Mr Einar Windeløv

Einar Windelov

Mr Einer Windeløv was born 29 December 1890 in Nyköbing, Odsherred, Själland (Zealand), Denmark, the son of Hans (b. 21 October 1857), a hotel manager, and Anna Hansine (nee Hansen, b. 3 September 1867) Windelöv. His parents had married 2 April 1890 at Holbaek, Nyköbing, Själland, Denmark.

He had a sister, Magda Johanne (b. 16 August 1892) and he seems to have had a step-brother, named Aage.

He had apparently been in Argentina and South Africa, but in September 1911 he was back in Denmark, working as an apprentice in a shop. According to unverified family stories, he had had an affair with a young girl and it is alluded at that they had a son together, born in September 1911.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton. He was travelling with Hans Givard and Martin Ponesell, although the other two were travelling in second class.

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


Comment and discuss

  1. Mette McCall said:

    I'm looking for information on Einar Windeløv, 3rd class Danish passenger who perished in the sinking. - I'm writing a book on the Danes aboard. Here on ET it says that his last residence was Capetown: But for some reason the bio won't open (will notify editor) I know Einar immigrated from Denmark in either late 1911 or early 1912, so it's a complete mystery to me what he was doing in Cape Town. We know he had an uncle in Hampton Iowa that he was possibly on his... Read full post

  2. Bob Godfrey said:

    The passenger lists circulated at the Titanic Inquiry do indeed have Windeløv as previously resident in Capetown, but the plot thickens. According to researcher Debbie Beavis he had arrived in Southampton on the Royal Mail Lines steamer Aragon - from Argentina, where he had been working for at least a year! He was one of 11 passengers on the Aragon bound for the Titanic, and the only one not listed as an alien transmigrant.

  3. Mette McCall said:

    Dear Bob, Yes, the plot thickens indeed! Where did you get the info reg. Debbie Beavis? Is it in her passenger list book? I'm of course very interested in finding out more..In the meantime, I established that the "uncle" in Hampton Iowa is a cousin of Einar's dad - so my theory of him going to Iowas is probably less likely. Lester Mitcham informs me that: Looking at Craig Stringer's CD he say Einar had been born in Finland, was living in London and had found work as a dairyman. - To me reads as if he could have been going to America as a dairyman as I do not think he would have been... Read full post

  4. Mette McCall said:

    and btw: we know that the Finland information from Craig Stinger is incorrect as I have Einar's birth data from Danish church records.

  5. Bob Godfrey said:

    Your man was certainly Danish, so I suspect confusion at some point of his birthplace of Nykøbing in Denmark with Nykobina in Finland. As for his being a dairyman in London, that was entirely possible as the word was generally applied not so much to farmers as to those who sold and delivered milk in towns and cities. I would say that it most generally implied the owner of such a business - or perhaps in this case somebody with ambitions in that direction. The employees who delivered from door to door were known simply as milkmen. Yes, Debbie's info is from her book Who Sailed on... Read full post

  6. Mette McCall said:

    Thanks again Bob! Would it be possible for you to quote exactly what Debbie says reg. Einar (I'll contact her as well) and him coming from Argentina?

  7. Bob Godfrey said:

    As a writer you'll know that I can't quote at length from Debbie's book, but it's clear that she was using information from BoT passenger lists for incoming vessels. For the Aragon, this included "Einar Windelin (sic), a 21-year old Danish labourer who had spent at least the previous 12 months living in the Argentine". There's nothing more than that in the book, but it would be worth making contact with Debbie in case she has anything more - the date of arrival, for instance. Debbie implies that Einar was not classed as a transmigrant - ie an arrival travelling on a through ticket and... Read full post

  8. Bob Godfrey said:

    Mette, in case you need any help making contact there's a link for private messaging on Debbie's membership profile page.

  9. Mette McCall said:

    Thanks Bob, I've contacted Debbie. I've just talked to a grand child of Einar's older brother, Aage Windeløv. He confirmed that the family did not know much about when and why Einar left Denmark other than it had something to do with a love affair. The family does confirm that he was in South Africa as well though, but again not sure of when and why. I'm still at a loss as to WSL would list him as a British subject - A Dane traveling from Argentina? Also, why did several passengers from South America travel to the US - via Southampton? Seems like a very roundabout way to go, wouldn't... Read full post

  10. Bob Godfrey said:

    Sorry, I gave the wrong impression. Meant to emphasize that Einar seemed not to be listed as a transmigrant; he must surely have been considered an alien, as his nationality was always recorded as Danish. The Aragon would have set out from Buenos Aires, calling at Montivedeo and various ports in Brazil before crossing the Atlantic to Madeira and eventually to Southampton. Maybe it would have taken longer to get to New York along the coastal route - there were many more potential ports of call in the Caribbean and along the US Atlantic seaboard. Or the services were perhaps less... Read full post

  11. Mette McCall said:

    Bob, thanks as always for your input! Reg. the Argentinian route, I'll try and see if I can dig up more info on Aragon and the route it took, what it was like to sail on this boat, etc. If you have any obvious ideas of where to start my research don't hesitate to let me know. I'll of course share anything I find out too. Btw our book is now set to come out on April 15 next year.

  12. Bob Godfrey said:

    The Aragon's advertised route in detail was usually: Beunos Aires - Montevideo - Santos - Rio de Janeiro - Bahia - Pernambuco - (Atlantic crossing)- Madeira - Lisbon - Vigo - Cherbourg - Southampton. You might want to check out Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop. The title is misleading - the book actually is a memoir of Violet's long career at sea as a stewardess. It contains very little about the Titanic but it does include her memories of working on Royal Mail Line ships on the South American run a few years previously. Violet had been born in Argentina to Irish parents, so her... Read full post

  13. Bob Godfrey said:

    One more thing - you probably already have this from Debbie, but in case not the date the Aragon arrived at Southampton with Windeløv, Givard and Ponnesil on board was 6 April.

  14. Mette McCall said:

    Great idea! I have Violet Jessop's book next to me on my desk..Was going to read it for insights into saloon stewards (for the chapter on Charles Valdemar Jensen) but now I see the South American Run chapter - this will definitely be helpful in understanding the Argentinian passage..

  15. Annette Christiansen said:

    Dear Mette, I've just seen this today and can provide some additional information - he must have been in Denmark until about december 1910. His occupation was in september 1911 apprentice in a store of some kind. In my family we have been told, that his father sent him off to USA after an affair with a local young girl (16½ years old). She was sent to Copenhagen to her sister (my paternal grandmother), where she in september 1911 gave birth to a boy. (The boy was raised by her parents and never lived by his mother). So it is not so strange, that it is not mentioned in the local... Read full post

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Peter Engberg, Sweden
Klaus Egvang, Denmark
Leif Snellman, Finland

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Einar Windeløv (ref: #1307, last updated: 14th January 2018, accessed 5th June 2020 05:28:50 AM)