Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan was born at 43 New Dock Street in Belfast, Ireland on 4 March 18811. He was the son of Patrick Keenan, a butcher, and Mary Fairfield.

Already described as a marine fireman, Keenan joined the Royal Navy as a stoker in May 1903, his first ship being Vivid II. His service on Vivid II was interspersed with periods aboard Cornwallis, Monmouth, Hogue and Victory II 2 before he went ashore from Vivid II in July 1909. That same month he joined the Royal Naval Reserve in Devonport.

On 31 December 1903, whilst a resident of 37 Marine Street, Belfast, Keenan was married to Mary Ann Magee (b. circa 1884) in Belfast’s St Patrick’s Church. They had no children and by 1911 were residents of 17 Lord George’s Street in Belfast. 

Keenan’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Olympic. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
With the outbreak of war Keenan rejoined the Royal Navy and his old ship, Vivid II. His last ship was Impregnable before he was discharged in the summer of 1919. He then went on to rejoin ships in the merchant fleet.

His final whereabouts remain unknown.


  1. He gave the date as 4 March 1882 in later records.
  2. HMS Victory II refers to a shore base for stokers and engine room artificers (ERAs).
  3. Photograph from a c.1918 id card (National Archives)

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Patrick Keenan (ref: #2419, last updated: 22nd May 2020, accessed 30th July 2021 11:54:16 AM)

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