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Mackay-Bennett

A cable company ship. The CS Mackay Bennet became famous for her role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster. She was chartered by the White Star Line to recover as many victims as possible. In only a week, the Mackay Bennett had found 306 of the 1,517 or so victims bodies.

Noteworthy recoveriesEdit

Number 4:

NO. 4 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 2 - HAIR, FAIR.
CLOTHING - Grey coat with fur on collar and cuffs; brown serge frock; petticoat; flannel garment; pink woolen singlet; brown shoes and stockings.
No marks whatever.

. Later identified as Sidney Leslie Goodwin, one of 6 children in a British family that died in the wreck.

Number 96: Isador Strauss, owner of Macy's at the time. Died with his wife sitting on deck chairs.

NO. 96. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 65. - FRONT GOLD TOOTH (Partly); HAIR AND MOUSTACHE, GREY.

CLOTHING - Fur lined overcoat; grey trousers, coat, and vest; soft striped shirt; brown boots; black silk socks.

EFFECTS - Pocketbook; gold watch; platinum and pearl chain; gold pencil case; silver flask; silver salts bottle; �40 in notes; �4 2s. 3d. in silver.

FIRST CLASS.

NAME - ISADOR STRAUSS. New York, N. Y.

Number 124: John Jacob Astor IV A millionaire, was crushed by a funnel when it splashed into the water.

NO. 124. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50. - HAIR AND MUSTACHE, LIGHT.

CLOTHING - Blue serge suit; blue handkerchief with "A. V."; belt with gold buckle; brown boots with red rubber soles; brown flannel shirt; "J. J. A." on back of collar.

EFFECTS - Gold watch; cuff links; gold with diamond; diamond ring with three stones; �225 in English notes; $2440 in notes; �5 in gold; 7s. in silver; 5 ten franc pieces; gold pencil; pocketbook.

FIRST CLASS.

NAME - JOHN JACOB ASTOR.

Number 126:

NO. 126. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. - HAIR, DARK.

CLOTHING - Black clothes; flannel vest, and black and white vest; white shirt marked "M. C. L."; handkerchief marked "M. C. L." (monogram), and brown boots.

EFFECTS - Gold wrist watch; gold ring with crest; three gold studs; keys; pocket box; �30.00 in gold; 12s. 1 1/2d. in purse; letter of credit.

FIRST CLASS. - NAME - MILTON C. LONG.

Milton Long was a 20 year old who died on the Titanic and was friends with 17 year old Jack Thayer

Number 150: Herbert Mcelroy the chief purser on the Titanic.

NO. 157. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 32. - HAIR, DARK.

CLOTHING - Ship's uniform; white jacket; ship's keys; 10 pence; 50 cents; fountain pen.

CHIEF PURSER.

NAME - HERBERT W. McELROY.


Number 174: Robert Bateman A reverend who died singing the hymn Nearer My God To Thee with the band. Led 50 people to Christ as they died through prayer.

NO. 174. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50. - HAIR AND MOUSTACHE, GREY.

CLOTHING - Black overcoat; black frock coat; vest and trousers; gold watch and chain; Masonic charm pin; glasses; knife; photo; fountain pen; pipe lighter; gold links; 4 gold studs; purse; 7s. 2 3/4d.; gold mounted eyeglasses; �4 10s. in a sovereign purse; cigar holder; style pin, bible.

SECOND CLASS PASSENGER.

NAME - ROBERT J. BATEMAN, (Per) Pendennis, Stapel Hill, Bristol.

Number 193: John Law Hume A bandsman. Could play the Violin. . See The Valiant 8 page for more info on him and the other bandsmen.

NO. 193. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 28. FAIR - HAIR.

CLOTHING - Light rain coat; uniform jacket with green facing and vest; purple muffler.

EFFECTS - Cigarette case; silver watch; empty purse; knife and mute.

ORCHESTRA

NAME - JOHN LAW HUME. (JACK) 42 George St., Dumfries, Scotland.

Number 202: John Clarke A bandsman. Bass Violinist.

NO. 202. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 35. BLACK - HAIR:

NO MARKS.

CLOTHING - Grey overcoat; grey muffler; uniform, green facing; green socks; crucifix.

EFFECTS - Diamond pin; gold watch; keys; knife; sovereign case, No. 2; pocketbook; memo book; 8s.; gold ring, marked "J. F. P. C."

ORCHESTRA (BASS).

NAME - J. FRED CLARKE. 22 Tunstall St., Smithdown Rd., Liverpool.

Number 224: Wallace Hartley Bandleader/Violinist. His music case was found strapped to him, with the violin inside and intact aside from 2 strings missing, it was sold for $1.4 million in 2014.

NO. 224. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 25. - HAIR, BROWN.

CLOTHING - Uniform (green facing); brown overcoat; black boots; green socks.

EFFECTS - Gold fountain pen, "W. H. H."; diamond solitaire ring; silver cigarette case; letters; silver match box, marked "To W. H. H., from Collingson's staff. Leeds"; telegram to Hotley, Bandmaster "Titanic"; nickel watch; gold chain; gold cigar holder; stud; scissors; 16s.; 16 cents; coins.

BANDMASTER

NAME - WALLACE HARTLEY. Surreyside West Park St., Dewsbury.


The crewEdit

A truly compassionate act, the 28 crew were all volunteer. They were all Anglican or roman Catholics. They were hardened seamen. But, the recovery of the 306 bodies moved them to tears.

Mackay bennett crew

The crew of the Mackay Bennett

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