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Lee Ling

Mr Lee Ling, 28, from Hong Kong, was travelling to New York City. He and his eight colleagues were sailors on the Donald Line's Annetta.

While it has been alleged that some or all were stowaways on the Titanic, in fact all eight boarded the Titanic at Southampton as fare-paying third class passengers. Lee Bing, Chang Chip, Choong Foo, Ling Hee, Ah Lam, Len Lam, Fang Lang and Lee Ling travelled together on the same ticket (ticket number 1601, £56 9s 11d)

Lee Ling died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

The story of the six Chinese sailors is told in the 2021 documentary The Six.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Lee Ling
Born: circa.1884
Age: 28 years (Male)
Nationality: Hong Kongese Chinese
Occupation: Seaman
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 1601, £56 9s 11d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Research Articles

Titanica! (2003) Chinese Sailors on the Titanic
Information on the eight Chinese passengers aboard Titanic

Newspaper Articles

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (19 April 1912) Five Celestials Among Rescued
How They Got There a Mystery


John P. Eaton Voyage (2010) Annetta
Donald Line Freighter
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  1. Gavin Bell said:

    I am interested to know what became of the . Does anyone know what happened to them after the disaster, i.e., when they died, where they lived out their days, etc? If anyone can help me please either contact me personally or send the information to Encyclopedia Titanica. Thanks Cameron Bell

  2. Michael Findlay said:

    Dear Cameron, After the Chinese sailors sailed aboard the Anetta, we lose all track of them. My fellow historians and I have tracked down almost all of the surviving passengers, but we undoubtedly agree that the Chinese will be the last to find, if ever at all. Their names appear differently on every official list compiled so their real names may never be known. I have relied on the spellings of their names that appeared on their claims against the White Star Line. These documents are housed at the National Archives in New York City. These documents actually contain their own... Read full post

  3. George Behe said:

    Hi, Cameron! On April 21st the six Chinese survivors sailed for the West Indies on board the steamship Anetta. After that, AFAIK, the Scribe is silent. :-) All my best, George Behe

  4. Hydie Cheung said:

    Hi! My name is Hydie and I am new to this forum. I have been visiting this site for a year already. Such a cool site! I always have this question in my head. Are there any information regarding to the eight Chinese passengers in the third class? Since I was born in Hong Kong, I have a special feeling on these poor souls who were suffering in that terrible disaster in 1912. The only info I know about them is that they were from Hong Kong and they worked as firemen. Does anyone has more information about them?? It would helps. Just out of my curiosity. Thanks!! - Hydie

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    Dave Gittins said:

    Hydie, welcome to our merry band. The Chinese firemen were going to join their ship in the US. I don't seem to have the name of the ship but I have some basic information about some of the men. It's not very legible, so I'll try to make sense of it and pass it on. There really isn't much known though.

  6. Hydie Cheung said:

    Thanks Dave - Hydie

  7. George Behe said:

    Hi, Hydie! The ship that the Chinese passengers were intending to join was the Anetta of the Donald Steamship Co. They sailed on that vessel for the West Indies on April 20th. All my best, George

  8. Hydie Cheung said:

    ^^ West Indies!! Hmm.. that's interesting.. Thanks a lot, George =D - Hydie

  9. Hydie Cheung said:

    So that means they did come to the United States and stayed, huh? Hmmm.. or.. did they? Any extra info about their lives after the disaster? - Hydie

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    Dave Gittins said:

    Hydie, I'm still working on this but the US records show that they had no intention of staying in the US. They are listed as "non-immigrant aliens". Their fares were paid by the Donald Steamship Company. They all originally came from Hong Kong but they seem to have been wandering workers. They gave their last address as London, England. I'm still not happy with the names given on ET and I'm going to consult a Chinese friend.

  11. Hydie Cheung said:

    I see. Thanks for the information Dave! It's make much sense to me that they are wandering workers, for most of the people who took the job as a fireman at that time must be fairly poor. And about the names, it's actually hard to check if they've changed them, for Chinese names often have different translations in English. Thanks a lot of looking up the info for me, Dave! I appreciate it! :D - Hydie

  12. Iain Stuart Yardley said:

    I read somewhere that one of these Chinese men was last known to be living in the north of England and running a restaurant up until the 1960's. It's likely not true though. Cheers, Boz

  13. Hydie Cheung said:

    Wow~ Thanks Boz~ That's very interesting. I am surprise that you guys can get their news, since there are only a very limited info of them after the disaster. Thanks a lot~! Love, Hydie

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    Dave Gittins said:

    I think I've heard the same tale somewhere but I'm pretty certain it's another fairy tale.

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    Dave Gittins said:

    OK, with the help of my Hong Kong educated friend, Rebecca Wong, I am able to provide a corrected list of the Chinese passengers. Many thanks to Rebecca for her knowledge of Chinese tradition. We looked at two primary sources. The oldest is the list of alien passengers who boarded at Southampton. (BT27/780B). This was hand-written and the clerk used a single column containing both surnames and given names. He put the surnames last, as in, for example, Rosa Abbott, so western names appear normal. This is the reverse of Chinese practice, in which surnames are placed first, but the... Read full post

  16. Hydie Cheung said:

    Wow, Dave~ This is very detailed and interesting indeed!! Thank you very much for taking time to do this little research. I'm amazed by how diversed the Titanic passengers are. Incredible informations!! Thank you very much! Always, Hydie

  17. Jeremy Lee said:

    So what happened to the men after the disaster if they left America after the sinking? I think that little research is done on this aspect of Chinese on board the Titanic compared to the others. Another question - were all the Chinese men from Hong Kong?

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    Dave Gittins said:

    The US immigration records merely gives the birthplace of the 6 survivors as China, which covers a bit of real estate. They may have been from Hong Kong, which was a British colony at the time. Presumably they joined their ship and got on with life. Barring something from the Hong Kong papers, they'll remain men of mystery.

  19. Bob Godfrey said:

    A little more from Craig Stringer's Titanic People - the claims against White Star for property loss (using Dave's version of their names): Chang Chip $172.14 Cheong Foo $96.16 Ling Hee $91.05 Fang Lang $137.09 Lee Bing $99.34

  20. Chris Dohany said:

    Ellis Island records give the places of birth of all but one of the surviving sailors as Hong Kong; the remaining man, Lam, is listed as having been born in "Canton," China.

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