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Al-Amīr Fāris Shihāb

Al-Amir Shihab

Mr Al-Amīr Fāris Shihāb (Al Amir Fares Chehab) was born in al Hadath, Beirut, Syria (now Lebanon) around 1886.

He was born into an affluent family and was the son of Amīr Fāris ibn Sayyid Ahmad ibn Haydar Mūsa and Marwa al-Shihābī and had two known brothers, Najīb and Hāris, and a sister Helene. He was married to a lady named Hind Abi Yāghī but had no children.

A gifted musician, Fāris was on his way to New York to pursue a career in that field. He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger on 10 April 1912 (ticket number 2631 which cost £7, 4s, 6d).

Reportedly fluent in English, Fāris may have helped explain the situation that was developing on the night of 14 April to his fellow countrymen whose speech were perhaps limited only to Arabic and French.

Al-Amīr Fāris Shihāb died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His widow Hind and his widowed mother benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund.

His family home in Beirut is now the Brazilian Embassy and a plaque on an exterior wall of the building remembers Fāris Shihāb.


Sometimes listed as Chehab (or Shihab) Emir-Farres

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
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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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Al-Amīr Fāris Shihāb
Born: circa.1886 in Beirut, Syria
Age: 26 years (Male)
Nationality: Syrian Lebanese
Last Residence: in Beirut, Syria
Occupation: General Labourer
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2631, £7 4s 6d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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