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José Joaquim de Brito

Jose Joaquim de Brito was born 16 April 1871 in Loulé, San Clemente, Algarve, Portugal, the son of Franciso José Fonseca and Maria de Brito. He stood 5'3'', had grey eyes and brown hair. He may have been married to a woman named Mariana Teresa do Carmo1.

He had worked for the Loja de Japao (Japanese Shop) which sold carnival costumes and exotic articles and was owned by a Manuel Garcia, a native of Portugal.

It has been stated Mr. De Brito had worked in the field of commerce in Italy. He had also, for the last two years, worked for the banking firm of Pinto Leite & Nephews, with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London. 2

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. He held ticket number 244360, price: £13.  He had previously worked and lived in Sao Paulo and was now going there to join his family but was going there via New York.  His last address was that of Mr Fred Duarte, 34 Mulgrave Street, Liverpool.

Mr de Brito died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

He left a dependent aunt in Portugal and his aged dependent father in Brazil.

Red Cross files: 110. (Portuguese) A young man was lost, leaving a dependent aged aunt in Portugal, working as a 'servant without a salary,' and his aged dependent father in Brazil. All the facts in the case were sent to the English Committee in the interest of the aunt, and $100 was sent for emergency relief to the local Red Cross Society in Brazil, to be used for the father's benefit. This Society has recommended a pension, and an appropriation of $1,400 has been made to be administered by the local American consular agent. ($1,500)


  1. It has not been firmly established that this was his wife.
  2. Strangely, the only Jose de Brito found in England in 1911 was 26 years old and was living as a boarder in the family of commercial clerk John Henry Barker in the St. Pancras area of London. This Jose de Brito was noted as a student. It is not known whether this gentleman in fact was the future Titanic passenger; the age does not match and since he was employed by a bank at the time, it is rather strange to describe him as a 'student' in the census.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr José Joaquim de Brito
Age: 40 years 11 months and 29 days (Male)
Nationality: Portuguese
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 244360, £13
Destination: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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