Philip Francis Vigott was born in St Mary's, Jersey in the Channel Islands on 6 October 1879. He was the son of Philip Vigott (b. 1853) and his wife Eliza (b. 1856), both Jersey-natives.
He had seven known siblings, Eliza (b. 1874) Sidney (b. 1881), Mabel (b. 1882), Cyril (b. 1888), Susie (b. 1890), Gladys (b. 1892) and Ruby (b. 1895).
Philip appears on the 1881 census living at Auckland House, St Lawrence, Jersey and his father was described as a farmer of 18 acres. They would be listed as living at Pissol Farm, St Brelade, Jersey by the time of the 1891 census. His mother later passed away and his father was remarried to a lady named Amelia (b. 1863 in Grouville, Jersey). At the time of the 1901 census Philip and his family were living at Grey Road (?), Gorey, Jersey. Philip was described as a baker's assistant. When he went to sea is unclear and he would be absent from the 1911 census.
When he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, Philip gave his address as 2 Windsor Terrace, (Southampton). He had previously served on the Kinfauns Castle. His wages as an able seaman were £5 per month.
Vigott was rescued in lifeboat 13.
Philip Vigott from a 1921 identity card
(National Archives, courtesy of Michael Poirier)
Philip Vigott never married and continued to serve at sea during WWI and into the 1920s and beyond. He was a membr of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows (a friendly society). Among the ship he served aboard were the Norman, Walmer Castle, Stirling Castle and Winchester Castle.
He died in Southampton on 2 July 1941 leaving an estate valued at £770.
Articles and Stories
Jersey Morning News (1912)
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Paul Lee, UK
Michael Poirier, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Bill Wormstedt, USA
References and SourcesEngland and Wales Census 1881,1891,1901
Morning Star (Jersey) May 21st 1912
Colonel Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic. New York, Mitchell Kennerley
Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar
National Archives CR1,CR2,CR10 identity card