There was somewhere around 2,228 passengers and crew on board the night that the Titanic sank, that number is said to be approximate as it's not known if there were stowaways or people who were unaccounted for. Of that number the amount of people who survived is reported to be between 700 and 720, depending on which sources you read. You can see the full details of the recorded passengers aboard Titanic in our fully comprehensive first class, second class and third class Titanic passenger lists at the bottom of this page.
Famous Titanic Passengers
Amongst those 2,228 Titanic passengers and crew there are a certain number who are remembered more than others for various reasons. Some of the most recalled passengers included:
- Joseph Bruce Ismay
- Thomas Andrews
- John Jacob Astor
- Benjamin Guggenheim
- Molly Brown (The Unsinkable Molly Brown)
- Isidor & Ida Straus
Joseph Bruce Ismay was born in December of 1862 and was the well known and well remembered managing director of the White Star Line company as well as being the president of the International Mercantile Marine Corporation.
Joseph Bruce Ismay, better known as Bruce Ismay, took over the business from his father Thomas Edward Ismay when he died in 1899. After his fathers death, Ismay decided to build four big ocean liners to try and surpass RMS Oceanic which had been built by his father earlier that year. The four ships would later be known as The big four, consisting of: RMS Cedric, RMS Celtic, RMS Baltic and RMS Atlantic. These four super liners were built in a newly formed business relationship between White Star and the Belfast based Harland And Wolff shipbuilding company. Harland And Wolff would later go on to build the 3 Olympic class liners Titanic, Olympic and Britannic.
On the night that Titanic sank Ismay survived, he was amongst one of the very few 1st class men who survived the sinking at that time.
Throughout history Ismay has largely been portrayed as having left the Titanic in a lifeboat without consideration for anyone else, in a very cowardly fashion. However, some maintain that Ismay stuck by the “women and children” first rule, having helped many other women and children on board life boats.
Ismay testified that in it's final moments he turned away from Titanic, unable to watch as his creation disappeared below the surface of the freezing cold North Atlantic ocean.
Thomas Andrews was born in February 1873 and for most of his working life worked at the shipbuilders Harland And Wolff who were responsible for building the Olympic class liners, one of which was the RMS Titanic.
Andrews began his time in the company through an apprenticeship, during which time he worked his way up through the ranks and eventually took the job of managing director and head of the draughtsman department. Andrews was the main naval architect in charge of the plans for the Titanic.
On the night that the Titanic went down it's reported that Andrews acted like a true hero, helping many women and children into lifeboats as well as frantically making his way around the ship to try and ensure as many people as possible were safe. Andrews is last seen in the first class smoking room staring at a painting on the wall which depicted Plymouth Harbour, somewhere Titanic had been expected to visit upon her return.
Andrews body was never found and it's thought that the likelihood is that he went down with the Titanic.
John Jacob Astor, affectionately known as JJ, was born in July 1864 and was a member of the prominent Astor family. The first John Jacob Astor of the family had become one of the first multimillionaires in America and is considered to be one of the 4th richest men in America history.
John Jacob Astor IV was also a billionaire, he was the richest passenger on board the Titanic with interests in real estate, investments, writing as well as being an inventor and a colonel in the Spanish-American War.
John Jacob Astor saw that his wife got into a lifeboat on the night that Titanic sunk, however he did not. Astor was last seen alive on the starboard bridge of Titanic, his body was recovered on April 22nd by the steamer Mackay-Bennett.
Benjamin Guggenheim was an American businessman who was born in October of 1865. He was born into a wealthy family and was son of Meyer Guggenheim, an American mining Magnate.
The body of Benjamin Guggenheim was never found.
Margaret Brown was born in July 1867 and was well known as one of the passengers aboard Titanic's lifeboat number 6 who fought for the crew to return the lifeboat and look for survivors. However, it's unclear as to whether lifeboat number 6 did ever return or find any of Titanic's survivors.
Margaret Brown was known amongst the first class passengers of Titanic as “new money”, owing to the fact that her family was not from a wealthy background. Her wealth had come from the engineering efforts of her Husband John Joseph Brown and the subsequent awarding of 12,500 shares and a seat on the board in the mining company he worked for.
During her life Margaret Brown was known as Maggie, it was only following her death in 1932 from a cerebral haemorrhage that she became known as the unsinkable Molly Brown.
Isidor Straus was born in February of 1845, he was the co-owner of Macy's department store which was founded in 1858, it's headquarters are located in New York.
Ida Straus, who was born as Rosalie Ida Blun , was the beloved wife of Isidor Straus. Both Isidor and Ida died on board the Titanic when she sunk, only the body of Isidor Straus was ever recovered.
The following lists are fully comprehensive passenger lists for those people reported to have been aboard the Titanic on the night that she sank.