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Milton Clyde Long

Milton Clyde Long
Milton Clyde Long

Mr Milton Clyde Long was born in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts on 19 October 1882.

He was the only child of Charles Leonard Long (b. 1851), a county judge, and Harriet Frances Clyde (b. 1857), both Massachusetts natives of Lowell and Fall River respectively who were married on 15 December 1880.

Milton appears on the 1900 census living with his family at 42 Pearl Street, Springfield and it was indicated that he was still at school. By the time of the 1910 census the family are still at the same address and Milton, who was unmarried, was described as a clerk in a law firm. Whilst it is understood that he attended Harvard and Columbia Law Schools it is not clear if he graduated from either institution.

Milton applied for a passport in July 1907, describing himself as a clerk; physically he stood at 5' 10" and was of fair complexion with brown hair, grey-blue eyes, a thin face, an aquiline (prominent or hook) nose and average mouth, forehead and chin. He applied for another passport in December 1909 and by which time he was described as a student.

In June 1911 Long was aboard the SS Spokane when she ran aground and was wrecked in Seymour Narrows, British Columbia.

Having spent a period in Europe, Milton Long boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113501 which cost £30) and occupied cabin D6; he was travelling alone.

On the evening of 14 April he met Jack Thayer over after-dinner coffee and following the collision he stuck by the Thayer family. He and Jack stood on the starboard side and watched the loading of the lifeboats. When all but two of the collapsible boats had left the ship Thayer stated that he and Long chose to stay back from the free-for-all situation that was happening, with apparently anyone free to go in one of the last two boats. Having witnessed several boats launched precariously, which they were surprised reached the water intact, he and Long feared that those last two boats would overturn on launching and elected to remain aboard the ship, preferring to take their chances there. They stood by a starboard railing amidships, talking over many things and trying to avoid the crowds. Thayer suggested climbing down some empty falls but Long talked him out of this. However, as the situation worsened and the ship began to sink lower Milton said his goodbyes and climbed over the railing and slid down the side of the ship; Jack Thayer never saw him again.

Milton Long died in the sinking and his body was later recovered (#126). His remains were forwarded to Springfield on 30 April 1912 under the care of J. H. Shepherd following the receipt of letters from Judge Long on 23 April and instructions on 24 April.


CLOTHING - Black clothes; flannel vest, and black and white vest; white shirt marked "M. C. L."; handkerchief marked "M. C. L." (monogram), and brown boots.

EFFECTS - Gold wrist watch; gold ring with crest; three gold studs; keys; pocket box; £30.00 in gold; 12s. 1 1/2d. in purse; letter of credit.


He was buried at Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts. A death certificate was issued on 4 May 1912; it stated his profession as "Gentleman of leisure" and his cause of death as drowning.

His father died on 29 April 1930 and his mother on 9 December 1952. Both were buried in Springfield Cemetery with their son.

Research Articles

Titanica! (2017) Shipwrecked again!
Titanic passengers and crew that experienced shipwrecks either before or after the Titanic disaster.

Newspaper Articles

Sunday Union [Springfield, MA] (21 April 1912) How Milton C. Long met his death
Son of Judge and Mrs Charles L. Long

Documents and Certificates

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912, National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).

Graves and Memorials


Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) Titanic's Memorials World-wide: Where they are Located, ISBN 1 871733 05 7
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  1. Nathan Heddle

    Nathan Heddle said:

    I was wonderng wether anybody knew much about Milton Long. I've only seen his name in passing. I know he was a couple of years older than Jack Thayer, that they became friends on the ship, and that Thayer was the last to see him alive when they jumped together. I wondered who he was, who were his people and where he was from etc.

  2. Kritina Johnston

    Kritina Johnston said:

    There's an entry here on ET about him, which gives his place of birth and when he was born, etc. There was also an article about him published in Volume 20 of the THS Commutator. The article was written about the dedication of a new headstone for his grave. The article contained a quote from the Springfield (Massachusetts) Daily Republican from Friday, April 19, 1912: "Milton C. Long was born in this city October 19, 1882, the only son of Judge and Mrs. Charles L. Long, and after studying in local schools attended Harvard and Columbia law school. (There is a caption that states that... Read full post

  3. Nathan Heddle

    Nathan Heddle said:

    Thanks Kritina that was quite helpful, and I should have gone looking at the bios here first, really. The letter that jack Thayer wrote to Long's parents would be great to read, if you don't mind typing it up. Thanks nathan

  4. Edmund Turner

    Edmund Turner said:

    I would certainly be intrested to read the letter Kritina if you wouldn't mind typing it up ED

  5. Kritina Johnston

    Kritina Johnston said:

    Here's the letter, addressed to Judge Charles L. Long of Springfield, Mass., dated April 23, 1912. "My dear Sir: I received your letter this morning. Mother and I were very touched by it. Words cannot express how much we sympathize with you and Mrs. Long. The newspaper clipping is accurate as far as it goes, but it does not give any of the details relating to my short friendship with your son. These I will try to tell you now, giving our own words as I can recall them. I was sitting in the room outside the main dining saloon, waiting for the music to begin. I had dined alone and... Read full post

  6. Kritina Johnston

    Kritina Johnston said:

    There's a word in my post above, "mght", that should be "might". Sorry for the error.

  7. Edmund Turner

    Edmund Turner said:

    Thanks for writing that Kritina , a very intresting letter , I wonder if Mr and Mrs Long ever sent Jack a picture of there son ? Ed

  8. Jason D. Tiller

    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hi Kritina, Thank you for writing that letter. It was very interesting and obviously very sad. I only knew part of it from reading it in ANTR. Thanks again for sharing it. Best regards, Jason

  9. Nathan Heddle

    Nathan Heddle said:

    Thanks Kritina That is quite a poignant letter about someone's last hours. I too wonder if Judge Long sent Jack a picture? nathan

  10. Jason D. Tiller

    Jason D. Tiller said:

    I forgot to mention that I am also curious if Milton Long's parents sent Jack Thayer a picture. Best regards, Jason

  11. Kritina Johnston

    Kritina Johnston said:

    In all honesty I have no idea if pictures were ever engaged. I'd like to think so.

  12. Jason Long

    Jason Long said:

    Hello to all, I'm trying to find out if I have any connection to Milton Clyde Long. I only have a few reasons to even ask.. My name, which is Jason Long and that some of my family, the ones that I know, were born or raised in Massachusetts, my father was one. I have no knowledge in how to find this out and would like as much help as I can get. I know that there is a high percent of families out there that also share this last name. For as long as I can remember, i've always love the sister ships, but mainly the Majestic R.M.S. Titanic. To find that I am related to a passenger on that ship... Read full post

  13. Adam McGuirk

    Adam McGuirk said:

    Hey, I have heard alot on Milton Long, since he was Jack Thayers friend, so does anyone out there know if theres a photo of him. I have never seen one in any book that mentions him or anything. Adam

  14. Daniel Klistorner

    Daniel Klistorner said:

    Adam, There is a photo of Milton Long in existence. I've seen at least one in a Commutator. They published a long article on him, I think it was on the occasion of opening up a memorial for him. I wish I could offer more assistance, but this is all I know. Daniel.

  15. Brandon Whited

    Brandon Whited said:

    I have also wondered if there was a photograph available. I find it strange that he is often mentioned, and yet they never show an image of him. Up until Daniel's post, I was unsure as to whether or not one even existed. It would be interesting to finally see what my favorite passenger's on board friend looked like.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Milton Clyde Long
Age: 29 years 5 months and 27 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Single
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 113501, £30
Cabin No. D6
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 126)
Buried: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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