffy the Stoker who deserted, can anyone tell me were he deserted and is there any record of his home address when he signed ships articals as this would prove wether it was the same person. Cheers Tom Kelly

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    Kritina Johnston said:

    It's not likely this was the same John Coffey, as the ET bio for John Coffey the stoker lists his death as occurring on 12th June 1957 (his bio can be found at ). ... Read full post

  3. Dawn Coffey said:

    I would like to ask if there is any updated information on John Coffey born 1889? I have recently come across information on his grandson Brian Coffey and would like to know more about this brian person.

  4. DonJ said:

    ). And the address listed on the articles is 12 Sherbourne Terrace, Queenstown (the relevant page with Coffey's sign-on info can be found at... Read full post

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    Dave Gittins said:

    The official records show Coffey as a deserter.

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References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Daily Mail (1941) Hull Dock Rescue
Search archive Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) John Coffey (ref: #1439, last updated: 1st December 2018, accessed 30th September 2020 19:49:50 PM)