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Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah

Mr Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah (Yousif Ahmed Wazli) was born in Tibnīn, al-Janub, Lebanon around 1889.1

He was an unmarried farmer still living with his parents and siblings in his village and he came from a Shi'a Muslim family. He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third-class passenger (ticket number 2647 which cost £7, 4s, 6d) having already made the voyage from Beirut to Marseille. Travelling with him were two cousins, Mustafà Nasr 'Almā and Fatīmah Muslamānī, also of Tibnīn. He was travelling to Michigan City, Indiana where he had family, including at least one sibling.

His cousin Fatīmah, who was the only surviving member of the party, later related in a seemingly embellished interview that all of them made their way to the boat deck, one of the men dressing as a woman to help him slip undetected into a lifeboat. She also reported her cousins and other men being shot at by crewmen. The likelihood of this account is questionable.

Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.


  1. Age uncertain. Possibly 25 or 22

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
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  1. Mustapha Fawaz

    Mustapha Fawaz

    Re: Hello I was looking at this biography about Mr Wazli.I am from the town of Tibnin,Lebanon as you claim that this person is from .If he is from my town I think the family name should be Wazni with an N instead of L,we don't have a family by the name of Wazli in Tibnin,but the Wazni family exist. Thanks

  2. monica e. hall

    Can you find out if the Wazni family know of any relations who emigrated to the USA in 1912?

  3. Deleted member 173198

    Deleted member 173198

    Monica - good one. I know at least one other person on this board who will find this message extremely captivating. Let's hope she makes a quick contact response with Mustapha. It'll be interesting to see what the outcome may reveal. A.W.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Yūsuf Ahmad Waznah
Born: circa.1889 in Tibnīn, Syria
Age: 23 years (Male)
Nationality: Syrian Lebanese
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Tibnīn, Syria
Occupation: Farmer
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2647, £7 4s 6d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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