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Samuel McGaw

Samuel McGaw
Samuel McGaw

Samuel McGaw1 was born at 32 New Street in Belfast, Ireland on 6 July 18772. Hailing from a Presbyterian family, he was the son of James McGaw, a flax dresser, and Ann Jane Phillips. 

On 4 January 1902, described as a sailor and in Belfast’s Agnes Street church, Samuel was married to Mary Elizabeth Coffey (b. 18 September 1879), a native of Portavogie, Co Down. By 1911 they had three sons and were living at 8 Hanna Street in north Belfast.

Prior to Titanic he served aboard the Olympic. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

Samuel McGaw went on to be a veteran of both World Wars and was decorated for his service in both. He remained in Belfast where he spent his final years living at 9 Baltic Street. He died aged 83 on 9 February 1961 and was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (plot F5 177).


  1. Also Spelled as Megaw.
  2. Naval Records give the date as 4 July 1877.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Samuel McGaw
Age: 34 years 9 months and 9 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Presbyterian
Marital Status: Married to Mary Elizabeth Coffey
Occupation: Leading Fireman
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Died: Thursday 9th February 1961 aged 83 years

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Samuel McGaw (ref: #2260, last updated: 24th May 2020, accessed 26th October 2021 18:37:21 PM)
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