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The only sailor who survived both Titanic and Lusitania disasters

George Beauchamp worked on the Titanic as a fireman

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
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Posted: Apr 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Photo: encyclopedia-titanica.org

George Beauchamp was 42 but he told the Titanic company that he was 32 to get a job as the fireman.

Beauchamp was called to testify at the British inquiry after Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

The sailor told the inquiry commission that he heard a “roar like thunder” when the Titanic met with the iceberg. “I went … on to the boat deck and across to the starboard side. I had one foot on the deck and one on the lifeboat and I was helping ladies and children into the lifeboat,” The Independent quoted him as telling the inquiry commission.

His family claimed that the Titanic’s sinking wasn’t the only major accident Beauchamp survived. He was also on board RMS Lusitania when it sunk during the First World War.

RMS Lusitania was once the world’s largest passenger ship and it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915.

Beauchamp’s family, from East Yorkshire, paid tribute to him 75 years after his death. Susan Norton, his great granddaughter, said she is proud of him and the “part he played in saving the lives of some passengers.

Beauchamp died in Southampton in 1944 at the age of 72.

The article originally appeared on The Independent.

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