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Samuel McMillen

Samuel McMillen
Samuel McMillen

Samuel McMillen was born at 9 Annette Street in Belfast, Ireland on 28 September 1883.1 Hailing from a Church of Ireland family, he was the son of Thomas McMillen, a marine fireman, and Maria Croskery and was one of their eleven children. 

The 1911 census shows Samuel and his family residing at 5 Shipboy Street in north Belfast and he, like his father, was described as a marine fireman. 

McMillen’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Black Head. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked. Also serving aboard for the delivery trip was his elder brother William McMillen.

Samuel continued to serve with the merchant fleet throughout WWI and was married in July 1930 to Roseanna McMillen. He remained in Belfast and died there on 6 December 1973 aged 90.


  1. He gives his birth date as 3 October 1883 in his circa 1919 crew card. 

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Samuel McMillen
Age: 28 years 6 months and 17 days*  (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Religion: Church of Ireland (Anglican)
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Black Head
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton

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Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
1911 Census
c.1919 Crew ID Cards (CR10), Southampton City Archives
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