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Andrew Cunningham

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK
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About Andrew Cunningham

  • Name: Mr Andrew Cunningham
  • Born in Edinburgh Scotland
  • Age: 35 years
  • Last Residence: at 60 Charlton Road Southampton Hampshire England
  • Occupation: Bed Room Steward
  • Last Ship: Oceanic
  • Victualling crew
  • First Embarked: Belfast on Monday 1st April 1912
  • Rescued (boat 4)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912

Andrew Cunningham, 38, of Charlton Rd, Southampton worked as a bedroom steward on the Titanic. The passengers he served included John and Florence Bradley Cumings, Walter and Virginia Clark, W. T. Stead, Edith and Margaret Graham and Miss Graham's governess Elizabeth Shutes.

On the night of the 14th, Cunningham was stationed on D-deck "to answer bells". He was on his way there when the collision occurred. He then answered two bells - the ladies, whose names he could not remember, wanted to know how to put on lifebelts. Then just after that, "I looked down on E-deck (the stairway that led to the post office) to see how things were. The water was down there then. That was the level with F deck....I knew it was pretty bad then." About half past 12 he went to his station on C-deck, aft on the starboard side.

The order was given to waken the passengers but by this time "All of my passengers had gone out except three." Mr Cummings had gone back to get an overcoat and Mr Clark returned to put on his life belt. "Mr Stead asked how to fix on a lifebelt and I helped him put it on and that was the last of my passengers."

Later, around two o'clock and on deck, after all the lifeboats had gone, Cunningham threw himself into the water. "I had a mate (Sidney Conrad Siebert) with me. We both left the ship together. Cunningham swam clear of the ship, reporting that it sank about a half hour later. He then swam toward lifeboat 4 with Quartermaster Perkis in charge, and he was picked up. In the boat, he stated later, he saw lamp trimmer Hemming, a sailor [sic] named Foley, the Q. M. and fireman F. Smith [?]. His mate Siebert was picked up later but died in the boat. Also, another man was picked out of the water, a storekeeper named Prentice. Cunningham then took an oar and helped row. He remembered going on the Carpathia about 7.30.

Cunningham stated that lifeboat 4 did not have a light but did have water. After getting on the Carpathia he saw three or four icebergs and a long field of ice.

Credits Pat Cook, USA Bill Wormstedt, USA

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Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK