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Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī

Mr Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī 1 was born in Kafr Mishkī, Syria (now Lebanon) around 1883.2 A farmhand, he was the son of Jiryas Tu'mah(?).

Assāf was married to a lady named Sa'īdah (b. 1895) and they had two daughters, Adma and Amaline.

Assāf was travelling with two cousins from Kafr Mishkī, Mariana Assāf and Sulaymān Khalīl 'Atta Allāh and he boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2692 which cost £7, 4s, 6d).

Assāf Jirjis died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Following Assāf's loss his widow Sa'īdah was remarried to a Mr Ayoub, resettled in Ottawa where she became known as Sadie and went on to have a further seven children. She died in 1983 and is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.


  1. Variations of his name on listings include: Joseph Thama al-Sikli, Gerios or Georios Assaf and Gerios-Tamah.
  2. Age disputed; sometimes listed as 20 or 21.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī
Born: circa.1883 in Kafr Mishki, Syria
Age: 29 years (Male)
Nationality: Syrian Lebanese
Last Residence: in Kafr Mishki, Syria
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2692, £7 4s 6d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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References and Sources

Elias, Leila Saloum (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers. Atlas, 2011. ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
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