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Robert Triggs

Mr Robert Triggs was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England around 1871.1 Little is known about his early life and it is not clear if he ever married or had children.

Merchant seaman records describe him as standing at 5' 10" with brown hair, grey eyes and a dark complexion and he sported numerous tattoos: an anchor and woman on his left forearm, a woman and a dagger on his right forearm and an anchor and star on his right hand.

When he signed on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912 Triggs gave his local address as 3 Canal Walk, Southampton. His previous ship had been the Maise and as a fireman he could expect monthly wages of £6.

Triggs survived the sinking (in which boat is unclear, some researchers place him in lifeboat 3). He was not called to testify at either the British or American Inquiries into the sinking and following a brief spell of illness after the disaster he returned to his seafaring life.

In October 1913 Triggs was working as a fireman aboard SS Rotorua, bound for New Zealand. Upon his return to Britain and with Europe at war he joined the Army Service Corps and was sent to France. He survived the conflict and returned to working at sea throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s.

Triggs' final ship was the British Enterprise; he departed her due to illness on 1 January 1931 and was sent to the Tynemouth Infirmary in Northumberland. He died there several days later1; he is not known to have had any surviving relatives.

Robert was buried on the 10th January 1931 in Preston cemetery, Tynemouth, Tyneside in section Gen E, plot 7247 in an unmarked grave.


  1. He gave his age as 40 when he signed on to the Titanic. He age at death was recorded as 58.
  2. Date of death not certain but sometime between 1 January 1931 and 10 January 1931; his obituary was published on 10 January 1931 but gives no indication as to the exact date he died upon.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Robert Triggs
Age: 41 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Last Residence: at 3 Canal Walk Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Maise
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Buried: Preston Cemetery, Preston, Northumberland, England on Saturday 10th January 1931

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References and Sources

Shields Daily News, 10 January 1931, Obituary
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People, CD-ROM
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List

Newspaper Articles

Shields Daily News (10 January 1931) Robert Trigg : Echo of Titanic Disaster
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  1. susan triggs

    susan triggs said:

    I recently found out that a Robert Triggs of 3 Canal Walk, Southampton, was a fireman/stoker aboard the Titanic. He survived and I was wondering whether anyone knew anything about him. I know that he was born in 1872 and he may have been in life boat 3. The reason for the interest, is I've been intrigued by the Titanic since I watched "A Night to remember" in 1984 when I was 10. I looked at the list of crew and found Robert Triggs's name. Please advise! Susan Triggs

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