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Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi

Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Arcisate, Varese, Lombardy, Italy
Death: June 18, 1974 (92)
Immediate Family:

Son of Carlo Portaluppi and Giuseppa Portaluppi
Husband of Caterina Portaluppi
Father of Ines Portaluppi

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About Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi

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Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi was born October 15, 1881 at Arcisate, a village a few kilometers north of Varese.He grew up and working with stone, did not hesitate to follow the path already started by the hundreds of migrants Valceresio and went to Barre, Vermont (USA), the world capital of granite in 1903. His technical and artistic talent led him to Milford, New Hampshire. Decritto was as a sculptor more than a stonemason, which he did emerge at Tonella & Sons Granite and Manufacturing Company, a company specializing in funerary monuments of all kinds, but also in paving and stone sculptures. Portaluppi, already in America, married in 1903 Pelegatta Catherine, who bore him a daughter, Ines, is then separated from his wife in 1910: Mother and daughter returned to Italy. In the fall of 1911 he traveled to Italy . In the spring of 1912 he decided to return to America and bought a second class ticket on the Titanic . He embarked at Cherbourg. His account of the voyage, he was probably merged later in the explanations he gave to his grandchildren on walks in his old age. The night of April 14, 1912 is remembered that, of course, that night he went to bed early. He was awakened by a tremendous shock, which was nothing more than the consequence of collision with the iceberg and perhaps by the explosion of the boilers. He also thought to be already docked at the pier in New York. He went up on deck where he did not notice anything strange, but felt that something must have happened. He returned to the cabin, got dressed and went back on deck just as they lowered a lifeboat. The number 14. Portaluppi claimed to have fallen accidentally into the sea and have swum for at least two hours before being rescued by a lifeboat. Maybe he could have boarded the same boat and was thrown into the water. Remember discordant images and also invented journalistic or so. Portaluppi was saved by the Carpathia . The passenger list compiled it declined to detail the particulars: married sculptor Arusati (Arcisate), directed in Milford, New Hampshire. Date of arrival in New York: April 18, 1912. Local newspapers gave ample space to his story and put the emphasis on emotional trauma created by the sinking of the ship, the tragedy caused by hundreds of people who saw floating on the water or lose life and the prolonged stay at sea, without precise ideas about the future. Emilio Portaluppi, following the tragedy, leaned well claim for the loss of a photograph of Garibaldi with a dedication valued $ 3,000! The fear of water did not stop him in 1914 to resume the sea route to return to Italy, where he took part in the First World War in the Italian army. In 1919 he was again in the U.S. in Passaic, New Jersey. Ups and downs with frequent travel between the U.S. and Italy. Problems with citizenship and family.

Perhaps someone in the not so young, you remember that old small man with his stick that distinguished, for over twenty years from 60 to 80 of the last century, lived in retirement in Alassio who spoke amicably with everyone and everyone riconoscebbero because it was the last Italian survivors of the sinking of the Titanic . Every year, April 15, the celebrated Portaluppi, the restaurant, the anniversary of the sinking: her birthday with at least thirty years, because he was fond of saying, rightly, that having escaped death it was felt reborn in that day and since then has had only counted them in less than thirty years ; logical reasoning! For the occasion was organized a big dinner when they were invited authorities and journalists. It earned considerable resonance abounded because the articles and photos in newspapers and magazines that published the true story of the shipwreck, enriched with new details from the old professor ( for its air of elegant academic) with many details, so as to have been saved by the owner (?) of the Times. She, who was on the boat which approached the Portaluppi, interceded for him on board when the sailors pulling him away with the oars, and he had a gun No pearly mouth, collected before jumping from the ship, the waves frozen for ice. Gun that had slowly from his mouth, the lady in question was Lady Astor . giustappunto tied to Mrs. Astor turned even a love story that he lived with the American billionaire. was requited love or just a passion remained secret that which united Lady Astor and Italian? Portaluppi said he was persuaded to embark on an existing reservation notice of termination on ' Oceanic own spouses from Astor, himself the richest man on the planet and she thirty fascinating pregnant. Portaluppi was certainly not a monster of Beauty: Face easygoing, two needle eyes, the lips short and thin, vaguely resembled to Enrico Caruso. But certainly there was between him and the tender Madeleine Force Astor married. It was the same Portaluppi revealed that the bond and in particular that convinced the sailors a boat to haul it on board, after having already rejected by the oars, it was Lady Astor, who found himself among the components of the lifeboat. was a Portaluppi character, who once called themselves gentlemen, and never would have exchanged their memories for a moment of fame. Again in 1971, almost 60 years after the tragedy were still many questions to glissava to respect the memory of his friends. Portaluppi was saved with a dive from a height of twenty feet and thanks to him that fate would be paid by the woman he loved. Portaluppi made ​​one last trip to Italy in 1972. The last one, then to stay permanently to spend the last years in Arcisate, beside his daughter and her family.

