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Henry Damsgaard Hansen

Mr Henry Damsgaard (Damgaard or Damgård) Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 May 1891 the son of bookkeeper Marius Christian (b. 16 May 1856 in Ringköbing), and Ane Marie Hansen (nee Christensen; b. 13 July 1858 in Lemvig). His parents had married 16 November 1878 at Norlem, Ringköbing, Denmark. He was christened 19 July 1891 in the Church of Denmark tradition. 

His known siblings were Agnes Elvine Christine, b. 21 September 1881 in Ringköbing (later Mrs. Bechgård), and Hjalmar Einar August, b. 12 August 1883 in Copenhagen.

In 1901, the family lived at Victoriagade (Victoria Street) in Copenhagen. 

In 1911, he lived at Vestergade, Lemvig, Ringköbing, Denmark, where he had been working as a shopkeeper (draper?), he had been living there for a year having previously spent time living in Svendborg.   His occupation was noted as a ’’manufacturist’’ in Danish, which might indicate he was a factory worker.  He was a graduate from technical college in Copenhagen.

Intent on visiting his brother in New York, Hansen boarded Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 350059, which cost £7, 17s, 1d).

Henry Hansen died in the sinking and his body (#69) was later recovered by the MacKay-Bennett:


CLOTHING - Dark suit; black boots and socks.

EFFECTS - Silver watch, chain and charm; empty purse; cigarette case; pocket book with tickets; money order for $12; bills for $9.00; 10 kroner.


The body was buried at sea on 24 April 1912 and his effects returned to his mother.

Henry's mother Marie Hansen, who lived in Ringkøbing but was in Copenhagen at the time, apparently fainted when she saw a poster reporting the sinking of the Titanic. She later received £20 in compensation from the Daily Telegraph Fund and in January 1913 received a further £50 from the Mansion House Relief Fund.

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0

Newspaper Articles

Unidentified Newspaper MRS HANSEN STILL IN BED
Titanic Survivor in Precarious Condition
Racine Journal News (24 April 1912) Why didn't they let me die? Cries Mrs Hanson
Thought husband safe, or would have died in sea
Kenosha Telegraph-Courier (2 May 1912) MRS. HANSON IS HOME
Former Kenosha Woman Who Was on the Titanic Arrives in Racine
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Henry Damsgaard Hansen
Age: 20 years 10 months and 24 days (Male)
Nationality: Danish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation: Manufacturer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 350059, £7 17s 1d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 69)
Buried at Sea, on Wednesday 24th April 1912

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