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Albert Sylvanus Hunt

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Albert Sylvanus Hunt 1 was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 25 February 1889. He was the son of Isaac Hunt (b. 1853) and Harriet Rusher (1862-1900). His father was from Southampton and his mother from Wiltshire and they had married in Wiltshire in 1879. They would have six children: George (b. 1877), Sylvester (b. 1887), Rose (b. 1894), James (b. 1896), Thomas (b. 1884) and Albert Sylvanus.

Albert first appears on the 1891 census (listed as Sylvanus) living at 27 Queen Street, St Mary Southampton, and on the 1901 census the family are listed at 3 Castle Court, Southampton.

Albert was married in Southampton on 30 October 1909 to Elizabeth Ellen Hebb (b. in Southampton on November 16, 1890) who was the sister of Titanic survivor William Albert Hebb. 

Albert Hunt and William Hebb
Albert Hunt and William Hebb (back row)

On the 1911 census Albert was absent, presumably at sea. His wife is listed as living with her parents at 5 Brewhouse Court, French Street, Southampton, described as a general servant and peculiarly is listed as unmarried and is using her maiden name. The couple had their first child, Alfred William, on April 10, 1910 although the child is unlisted on the census. 

Albert and Elizabeth had twelve2 children in total: Alfred William (1910-1988) Thomas (b. 1912), Frank James (1913-1983), Rose Harriet (1914-1975), Beatrice Elizabeth (1918-1953), Elsie (b. 1920), George Thomas (1921-2001), Jessie May (1923-2003), Frederick (b. 1925), Gwendoline (1926-1993), Robert Henry (1928-1992) and Evelyn Joan (1929-1989).

When Albert signed on to the Titanic in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 French Street, Southampton. He had transferred from the Majestic. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10s. Also serving on the Titanic was his brother Thomas Hunt, a fireman, and his brother-in-law William Albert Hebb.

Hunt survived the sinking, his brother Thomas was lost. On which lifeboat is disputed.

Hunt, and his mate, Albert Hebb, were allowed on deck to assist at the boats. Hunt assisted at collapsible C, helping to follow orders and pull a group of men out of the boat. When all was in order the boat was lowered, and Hunt jumped six feet to land in the descending craft. Four men helped to row the boat, which was heavily laden, and unable to return and pick up people from the water. At dawn, Albert was overwhelmed by the sight of the ice field around them, identifying one berg that was over thirty miles long. - Titanic People by Craig Stringer

Family members state, in contrast, that Hunt recalled having being rescued on the upturned lifeboat (B) with Hebb but that Thomas slipped away and was lost.

Albert continued to work for White Star, he signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912.

Albert Hunt, known as Ginger to his friends and family, continued to live in Southampton with his large family. He died on 23 March 1949 and is buried Hollybrook Cemetery in Shirley. His wife passed away in 1977.


  1. He was born was Sylvanus Alfred Hunt. His birth was registered as Sylvanus Hunt. He is listed as Alfred Sylvanus on his marriage record. He apparently preferred to be called Albert as opposed to either Sylvanus or Alfred.
  2. He may have had up to 18 children.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Albert Sylvanus Hunt
Age: 23 years 1 month and 18 days (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth Ellen Hebb
Last Residence: at 1 French Street Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Trimmer
Last Ship: Majestic (1890)
Embarked: Southampton
Rescued (boat C)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Wednesday 23rd March 1949 aged 60 years
Cause of Death:
Buried: Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England

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References and Sources

Dave Bryceson (1997) The Titanic Disaster: As Reported in the British National Press April-July 1912. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN-1-85260-579-0
Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Agreements and Crew Lists Oceanic January – August 1912
Susan Wels (1997) Titanic: The Worlds Greatest Ocean Liner, Crew list by Michael Findley
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People, CD-Rom
Hampshire Independent, May 4th 1912, Trimmers Thrilling Tales
Southampton Times, April 29th 1912) 
Southampton Echo (undated)
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  1. kelly marie donohoe

    kelly marie donohoe said:

    I have been trying to trace my family. My Great Grandfather was a trimmer on the Titanic he survived it in 1912 and went on to work on the Oceanic. His brother Mr T Hunt was also on there, please help i've come to a very dead end. This means alot to me, it means I can show my grandad Fredrick his family history before its too late

  2. kelly marie donohoe

    kelly marie donohoe said:

    Albert Hunt was a trmmer on the titanic I would like to know if Mr T Hunt a fireman was his brother at all? Plus any info on him possible?

