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Edgar Samuel Andrew

Edgar Samuel Andrew
Edgar Samuel Andrew

Mr Edgar Samuel Andrew was born in "El Durazno" (San Ambrosio), Province of Córdoba, Argentina, on 28 March 1895, the son of English parents, Samuel and Annie (Robson) Andrew, from Whitby, Yorkshire.

On 5 May 1911, Edgar arrived in New York from Argentina on board the Vasari to visit his brother Alfredo. He would then go on to study in Bournemouth, England. A year later he was invited by Alfredo to attend to his wedding in the USA and, eventually, stay for a working position in his fiancée's (Harriet White Fisher) company (Fisher & Norris Anvil Works, of Trenton, New Jersey). He was supposed to board the Oceanic but owing to a coal strike he was forced to change his ticket and go aboard the Titanic instead.

On April 8, 1912, Edgar wrote a moving letter to his friend Josey Cowan from Argentina:

You figure Josey I had to leave on the 17th this (month) aboard the "Oceanic", but due to the coal strike that steamer cannot depart, so I have to go one week earlier on board the "Titanic". It really seems unbelievable that I have to leave a few days before your arrival, but there's no help for it, I've got to go. You figure, Josey, I am boarding the greatest steamship in the world, but I don't really feel proud of it at all, right now I wish the 'Titanic' were lying at the bottom of the ocean.

On the morning of Wednesday, 10 April 1912, Edgar arrived in Southampton by train and boarded the Titanic as a second-class passenger (ticket no. 231945, £11 10s). On the afternoon of that same day, while on their way to Cherbourg, Edgar bought a postcard in the barbershop, which was sent to his brother Wilfred on the farm in San Ambrosio. Later on, in the reading and writing room, he wrote:

"From this colossal ship I'm pleased to greet you. I'll be arriving in Ireland today, where I will spend a few hours. On its first trip I'm inaugurating this... (illegible)." - Edgardo.

Edgar Samuel Andrew Titanic Postcard
Courtesy of Enrique Dick, Patricia Andrew, Argentina

Edgar Samuel died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. Both, the postcard and the letter have remained in the family.

In April 2001 RMS Titanic inc. salvor in possession of the Titanic wreck found a suitcase belonging to Edgar Andrew and restored its contents which included a school book bearing his name.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Edgar Samuel Andrew
Age: 17 years and 18 days (Male)
Nationality: English Argentinian
Marital Status: Engaged to Harriet White Fisher
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 231945, £11 10s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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References and Sources

American Family Immigration Center, Ellis Island: Passenger Manifest: Varesi
RMS Titanic inc. Press Release, April 9, 2001

Documents and Certificates

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912, National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53

Miscellaneous

Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912, National Archives, London; BT 27/780B)
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  1. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    By the way--I'll bring the photo of Edith Evans and make its first public showing at our lunch/dinner. Quite a good picture--but different than I had expected her to look. Phil

  2. Colleen Collier

    Colleen Collier said:

    Doug. (sigh) You're right. It's George's fault. He brings out the worst in us all. Chased Nestor off after 6 posts.

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  3. Geoff Whitfield

    Geoff Whitfield said:

    So that's one down - eight to go!! Geoff (busy practising fruitcake eating for my party piece!!)

  4. Nestor Diaz

    Nestor Diaz said:

    No one chased me off, I'm still here. I'm a really tough man, not even all the Geoffs in the world could keep me away!!! :-) Ok, I'll post my one-liners here: "I'll be back!" "Hasta la vista, baby!" :-) Nestor

  5. Nestor Diaz

    Nestor Diaz said:

    So I guess that was a real Terminator post. I didn't mean to scare everyone off like that!... And you haven't even seen my face yet!!! :-) Anyway, I hope I didn't offend Geoff, it was just a bad joke, like the ones I usually do... Best regards, Nestor

  6. George Behe

    George Behe said:

    Isn't it strange how Geoff's name is always mentioned whenever the subject of bad jokes comes up? :-) George

  7. Colleen Collier

    Colleen Collier said:

    Sorry Nestor. I just got back from 2 days of computer internet depravation therapy...(AKA field work.) if YOU chaased Geoff away, after 7 posts, we all will be asking for pointers.

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  8. Geoff Whitfield

    Geoff Whitfield said:

    Nestor "offend Geoff" Ye Gods boy, you haven't seen how the rest of the people on this Board treat me! George, bad jokes? I thought they meant bad breath! Regards Geoff

  9. Nestor Diaz

    Nestor Diaz said:

    Hi Geoff, God's boy here! ;-) I'm glad you and your bad jokes are still there!!! Best regards, Nestor

  10. Henning Pfeifer

    Henning Pfeifer said:

    Hi all, this really well done website contains many informations about passenger Edgardo Andrew (from Argentina). In a letter from April 8th he wrote that he wished the Titanic were lying at the bottom of the ocean. (Website, chapter 4) Two days later he praised the Titanic as a "colossal ship" on a postcard he mailed in Queenstown. In 2001 his suitcase was found and salvaged (to be read in the news section). Best regards Henning

  11. Mette McCall

    Mette McCall said:

    Just tried to access the website of Edgardo Andrew, but the link is no longer working, anyone know what happened to it?

  12. Michael H. Standart

    Michael H. Standart said:

    The website you attempted to access may no longer exist. George Behe posted the link nine years ago and a lot of websites have come and gone since then.

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Acknowledgements

Patricia Andrew, Argentina
Enrique Dick, Argentina