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Hammad Hassab

Mr Hammad Hassab (حمد حسب بريك, Hamad Brik), 27, was born in Cairo, Egypt. 

Hamad had owned farmland, but being fluent in French, English and German he found work with Thomas Cook & Son at the famous Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo as a dragoman (a translator, guide and interpreter).

He was married to Fatima Hussein Kamel Katukhdh Kharbotliand she was pregnant when Hassab travelled on the Titanic.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg. His ticket number was PC 17572 (Harper). He was travelling with Henry Sleeper Harper and his wife.  Mr Harper had asked him to come on the trip.

They were rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 3.

He sent a Marconigramm, which was transmitted on 18 April 1912 at 5.20 am, to his brother :

Said Hassat
Mena House
Cairo, Egypt
All safe Hammad

He died in approximately 1965.

Hammad Hassab

Hammad Hassab in later life, the only known photograph.


He is often listed as "Hamad Hassah".

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.
John Booth & Sean Coughlan (1993) Titanic Signals of Disaster. White Star Publicatons, Westbury, Wiltshire. ISBN 0 9518190 1 1
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0-14-004757-3
Yasmeen Saad المصري اليوم - Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egyptian Today), 3 August 2018 حفيد الناجى المصرى الوحيد على متن «تيتانيك»: جدى «حمد» أجاد 3 لغات .. وسافر بدعوة من صديقه الأمريكي  

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Yasmeen Saad Titanica! (2018) The mysterious story of Hammad Hassab
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  1. Grant Woollacott

    Grant Woollacott said:

    Is it clear as to what ever became of Hammad Hassab? Ed: See:

  2. Bob DiGiulio

    Bob DiGiulio said:

    Anyone have information on Henry Harper's Egyptian "dragoman," who accompanied the Harpers (and their dog) on the Titanic? Why was he called "handsome" and "mysterious," with passengers steering clear of him? I've looked through my various Titanic sources, but find nothing more. Anyone with info or a suggestion on a place to look--much appreciated

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Hammad Hassab (حمد حسب بريك)
Born: circa.1885 in Cairo, Egypt
Age: 27 years (Male)
Nationality: Egyptian
Marital Status: Married to Fatima Hussein Kamel Katukhdh Kharbotli
Last Residence: in Cairo, Egypt
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17572, £76 14s 7d
Cabin No. D49
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: 1965

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