Frank Herbert Morris
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About Frank Herbert Morris
- Name: Mr Frank Herbert Morris
- Born in London London England
- Age: 28 years
- Marital Status: Single.
- Last Residence: at 5 Shirley Road Southampton Hampshire England - Map
- Occupation: Bath Room Steward
- Last Ship: Olympic
- Victualling crew
- First Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
- Rescued (boat 14)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Discharge Book Mr Frank Herbert Morris, 28, was born in London.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4th April, 1912 he gave his local address as 5 Shirley Rd (Southampton) but his home address was 46 Delorme Street, Fulham, London. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bath steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s.
At 11:40 on Sunday night Morris slept through the shock of the collision, only to be awakened by one of the saloon stewards shortly afterwards. He was told to dress and go on deck. After sitting on his bunk for about ten minutes second steward George C. Dodd popped in and told the men to get up to the Boat Deck. He sent Morris aft to the baker’s pantry to get some bread for the lifeboats. As Morris made his way he met J. J. Thompson, the second storekeeper, and several other stewards engaged in the same activity. Finding there was no bread left, he made his way up to his boat station at No. 16 (he had seen his boat assignment on a list placed in the first-class pantry the previous Thursday). He worked helping load women and children into the boat then went to No. 12, helping there, and finally No. 14.
He recalled having trouble getting the women to enter the lifeboats, as well as some trouble with “some third-class passengers who were foreigners” trying to get into No. 14. Fifth officer Harold Lowe took command of lifeboat 14 and called on Morris to help man her. The boat was lowered with orders to pull away from the ship, but to remain close by. Morris recalled some bit of trouble with the falls as boat 14 was being lowered down the ships side, the tackle possibly getting twisted. He recalled the ship listing slightly to port at the time. After rowing away from the ship some quarter of a mile they came upon a knot of four lifeboats, which Lowe took charge of. Then women and children of boat 14 were transferred into these other boats, and, following the sinking, after waiting some time for those in the water to thin out, boat 14 went back and sought to rescue those it could. They managed to pick up three. During the course of the morning as the boat made their way towards the Carpathia they came upon the swamped Collapsible A. After transferring the living from the collapsible boat they set sail towards the rescue ship, coming across another lifeboat, which was taken in tow.
Morris was called to appear as a witness during the British Enquiry on Friday, 10 May 1912.
References and Sources Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259) United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List Wreck Commissioners' Court, Proceedings before the Right Hon. Lord Mersey on a Formal Investigation Ordered by the Board of Trade into the Loss of the S.S. Titanic
Credits Rob Ottmers, USA Linda Ridd, UK
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