Mr Mauritz Ådahl 1 was born in Asarum, Blekinge, Sweden on 15 June 1881.
He was the son of Ola Månsson and Elna Persdotter (b. 1840). He had one known sibling, a sister named Ellen (b. 1879).
Mauritz worked as a carpenter and later emigrated to the USA in 1903, settling in Manhattan. He was married there on 6 October 1907 to Emilie Grönelund (b. 1881), a native of Västerbotten, and they had two daughters: Vera (b. 1908) and Georgia (b. 1910). The family appeared on the 1910 census living in Brooklyn.
Mauritz's wife was never comfortable living in America and in early 1911 returned to Sweden with her two daughters, Mauritz following them the following Christmas following the death of his father in May 1911. They resettled in Asarum where they intended building a house and Mauritz continued to work as a carpenter and helped to provide for his widowed mother but intended returning to America to earn more money to help build his family's new home.
For the return to the USA Mauritz travelled with John Holm and on their way to Denmark they met Adelia Landergren from Karlshamn whom they encouraged to travel with them. None of them had originally planned to take the Titanic but due to the recent coal strike they were transferred. They boarded as third class passengers in Southampton on 10 April 1912. Mauritz held ticket number C 7076 for which the fare was £7, 5s.
After the collision Mauritz and John Holm helped Adelia up to the boat deck and saw her off in lifeboat 13 but did not follow.
Ådahl died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the MacKay-Bennett (#72). On him they found his watch that had stopped at 2.34, 14 minutes after Titanic sunk. He was buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
NO. 72 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 30 - HAIR FAIR; MOUSTACHE LIGHT
CLOTHING - Dark suit; brown socks; striped shirt; singlet marked "M.A."; no other marks.
EFFECTS - Silver watch and chain; pipe; book; comb; knife; key chain; sleeve-links; ring marked "MA"; 100 kroner.
THIRD CLASS TICKET NO. 7076 - NAME - MAURITZ ADAHL
The Mansion House Fund paid 1784.58 Kr (£98) to his wife and children on 23 January 1913 and 509.8 Kr (£28) to his mother on the same day. Further damages of 6006 Kr (£325) were paid to the wife, children and mother on 10 October 1914.
Emelie probably knew that Mauritz had been buried at sea but had never told the children. When the Ådahl's grandchildren planned to visit the grave in Halifax they were shocked to discover the truth. During a recent expedition on the vessel Nadir a wreath-laying ceremony was held on deck for Mauritz. After Mauritz's death Emelia lived in destitution and had to earn her living among other things by sewing flags. She died in 1947.
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
- Frequently incorrectly listed as Mauritz Nils Martin Ådahl, likely being confused with another Swedish passenger Nils Martin Ödahl. No middle names were listed on Ådahl's birth record.
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988,
1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books