Adolphe Saalfeld

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Adolphe Saalfeld

Also Known As: "Adolf"
Birthplace: Germany
Death: June 05, 1926 (60-61)
Kew Gardens, surrey, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Golder's Green Cem., Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Saalfeld and Mathilda Saalfeld
Husband of Gertrude Saalfeld
Father of Rosie Dambitz
Brother of Gertrude Goldstein

Occupation: Businessman, Unternehmer in der Chemie- und Spirituosenindustrie in Manchester
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About Adolphe Saalfeld

Mr Adolphe Saalfeld was born in Germany in 1865.

A self-made businessman, he was chairman of the chemists and distillers Sparks, White, and Co. Ltd. In 1912 he was married to Gertrude and living in Manchester, they were and would remain childless.

Saalfeld boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket no.19988, £30 10) and occupied cabin C-106.

He wrote to his wife from the Titanic:

I just had an hour's roaming about on this wonderful boat. I like my cabin very much — it's like a bed-sitting room and rather large. They are still busy to finish the last things on board.

According to a later statement Saalfeld claimed that he had been in the smoking room at the time of the collision, he saw the iceberg and after the collision went down to his cabin. Among the items Saalfeld left behind were a collection of concentrated perfume oils which he hoped to market in America. In a recent dive to the wrecksite the oils were recovered intact, there are plans to recreate the fragrances

I saw a few men and women go into a boat and I followed and when lowered, pushed off and rowed some distance, fearing...Titanic sinking,,,As we drifted away gradually, saw Titanic sink lower and lower and finally her lights went out, and others in my boat said they saw her disappear. Our boat was nearly two miles away but pitiful cries could be plainly heard. No one in our boat knew how many lifeboats were on Titanic but...there was ample time for saving every soul on board had there been sufficient boats.

Mr Saalfeld was rescued in lifeboat 3.

The Captain and Officers of the Carpathia did all that was possible to make us comfortable and to those that were sick or injured, they gave their tenderest care. The icebergs were huge and the weather extremely rough on the voyage to New York.

Adolphe Saalfeld passed away at Kew Gardens in Surrey on 5 June 1926. He was still chairman of his firm which would continue in business until 1954. When his estate was settled on 16 July 1926 his assets were reportedly worth £46,902.


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B)
  • List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
  • The Mail on Sunday (UK), 8 April 2001, Eau de Titanic
  • RMS Titanic, Inc, Press Release, 21 June 2000, Carpathia - 'The Most Famous Rescue Ship In the World'
  • David Pybus (2001) Adolphe Saalfeld & The History of Perfume (Online) [Accesed 23 July 2001]


  • Denis Cochrane, UK


überlebte den Untergang der Titanic!


Businessman, Titanic Surviver. He was a self-made entrepreneur and founder of Manchester's chemists and distillers, Sparks-White Company Ltd. As senior chairman of the Sparks-White Company, he over saw the marketing of his line of concentrated perfume fragrances and fine oils for distribution and sales. On April 10, 1912, he boarded the RMS Titanic at Southampton, England, as a single First Class passenger in cabin C-106. He was to traveling with samples of his perfume products with the intention of opening up a new commerce of floral fragrances which were coming into fashion in America. On April 14, 1912, the fourth night at sea, whilst Adolphe was relaxing in the First Class smoking room the ship hit an iceberg and he was advised by a steward to go to the boat deck. In his scramble to get into lifeboat 3, he forgot about his precious cargo in his cabin and the perfume sample case went down with the ship. Adolphe was picked up by the rescue ship Carpathia the next morning and taken to New York. He was so traumatized by what happened, he returned to Manchester, England, never to go to America again. Haunted by the Titanic tragedy for the rest of his life, he found great difficulty sleeping and would often ask his chauffeur to drive him around at night. At the time of his death at age 47 in Kew Gardens, he was still chairman of his firm and his estate was settled in July 1926, with assets reportedly worth £46,902. His company continued to be a leader in the perfume industry until 1954. In 2000, Saalfeld's perfume bottle samples were found intact on the sea floor at the wreck site and went on display as a part of the world wide traveling Titanic 100th Anniversary Memorial exhibit.

BOAT No. 3.*

No disorder in loading or lowering this boat.

Passengers: Mesdames Cardeza and maid (Anna Hard), Davidson, Dick, Graham, Harper, Hays and maid (Miss Pericault), Spedden and maid (Helen Wilson) and son Douglas and his trained nurse. Miss Burns, and Misses Graham and Shutes.

Men: Messrs. Cardeza and man-servant (Lesneur), Dick, Harper and man-servant (Hamad Hassah) and Spedden.

Men who helped load women and children in this boat and sank with the ship: Messrs. Case, Davidson, Hays and Roebling.

Crew: Seamen: Moore (in charge), Forward Pascoe. Steward: McKay; Firemen: '5 or 6'; or '10 or 12.'

Total: 40

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Adolphe Saalfeld's Timeline

April 16, 1888
Age 23
Ostrowo, Gostyń County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Germany now Poland
June 5, 1926
Age 61
surrey, England
June 8, 1926
Age 61
Golder's Green Cem., Surrey, England