Mr Johannes Josef Van de Velde

Mr Joannes Joseph Van de Velde was born on 4th August 1876. While his given name was Joannes, he was usually called Joseph. Unlike most of the other Belgians on the Titanic, he had been to America before, and this journey would be his third visit.

He was a weaver with his own weaving loom like Alphonse De Pelsmaeker's father. Like the latter, he had been out of work because of the textile mill competition in Ninove and Aalst.

He married in 1898 to Marie Baudar, who worked as a seamstress in Denderhoutem. The couple had four children.

Van de Velde had been convinced by the local White Star agency to travel to America and earn good money as a farm hand. It was speculated that it was Van de Velde who convinced the others from the Denderhoutem area to come with him to America since he had already experienced it. Marie Van de Velde accompanied her husband on foot to the train station to see he and the others off.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 345780, £9 10s).

Van de Velde died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Shortly after the sinking, survivor Theodor De Mulder paid a visit to Marie Van de Velde and her family. According to the Van de Velde descendants, De Mulder comforted Marie and spoke words of comfort, plus relaying the last days he spent with her husband.

 

Comment and discuss

  1. AJ V said:

    That was my great Uncle. His brother William Van De Velde is my Grandfather. My name is Anthony Van de Velde Sr.

  2. AnthonyPereiraCosta said:

    I was given a "boarding pass" with his name on it when I went to the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada in 2007. Strangely enough, I've always felt a connection to Belgium because of that! My condolences to the Van de Velde family.

  3. AnthonyPereiraCosta said:

    My name is Anthony too, and I got your great-uncle on the card I was given as part of a Titanic museum exhibit I went to see. Everyone is given a card with the name of a real Titanic passenger, and your great uncle was the one on my card. Best regards, from Canada.

  4. Judy Van De velde Bond said:

    I believe he was my great grandfather's brother.

  5. AnthonyPereiraCosta said:

    Hello Anthony

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Credits

Herman DeWulf, Belgium
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Georges Picavet, Belgium
Kassandra Picavet, Belgium

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Herman De Wulf and Michael A. Findlay (1998) The Belgians and the Titanic. Voyage. #27
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Johannes Josef Van de Velde (ref: #1277, last updated: 4th February 2016, accessed 3rd August 2020 01:41:24 AM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/johannes-josef-van-de-velde.html