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About Robert John Hopkins
- Name: Mr Robert John Hopkins
- Born: 1872
- Age: 40 years
- Marital Status: Widowed.
- Last Residence: at 14 Woodstock Road Southampton Hampshire England
- Occupation: Able Seaman
- Deck crew
- First Embarked: Southampton
- Rescued (boat 13)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Thursday 18th November 1943
- Buried: Holy Name Cemetery Jersey City New Jersey United States on Friday 19th November
Mr Robert John Hopkins was from Belfast.
Hopkins was assigned to lifeboat 13. At around 1.40 a.m. the boat was lowered but when it reached the water Hopkins and Fred Barrett had to work quickly to cut the boat free from the falls as it drifted under lifeboat 15 which had begun its descent.
After his arrival in New York Hopkins left the White Star Line, and applied to the American Red Cross for relief as reported in a newspaper of the time (see articles). The somewhat inaccurate remarks attributed to Hopkins reflect the confusion generated in the rush to get first-hand accounts of the sinking.
Duff Gordon and the others actually left in lifeboat 1. Whether he attempted to bribe the crew of that boat to row away from the Titanic remains a matter for debate. The steerage passenger mentioned in the article was Eugene Daly who had also sought relief from the Mayor.
Robert John Hopkins's Timeline
Belfast County Antrim, Northern Ireland
November 18, 1943
Jersey City Hudson County New Jersey, USA