Nils Johansson

Nils Johansson

Mr Nils Johansson was born 4 July 1881 at Ulfberga, Hallaryd, Kronoberg County, Sweden the son of Johannes Johansson 1 and Ingjer Eriksdotter 2

His parents had married 15 April 1879 and he seems to have had no brothers or sisters. He had moved to Svaneryd with his parents in 1890.

Nils Johansson had been a machine smith in the USA (probably Chicago) for some eight years and had visited Sweden to bring back his fiancé Olga Lundin.

Travelling from Sweden via Denmark he bought his ticket for the Titanic in Copenhagen. He boarded at Southampton as a third class passenger with his travelling companions Pål Andreasson, Albert Augustsson, Karl Jonsson and Olga Lundin. His destination was the home of his uncle Oscar Benson at 110 North Ashland Block, Chicago.

On the Titanic Olga Lundin could not stand the sea and so that she could get a better cabin Nils paid the extra fare and she moved to second class. His last words to Olga when her lifeboat was lowered was "Send my regards to father and mother." Johansson died in the sinking, his body was never found.

Nils Johansson from a Danish Newspaper (26 April 1912)

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to the parents. 1848 Kr (£100) damage claims paid to parents, Oct. 5 1914.

Johansson had claimed to his parents that he was joint owner of a factory and property and that he had a life insurance for $1000. A John Hedman, 1716 Marple St. Brainard, Minnesota was taking care of the insurance payments while he was away. Investigations in 1913 showed that the insurance in "Modern Brotherhood of America" was worthless, there was no property and the factory in Seattle had gone broke.


  1. Born 5 October 1845 at Visseltofta, Osby, Kronoberg.
  2. Also listed as Ingegerd; née Eriksdotter, born 23 November 1855 at Hallaryd Norregård.

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic. Rabén, Stockholm


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