Emilio Portaluppi, one of the four miracles of the Titanic , rescued from the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ninety years old and died on June 18 , 1974.
  • Name: Mr Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi
  • Born: Saturday 15th October 1881
  • Age: 30 years
  • Last Residence: in Milford United States
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 34644 , £12 14s 9d
  • Destination: Milford United States
  • Rescued (boat 14)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Tuesday 18th June 1974

Mr Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi, wasa born 15 October 1881 in Arcisate, Prov. Varese, Italy.

A stonemason, he boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket number C.A. 34644, £12, 14s, 9d). He was returning to his home in Milford, NH following a visit to his native Italy.

Portaluppi had retired to bed when the Titanic collided with the iceberg. At first he thought that the ship had reached New York and was docking. He donned a bathrobe and went on deck. There was no panic but he realized that something serious had happened, so he returned to his stateroom and dressed fully. Returning to the deck he saw a half filled lifeboat was being lowered and attempted to jump in, however, according to a newspaper interview, he missed his footing and fell into the water. Other newspapers published somewhat embellished accounts of his escape. The truth is unknown.

Many people seem to have slept through the shock of the collision, and the tale told by Emilio Portaluppi, a second cabin passenger, shows that he was first awakened by the explosion of one of the ship's boilers. He hurried up to deck one and strapped on a lifebelt. Following the example of others, he then leapt into the sea, and held on to an icefloe, with the help of which he managed to keep afloat until he was seen by those in the lifeboats and rescued. The Times, April 20, 1912

According to his published account, Portaluppi swam for about two hours and as dawn broke he was picked up by lifeboat 14 under the command of Fifth Officer Lowe. He was one of only four people rescued by the returning boat, around them lay hundreds of dead and dying.

Officer Lowe: "Then I went off and rowed to the wreckage and around the wreckage and picked up four people alive. I do not know who these live persons were. They never came near me afterwards either to say this, that or the other..." (US Senate Inquiry p.116)

The Carpathia docked on the evening of April 18th and Portaluppi was relieved to be spared the usual immigration formalities. On Saturday April 20, he was welcomed back to Milford by his friends, an event which was reported by the local press.

In 1938 Portaluppi was a resident of Brooklyn, New York and was employed by a company called A. Farranda & Son in Woodside, New York.


In his social security application, he stated that he was born in Varese, Italy on October 15, 1886, son of Charles Portaluppi and Josephine Parlatti.


  • Estratto per riassunto dal registro degli Atti di Nascita (Birth Certificate)
  • The Milford Cabinet (Milford, NH), April 1912, Milford Man was on Titanic


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • 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
  • United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
  • The Milford Cabinet (Milford, NH), March 18, 1998
  • The Times (London), April 20, 1912


  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Frank Manley, USA (Editor: The Milford Cabinet)
  • Claudio Mazza, Italy
  • Richard Raymond, Milford, NH, USA

See also http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/milford-man-was-on-titanic.html

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Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi's Timeline

October 15, 1881
Arcisate, Varese, Lombardy, Italy
Age 28
Milford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States
June 18, 1974
Age 92