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James Hart

Mr James Hart was born in Didsbury, Manchester, Lancashire, England in the latter half of 1858.

He was the son of James Hart (b. 1823), a beer retailer, and his wife Maria, née Windus (b. 1829). His father hailed from Kent and his mother from Hampshire and they had married in St Thomas' Church, Winchester on 22 December 1851. He had three known siblings: Maria (b. 1853), Mary Ann (b. 1854) and George (b. 1857).

James and his family appear on the 1861 census living at an unidentifiable address in Rusholme, Lancashire. His movements over the next years are unknown, but when he shows up on the 1911 census he was lodging at 51 College Street, St Mary, Southampton and was described as an unmarried ship's fireman.

When he signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, James gave his address as 51 College Street, (Southampton) and his previous ship as the Olympic. As a fireman he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6.

James Hart died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

A few weeks after the disaster the press reported that a man named Thomas Hart who had been missing for some time turned up on his mother's doorstep claiming to have had his discharge book stolen and that another man, identity unknown, had boarded the Titanic under his name and been lost.

Read the full story in Senan Molony's article The Hart of the Matter.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr James Hart (Thomas Hart)
Born: circa.1858 in Didsbury, England
Age: 54 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Research Articles

John P. Eaton Voyage (2008) Cancelled Passages Aboard Titanic
Passengers that cancelled their tickets for the Titanic
Senan Molony Titanica! (2010) The Hart of the Matter

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Cork Examiner (9 May 1912) REMARKABLE STATEMENT


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  1. Jason Bidwell

    Jason Bidwell said:

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone here has thought about who died in Thomas Hart's place. Hart, you may recall, was a fireman who passed out drunk in a bar and had his discharge book stolen from him. Using that book, someone signed onto the Titanic under Hart's name and presumably drowned when the ship sank. The real Hart was initially thought a fatality until he showed up a few weeks later alive and well, and told his story. I speculate that perhaps Lee McCubbin might have been "Hart," if there's anything to the McCubbin story. McCubbin wrote his mother a postcard saying he had got a post... Read full post

  2. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    As for the alleged Thomas Hart, the person who died on the Titanic was in fact a James Hart (obituary appeared in the Southampton Echo shortly after the sinking). Peter

  3. Lester Mitcham

    Lester Mitcham said:

    Hello Peter, I agree that the Thomas Hart from Liverpool was not the Hart associated with Titanic. I have always understood that the Hart who died was named Thomas. I read his signature as T. Hart and all the 1912 documentation I have also reads T. Hart. Hart's dependants are named in the Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund booklet of March 1913 as: Skilton, Maria . Do you have a copy of the obituary as it is not included in: Titanic Victims and Survivors: An index of death notices in Southampton local newspapers, complied by Veronica... Read full post

  4. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    Lester, I have it copied somewhere, but there should be no problem finding that particular obituary, since it appeared along with the other ones within a few weeks after the disaster. The name ''James'' is clearly stated along with his age (I believe he was about 50 or so). Peter

  5. Lester Mitcham

    Lester Mitcham said:

    Hello Peter, I am not able to search the Southampton newspapers, so a copy if you can locate it would be appreciated. Regards, Lester

  6. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    Lester, he was 51 at the time of death. I shall have to search for the actual obituary (I don't know where it might be right now). I will post the information as soon as I find it. Peter

  7. Lester Mitcham

    Lester Mitcham said:

    Hello Peter, Thank you that would be appreciated. Regards, Lester

  8. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Peter Engberg-Klarström said:

    Lester, I have only found a note that I took from the Southampton Daily Echo, April 1913, where families remembered their lost Titanic-relatives, and James Hart, 51 College Street was remembered by mother, brother Thomas et. al. I have got the full text somewhere, but by the look of things in my ''Titanic Archive'' this could take several years to find, I am afraid. File and forget. If/when I find the piece of information, I will surely post it (I don't do much Titanic research any longer, I am afraid). Peter

  9. Lester Mitcham

    Lester Mitcham said:

    Hello Peter, Thank you for that. Appreciated. Hopefully one day soon you will find the full text. Regards, Lester

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