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John Foley

Birthplace: York, York, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Storekeeper on RMS Titanic
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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Mr John Foley

From Encyclopedia Titanica

  • Age: 44 years
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Last Residence: at 2 Queens Road Southampton Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Storekeeper
  • Last Ship: Olympic
  • Deck crew
  • First Embarked: Belfast
  • Rescued

Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

John "Jack" Foley, 44, was born in York. He appears to have signed-on to the Titanic initially in Belfast on 25 March 1912 as a quartermaster. When he signed on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 2 Queen's Road (Southampton). His previous ship was the Olympic. His wages were £5 per month.

Foley claimed to have helped Seaman "Sam Parks" search for an axe to chop away the sounding spar protruding directly below lifeboat 4 [1].

Foley was rescued in lifeboat 4.

Foley signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912 but failed to join the ship when it sailed.


  • Sam Parks is not listed, he may have existed but signed on under a different name, possibly it was Walter Perkis or perhaps Frank Parkes of the Harland and Wolff guarantee group.


  • Crew Particulars of Engagement

Sources United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List


  • Daniel Allen Butler (1998) Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic
  • Crew Articles of Agreement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
  • Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
  • Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Agreements and Crew Lists Oceanic January – August 1912
  • Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic
  • Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3


  • Inger Sheil, UK
  • Kerri Sundberg, USA
  • Hermann Söldner, Germany
  • Bill Wormstedt, USA
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York, York, England, United Kingdom