  3. Brian Meister

    Brian Meister said:

    Dear Kelly, Thomas Hunt, was indeed a brother of Albert Hunt, the surviving trimmer. They also had an in-law aboard serving in the engine room. For a more detailed answer to your question, please e-mail me privately as have met many members of this family. Best Regards, Brian

  4. Kyrila Scully

    Kyrila Scully said:

    Kelly, my mother's maiden name is Hunt, and we've traced our family tree back eleven generations. I bet if we scratched each other we'd be kin. Write me privately, okay? Kyrila Scully

  5. kelly marie donohoe

    kelly marie donohoe said:

    My name is Kelly I am researching my family history. I believe all the crew member that survived are heroes butin reality it was proberly each man to his own. I belive that th titanic should not be brought up like the Mary Rose as my Great Uncle is at rest at the bottom of that ocea and that is where he should stay. Does anyone know anything about Albert Hunt born 1890 he lived 1 french street southampton?

  6. Philip Kellingley

    Philip Kellingley said:

    Bit confused Kelly - Albert Hunt was a trimmer who survived. There was T. Hunt who drowned. Phil

  7. sean szmalc

    sean szmalc said:

    Hello Kelly Marie, I hope you are very well, it is a great pleasure to write to you, as it is to read your very interesting family history connection with the Titanic. My name is Margot, I am writing on behalf of my fiancee Sean who is unfortunately ill at the moment, we would love to help you in any way we can, if you could send details to me at the email address below and we will do everything we can to assist you. our email address is :- I look forward very much on hearing from you, all our very best... Read full post

  8. kelly marie donohoe

    kelly marie donohoe said:

    please can anybody tell me if there are any articles featuring anything about Albert or Thomas Hunt????

  9. kelly marie donohoe

    kelly marie donohoe said:

    Hello everyone its been a while. Firstly I would just like to thank everyone for there help. I have found lots of information out since joining this message board. I now have a death certificate of Albert Hunt although they couldnt find a birth cert. Also I still have to find George and Sylvanus Hunt (the other 2 brothers) but I dont think they were on the great ship. I am posting some questions on the life on board page I would be grateful if you could spare the time to just take a look and maybe you could be of help.

  10. glenn victor hunt

    glenn victor hunt said:

    My name is glenn hunt. My grandfather was Albert Hunt, my dad was his oldest son William, and we lived in Olive Road Coxford, are any of you related to me. Please Contact

  11. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Glenn, check out the postings at the bottom of this thread:

  12. kerry lorraine cox

    kerry lorraine cox said:

    Hi 's sister Elizabeth in 1909 and they had 12 children. He died 23/3/1949 and was buried in Hollybrook Cemetry 28/3/1949 Grave B12/7. Both Hebb and Hunt were Trimmers. Albert's brother was Tom Hunt.

  13. kerry lorraine cox

    kerry lorraine cox said:

    Sorry but Albert Hunt was born 25/2/1889 at 6 Castle Lane , Southampton. He called himself Albert because he did not like his real name which was Sylvanus Hunt. Forget about the Alfred bit in the above message. Tom Hunt was a fireman who drowned. He was born 29/5 1884 at 6 Lansdown Place Southampton. A Hebb was called William Albert Born 1889 died 16/6/1932. He turned to drink after the disaster and died of liver cirrhosis as a result. He was only 42!

  14. Paul Lee

    Paul Lee said:

    Dear all, Did Albert Hunt ever give an account of the sinking? Cheers Paul

  15. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    Paul, it is likely that Albert Hunt was the trimmer who said that he jumped into the starboard collapsible boat. This was an interview in the contemporary press where two trimmers gave a joint interview, one of whom said he swum to an overturned boat, the other said that he jumped into boat C as it was being lowered away. The two trimmers belonged to the 12-4 shift and were just preparing to go to work when disaster struck. Peter

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