Master Akar Būlus

Master Akar Būlus was born in Sar’al, Lebanon around 1905.

He was the son of Harry Būlus (b. 1865), a farmer, and Sultānah Rizq (b. circa 1872) and was the brother of Nūr al-'ayn (b. 1902) and had several other older siblings.

His father had emigrated to Kent in Ontario, Canada several years previously and worked as a bus driver for the Rankin House Hotel there but made several trips back to Lebanon. By 1912 he and his family were still working the family farm but it was decided that he, his mother and sister Nūr al-'ayn would join Harry Būlus in Canada.

Akar, his mother and sister departed from their home village in mid-March 1912 before travelling to Marseilles, France via Beirut and onward to Cherbourg. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number £2678 which cost £15, 4s, 11d). Travelling with them were a number of others from their locality, including Kātrīn Yūsuf, née Rizq, and her two young children and Bākhūs Rafūl-Būlus.

Akar Būlus, his mother and sister were lost in the sinking. Their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.


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References and Sources

Leila Salloum Elias (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers. Atlas, ISBN
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Akar Būlus (ref: #687, last updated: 10th August 2017, accessed 28th October 2020 11:08:46 AM)