About Abele Rigozzi
Sig. Abele Rigozzi
- Born: 1890
- Age: 22 years
- Marital Status: Single.
- Last Residence: at 6 Titchfield Street London London England
- Occupation: Assistant Waiter
- A la Carte crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Died in the sinking.
- Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 115)
- Buried: at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912.
Abele Rigozzi, 22, was born in 1890 in Switzerland. His family lived in Aquila, Blenio, Kanton Ticino, Switzerland. Together with his friends Alessandro Pedrini and Mario Zanetti he was employed by Luigi Gatti to sail on the Titanic 1, his first ship. His wages were £2 2s per month (plus tips). He signed-on to the Titanic on 6th April 1912 and he began work the same day. At this time his address was given as 6 Titchfield Street, London.
Rigozzi died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#115) and was buried at sea. When his body was recovered it was found to be wearing a black armband. He had been in mourning for his father who died in February 1912.
NO. 115. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 25. (ITALIAN TYPE.) HAIR DARK.
CLOTHING - Grey overcoat; blue coat; white waistcoat; striped shirt; wearing truss; black band on arm; patent shoes.
EFFECTS - Letter case; keys; 6s. 8d.
NAME - RAGOZZI ABELE.
His belongings were handed to his mother Arcangela. She received sFr 500 from White Star as compensation while from the Lord Mayor's Fund she received £60. White Star also paid Rigozzi's outstanding wages for six days of sFr 10.60.
Until now there has been no memorial to Abele Rigozzi in the graveyard at Aquila. But in 2002 a new stone will be erected that will bear his photograph.
Notes 1. Rigozzi was apparently hired as a replacement for a man called Giulietto Biucchi, who, for reasons unknown, was unable to join the ship.
References and Sources Crew Particulars of Engagement White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259) Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos, Zürich
Credits Gilles Baggi, Switzerland Hermann Söldner, Germany