Mr Yūsuf Hānī Ibrāhīm-Shawah

Mr Yūsuf Hānī Ibrāhīm-Shawah (Youssef Brahim Shawah) was born in Beirut, Syria (now Lebanon) around 1879.

He worked as a labourer and was married and had three children. His wife's mother had died around 1911 and this compelled him to travel to Texas where his father-in-law Sim'īn Yūsuf 'Atī Allīh lived. The original plan was for he and his wife and children to all travel but all but they became afflicted with trachoma and were unable to join him on the journey.  

Yūsuf boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (joint ticket number 2627 which had cost £14, 9s, 2d) and was travelling with his sister-in-law Malakah Atā Allāh, the younger sister of his wife.

Yūsuf and his sister-in-law died in the sinking and their bodies, if recovered, were never identified. His widow and children received £37, 10s from the Titanic Relief Fund.


The Contract Ticket list records his name as "Braukim", other lists as "Youssef Brahim".
White Star reported him as saved (Printed Passenger List of May 9th 1912)

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References and Sources

Leila Salloum Elias (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers. Atlas, ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Yūsuf Hānī Ibrāhīm-Shawah (ref: #883, last updated: 10th August 2017, accessed 28th October 2020 20:11:55 PM)