Thomas William Solomon Brown

Thomas William Solomon Brown

Mr Thomas William Solomon Brown, 60, was born on 8 August 1851. He was a hotelier from the Cape Colony, South Africa, and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with his wife and his daughter. They bought ticket number 29750 for £39. Their destination was Seattle.

Mr Brown was a successful hotelier at Cape Town, South Africa, but his business had declined and he decided to make a new start at Seattle, where his sister-in-law lived. His wife Elizabeth was 20 years younger than he, and she was his second wife. The couple had two daughters, one of them died at the age of 8 from diphtheria, the other one,

Edith Eileen, went with them. Mother and daughter, together with two other Ladies, occupied a four-berth cabin, whereas Thomas Brown was accommodated in another. In the night from 14th to 15th T. Brown placed his wife and daughter in lifeboat 14 and stepped back, just smoking a cigar and awaiting his fate.

He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, never was identified.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
James Pellow with Dorothy Kendle (1995) A Lifetime on the Titanic. The Biography of Edith Haisman, Britains Oldest Survivor of the Titanic Disaster. Island Books. ISBN 1 898198 10 1

Research Articles

David Haisman Titanica! (2003) The Browns Prepare to Abandon Ship

Newspaper Articles

Unidentified Newspaper (10 April 1996) Oldest Titanic survivor plans visit to site


Seattle Daily Times (1912) Thomas William Solomon Brown

Documents and Certificates

(1913) Thomas William Solomon Brown's Death Certificate
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