Mr Reuben Robert Triggs

Mr Reuben Robert Triggs (Fireman) was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in the latter half of 1873.

He was the son of Reuben Triggs (b. 1836), a ship's fireman and a Naval pensioner, and Fanny Hare (b. 1852), natives of Hampshire and London respectively. His known siblings were: Sarah A (b. 1875), Edward (b. 1877), Charles (b. 1879), Robert (b. 1880).

The 1881 census shows the family living at 6 Copper Street in Portsea, Hampshire and by 1891 Reuben was serving in the Royal Navy, working as a crewmember aboard the St Vincent in Portsmouth Harbour.

He was married in 1896 to Lilla Louise Baverstock (b. 1875), also a native of Portsmouth and the couple made their home at 69 Binsteed Road, Landport, appearing there on the 1901 and 1911 census records with Reuben being described as a seaman in the Royal Navy on both occasions. They would have six daughters: Lilla May (b. 1899) Gwendoline Kate (b. 1902), Rubina Ethel (b. 1906), Lena Florence (b. 1908), Irene G. (b. 1911) and Iris E (b. 1916).

Prior to sailing on the Titanic, Robert had been a fireman on the Maise.  When he signed on to the Titanic on 4th April he gave his age as 40.1

He lived at 3 Canal Walk, Southampton.

Robert Triggs survived the sinking of the Titanic, probably leaving in lifeboat 3.

A group of fireman jumped into the bow of the boat as it was being made ready for lowering... once in the water the firemen called instructions to those rowing to the indignation of First class passenger, Margaretta Spedden.

Robert Triggs returned to sea. In August 1920 he was serving as a fireman aboard the Aquitania, travelling to New York, along with fellow Titanic survivor, William Clarke. He is also listed serving on the British General, Canadian Prospector, Colonia, Eastgate, War Afridi, Murex, San Florentino, British Trader, Homeric and Pendeen.  In March 1921 he was listed as a fireman aboard the Imperator.

He lost his wife in 1929. Reuben died in Portsmouth in 1945 aged 72.

Gavin Bell, UK

Robert was 5’10” tall and had tattoos of an anchor and a woman's breast on left forearm. Woman and dagger on right forearm. Star on right hand and ship on chest.
References and Sources
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People (CD ROM)
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Crew Lists, Series III: Titanic. BT 100/259 and 100/260.
National Archives, Crew Identity cards (Discharge No. 680483)

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