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Woolf Spector

Mr Woolf Spector (Spectorovski) was born in Zambrów, Łomża, Poland around 1889.

He was the son of Rose Spectorovski but other details about his early life remain vague but it is clear that he came from a Jewish family. He had one identifiable sibling: Rachel Leah (b. 1882).

He came to England as a young man. His sister Rachel was married to a man named Banda Ludiski (b. 1876), a tailor, and they had three children: Lewis (b. 1904), Isik (b. 1905) and Hymon (b. 1907). The family had come to England sometime prior to 1907 and appear on the 1911 census of England living at 19 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London. Living with them is Woolf, now going by the name of Woolf Spector, who is described as a 22-year-old unmarried cabinet maker.

Woolf boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third-class passenger (ticket number 3236 which cost £8, 1s). He was travelling to New York where his aunt Francis Yellin (née Spectorovski) had been living since 1911 with her family.

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

His family back in London are believed to have later gone by the name of Lodoshic. What became of his sister Rachel is not entirely certain but it is possible she died in London in the late 1940s. His aunt in New York, Frances Yellin, died in the Bronx in 1943.

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Woolf Spector
Age: 23 years (Male)
Nationality: Polish
Religion: Jewish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in London, England
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 3236, £8 1s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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