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Luigi Finoli

Mr Luigi Finoli was born in Atessa, Chieti, Italy on 25 March 1870 1 and was the son of Vincenzo Finoli and the former Catherine Di Paolo. Little is known about his early life but it is understood he had several brothers and sisters.

He was married in Naples on 7 August 1897 to Beatrice Fedele (b. circa 1873) and apparently raised a family but little is known about his married life.

Luigi emigrated in 1899, leaving Naples aboard SS Neustria and arriving in New York in March that year. He lived at different times in Brooklyn and New Haven, Connecticut where he worked as a merchant, becoming a naturalised US citizen on 19 January 1906 in New Haven. In August that year he applied for a passport and he was described as standing at 5' 5½" with a dark complexion, brown eyes, chestnut hair and with a round face, small mouth and pointed nose. He returned to Italy for a visit shortly after and appears to have returned to the USA on 22 March 1908 aboard La Touraine. Back in the USA, he made his home in Philadelphia but in late 1911/early 1912 he returned to Italy for another visit.

For his return to the USA Finoli boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third-class passenger (ticket number SOTON/O.Q. 3101308 which cost £7, 1s). He was rescued, possibly in lifeboat 15, and reportedly conducted himself very poorly during and after the sinking. Arriving in New York and applying for assistance from the American Red Cross he claimed to have lost $800 in cash and jewels in the sinking. Given necessary clothing and temporary shelter, he was refused any further assistance on account of his behaviour.

In years after the disaster, Finoli was once again naturalised as a US citizen on 29 September 1914, again in New Haven. He would return to Italy at the behest of his father in June 1921 to settle property in Aversa, Caserta with his siblings and applied for a US passport in March 1922, declaring his wish to remain a US citizen and his intention to return within six months. His wife was, at the time, residing at 2713 Somerset Street in Philadelphia and she and Luigi were reunited in May 1922.

Luigi would continue to travel back and forth to Italy and made another such voyage just two years later in 1924. He eventually returned to Italy permanently in 1935 to the place of his birth, Atessa. He died on 21 November 1938 aged 68.


  1. Date given as 26 March 1870 in his 1922 passport; his naturalisation papers and 1906 passport give the date as 25 March.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Luigi Finoli
Age: 41 years 6 months and 20 days (Male)
Nationality: Italian
Marital Status: Married to Beatrice Fedele
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 3101308, £7 1s
Rescued (boat 15)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 21st November 1938 aged 68 years

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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
Names and Descriptions of Alien Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B).
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  1. Gavin Bell

    Gavin Bell said:

    Can anyone tell me what became of Luigi Finoli after the disaster, and what his real age was in 1912. I have two ages for him -- 36 and 41. Anybody who can clarify this this contact me. Thanks Cameron Bell

  2. Rachel Boland

    Rachel Boland said:

    According to the Carpathia's written Passenger List of Titanic Survivors (which I have copies of), it lists his age as 29 years old. It also said he was a citizen of the US and his destination in the US was home to his wife Rosa in Philadelphia (the addy given was 706 Christian or Catherine St.)...I am assuming he went home. Probably someone in Philly will be able to provide more info on him.

  3. Kathleen McNulty

    Kathleen McNulty said:

    Can anybody out there tell me or, indeed, drop me a hint as to the final whereabouts of Mr Luigi Finoli? I have tracked him down to be still living in the USA as of 1943: checking his biography on this website and seeing a photograph of him taken around that approximate time I believe I may be right but I can find no further trace of him -- anyone help? Many thanks in advance Kathleen

  4. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    December 11, 1958 in Philadelphia.

  5. Pat Moffa

    Pat Moffa said:

    Luigi Finoli - looking for any information on him. My husband's grandfather was Luigi Finoli - married to a Rosa Ciccone and lived in Philadelphia. We have been told it is him and then someone also said it was not a Luigi Finoli from Philadelphia but from Italy. Any information would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to know if our Grandfather was on the Titanic. Thank you

  6. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber said:

    His biography page is .

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