Mr John Horgan

Mr "John Horgan" boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third-class passenger (ticket number 370377, £7 15s). In common with some other Irish passengers he had been originally booked to sail on the Cymric on 7th April 1912, but when that sailing was cancelled they were transferred to the Titanic.  His residence and destination are unknown although his ticket was bought in Limerick.

Horgan does not appear in any known newspaper articles and no compensation claims were paid. His identity remains a mystery1. It is possible he travelled with Pat Dooley who held the preceding ticket number but this is unconfirmed.  It is speculated that Horgan sold his ticket to someone else (possibly tavern worker Timothy O’Brien or another individual named Landers)2, which would explain the lack of any further record.

"John Horgan" died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. His age has sometimes been given as 22 or 41, the sources are unclear. The passenger list in the National Archives simply states "a" for adult.
  2. The Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund gave financial support to a victim's mother named Landers but it is unknown which victim this compensation relates to.  A James Landers was working as a servant in the same house as O'Brien in the 1911 census, it has been speculated that Horgan sold the ticket onto O'Brien who then sold it onto Landers (some of whose siblings had previously emigrated), and that is was Landers that travelled and was lost, hence the payment.

Comment and discuss

  1. Lester Mitcham said:

    Amongst the Belfast Cases mentioned in the Titanic Relief Fund booklet of March 1913 is an entry which reads: Case No P.171 Landers, dependant: mother. I am seeking any further information on this case which on this web-site links the name of John Horgan to that of Landers.

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Senan Molony, Ireland

References and Sources

Irish Times (2011) An Irishman's Diary
Irish Central (2011) John Horgan, lost at sea, remains a mystery man
Search archive Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) John Horgan (ref: #879, last updated: 10th February 2021, accessed 25th February 2021 22:59:43 PM)

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