Mr Olof Edvin Wendel

Mr Olof Edvin Wendel 1 was born in Östra Sallerup, Malmöhus (Skåne), Sweden on 2 May 1891 2.

He was the son of Per Olsson Wendel (b. 1858), a bricklayer, and Karna Jönsdotter (b. 1855). Reportedly one of five children, his known siblings were: Hilda Elina (b. 1888), Erik (b. 1896) and Henning Hildegard (b. 1898).

Wendel was on his way from Östra Sallerup to relatives in St Paul, Minnesota and he was travelling with August Nilsson, also from Östra Salerup. They travelled via Copenhagen and it is likely that they purchased their tickets there. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (Wendel on ticket number 350416 which cost £7, 17s, 1d).

Both men died in the sinking and their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.

The Mansion House Fund paid 418.83 Kr (£25) to his parents on 23 January 1913. 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims were paid to his parents 17 December 1914 plus an additional sum of 350.70 (total sum of 1717.20). His mother later died in 1928.


  1. Often spelled "Vendel". Spelling Wendel as per birth record and he is listed on the ship's manifest as "Wendell"
  2. Birth date as per birth record; other sources cite the date as 1 May 1891.

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References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Olof Edvin Wendel (ref: #1290, last updated: 28th May 2016, accessed 1st October 2020 17:04:14 PM)