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James Fraser

James Fraser

James Fraser was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1882 but his exact background is uncertain 1.

He served his apprenticeship with Barry, Henry & Co. of Aberdeen and upon completion served for two years on ships operated by Langlands & Sons, following which he joined the White Star Line as sixth engineer aboard the Adriatic in October 1907. He held a first class Engineer's Certificate.

He was married around 1906 to Florence Jane Stephen (b. 1882), a native of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland. The couple would have two children, a daughter named Florence Stephen (b. 1910) and a son named James (b. 1912). The family appear on the 1911 census living at 54 Tennyson Road, Portswood, Southampton and James was described as a marine engineer.

When he signed on to the Titanic¸ on 6 April 1912, James gave his address as 54 Tennyson Road, (Southampton) and his previous ship as the Adriatic. As junior assistant 3rd engineer he could expect monthly wages of £11, 10s.

James Fraser died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His widow Florence never remarried and remained living in Southampton, later at 14 Southcliff Road. She died on 5 February 1933.

His daughter Florence never married and remained in Southampton for the rest of her life. She died in 2002.

His son James later became a clerk. Following the outbreak of WWII he served in the Navy, training at HMS Collingwood. In a curious twist of fate he was on board the HMS Belmont, a British destroyer, when that ship was torpedoed off the coast of Newfoundland and sunk on 31 January 1942, resulting in the loss of her entire crew of 138 persons. He was 29, the same age as his father had been when he died, also off the coast of Newfoundland.


  1. A 1912 newspaper report (Aberdeen Daily Journal, 17 April 1912) states his father was named James Fraser and a resident of 85 Menzies Road. The 1901 Scotland census describes a James Cameron Fraser, of the correct age, born in Aberdeen and a resident of 45 Nelson Street in that city. His occupation was described as an apprentice mechanical engineer. His parents were listed, however, as Alexander Fraser and Jessie Ann (née Reid).

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr James Fraser
Age: 30 years (Male)
Nationality: Scottish
Marital Status: Married to Florence Jane Stephen
Last Residence: at 54 Tennyson Road Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Adriatic
Embarked: Belfast on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Aberdeen Daily Journal (17 April 1912) Aberdeen Engineer Aboard


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Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund : James Fraser

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Letter from Fraser's daughter


(1912) Minute Book of the White Star Company: James Fraser

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  1. Patricia Newman

    Patricia Newman said:

    James was the son of James Fraser a tinsmith and his wife Rachel Gregory Lee. His mother died in childbirth when James was 2 years old. In 1890, James Snr remarried and young James gained a stepmother, Elizabeth Eliza Kinkaid. When James Snr learned of the sinking of Titanic, he is reported to have said "the greatest ship in the world has gone down and my son has gone with her".

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