Mr Frank Dwan

Courtesy of the Dwan family and Senan Molony

Frank Dwan was born in the parish of Fourmilewater in Clogheen, Co Waterford, Ireland around late 1846 and baptised in January 1847.

Born into a Roman Catholic family he was the son of Thomas Dwan (b. 1824) and Alice Trehy and had one known sibling, his elder sister Bridget (b. 1843).

He was married to Bridget Walsh (b. 1843) in 1867 and they had eight children, of whom four survived. Their known children were: Bridget (b. 1868), Catherine (b. 1871), Alice (b. 1874), Michael (b. 1878), Ellen (b. 1880) and Daniel (b. 1883).

A fisherman by trade, Dwan, his wife and son Daniel, a rural postman, were listed on the 1901 census residing at an unspecified address in Knockmahon, Co Waterford; he and his wife would still be at a Knockmahon address by the time of the 1911 census and the records indicate that although Frank spoke both English and Irish he was illiterate. By 1911 his son Daniel lived at 9 Kilmurrin, Annestown, Co Waterford with his wife Johanna (née Fleming) and their children.

Several of his children lived in America and he decided to make a visit and  boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 336439, £7, 15s). He was travelling to Morris Plains, New Jersey where his daughter Alice (Mrs William Murphy) and son Michael and their families lived.

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

What became of his widow Bridget is not certain although she may have died in Kilmacthomas, Waterford in 1920. He still has living descendents on both sides of the Atlantic, many still living in Bunmahon, Co Waterford.



Frank Dwan Titanic Memorial

Articles and Stories

Newark Evening News (1912) 
Waterford News (1912) 


Gavin Bell, UK
Alan Dwan,Ireland
Noel Ray, Ireland
Senan Molony, Ireland

References and Sources

Senan Molony (1999) The Irish Aboard Titanic. Wolfhound Press, Dublin ISBN 0 86327 805 1 Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Link and cite this biography

(2017) Frank Dwan Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #790, updated 13th November 2017 08:30:57 AM)

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