Mr Charles Edward Dahl

Charles Edward Dahl

Mr Karl Edvart (Edward) Dahl, 45, was born in Grense-Jakobselv, Sør-Varanger, Finnmarkens, Norway on 22 July 1866, one of eight children born to Nordmand Ellef Andersen Dahl (a fisherman and trader) and Marcelie Charlotte Mikaelssen.

Karl emigrated to Adelaide, Australia in 1892 to work as a joiner, where he anglicised his name to Charles Edward Dahl. He later lived in Oceania, Australia.

In 1912 he Dahl decided to return to Norway but upon arrival in London, he changed his mind and booked passage on the Titanic, which he boarded at Southampton as a third-class passenger (ticket number 7598, £8 1s). His destination was Fingal, North Dakota, where his mother, Charlotte, and a few siblings lived.

On the night of the sinking, Karl claimed that the impact threw him out of his bunk. After investigations, he changed into warmer clothing and headed to the aft well-deck and from there to the boat deck where he stood in prayer lead by Father Byles. Dahl was rescued in lifeboat 15 after being allowed to climb down the falls. He claimed that the people in the already crowded boat tried to throw him overboard.

Karl was sent to St Vincent's hospital after his arrival in New York for recuperation. After visiting his family in North Dakota and Minnesota he didn't return to Australia but travelled extensively for two years. He did return to Tromsø, Norway in 1914 where he had an illegitimate son to Kristine Helgesen. Dahl was married to another lady, Hansine Kristine Pedersen, in 1916 and the couple moved to Oceania, Australia.

Wedding Photo

Charles Edward Dahl (previously Karl Edvart Dahl) died on 13 February 1933 while visiting Tromsø.   He is buried in Tromsdalen kirkegård Tromsø, Norway.

Pictures

Karl and Hensine Dahl
(1916) 
KARL AND HENSINE DAHL
 

Articles and Stories

Ward County Independent (1912) 
Chicago American (1912) 
Cleveland Plain Dealer (1912) 
Chicago Daily Journal (1912) 
 

Comment and discuss

  1. Arne Mjåland said:

    Acording to the book Titanic 31 Norwegian Destinies written by Per Christian Sebak, Mr Dahl, a vere adventurous Norwegian/ Australian survivor, had an illegitimate son named Oddleif born 1915. In the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten there is an interview with Oddleif Dahl. He shows what his father found and took with him while he was in Ural to dig after gold. Charles Dahl bought a camera in Scotland before he went to Russia. There are also two pictures Charles took while he was there in the article. I am sure the Aftenposten will be able to supply the article to any Titanic enthusiasts if... Read full post

  2. Arne Mjåland said:

    I must admit that the interwiew with Oddleif Dahl was a 1 April fool joke. However, he was a son of Charles Dahl, and he was born in 1915. I do not know what became of him. It is also true that Charles went to Russia to dig gold, and that he bought a camera in Scotland

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    karlzzzen86 said:

    This is the only picture of the Norwegian 3rd class passenger Karl Edvart Dahl (1866-1933), also as known as Charles Edward Dahl when he lived in Australia. The picture is taken in 1916 when he married to Hansine Dahl. They both are buried in Tromsø, Norway.

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Credits

Trevor Baxter, UK
Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Per Kristian Sebak, Norway

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Per Kristian Sebak (1998) Titanic: 31 Norske Skjebner, Genesis Publishers
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Charles Edward Dahl (ref: #749, last updated: 15th June 2020, accessed 20th April 2021 18:35:57 PM)
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