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Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson was born 14 October 1889 in Vissefjärda, Kalmar County, Sweden.  His parents were Peter Magnus, a minor landowner b. 13 July 1850 at Långasjö, Kronoberg, and Anna Maria (nee Olausdotter; b. 12 April 1850 in Vissefjärda) Johansson. His parents had married 3 April 1880.

His known brothers and sisters were Hulda Serafia, b. 2 December 1882 in Kronoberg County, Carl Uno (1887-1891), Ernst Walfrid, b. 10 November 1884 at Långasjö, Kronoberg County, and Enoch, Erik's twin, b. 14 October 1889.1

The family had moved from Långasjö in Kronoberg County to Vissefjärda in Kalmar County 26 September 1885.

Erik Johansson probably lived with his parents at Frostensmåla, Vissefjärda and he worked as a labourer. He bought his ticket for the Titanic in Copenhagen and boarded the ship at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 350052 which cost £7, 15s, 11d). He did not announce his intentions to the authorities and was thus considered an illegal emigrant. Erik's destination in the USA is, as yet, unknown.  It is possible he was bound for St Paul, Minnesota. His brother Anders had emigrated in 1907 and lived in Cherokee, Iowa.

Erik Johansson died in the sinking. His body (#156) was later found by the crew of the MacKay Bennett. He was probably identified by his ticket number 350052 that was found in his pocket and he was wearing a grey suit but no shoes. He was buried at sea on 24 April 1912.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to parents with a further 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims paid on 16 June 1914.


  1. Another brother, Johan Valfrid, was mentioned, but he may be the same as Ernst Valfrid.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Erik Johansson
Age: 22 years 6 months and 1 day (Male)
Nationality: Swedish
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: General Labourer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 350052, £7 15s 11d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 156)
Buried at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912

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References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#156)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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  1. Andrew J. Kahl

    Andrew J. Kahl said:

    Need info on this man! A body report from the Mackay-Bennett is my main objective! Please and thank you!

  2. Derek Jackson

    Derek Jackson said:

    Hey Andrew, I believe you'll find what you're looking for here: Erik Johansson is listed as body 156. NO. 156. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 25. - HAIR, DARK. CLOTHING - Grey striped suit; no boots. EFFECTS - 1 brass box; knife; coins; purse; pocketbook. THIRD CLASS TICKET N0. 350052. NAME - ERRIC JOHANSEN. He was buried at sea. There is a very short bio at... Read full post

  3. Andrew J. Kahl

    Andrew J. Kahl said:

    Thanks Derek, this is precisely what I wanted!

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