Robert Suczek, native of the Czech/Bohemian province in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was a German-trained engineer and inventor. He lived in Europe at the time but had already been in the U.S. and had business affairs here.
Notified by telegram suddenly that business required his presence quickly in the U.S. he eagerly took the opportunity to reserve a first class passage on the Titanic which was due to leave the next day. Lacking cash to pay the full passage he arranged to have money wired from his bank in Brussels, Belgium, to the White Star Line's bank in Southampton which could notify the ship's purser by the newly active Marconi radio that the passage was paid. Suczek embarked from Southhampton and sailed with the Titanic to Cherbourg . But the radio brought no message of payment and Suczek was required to return then to Cherbourg with the harbor pilot.
He sailed the next day on the Lusitania, and later heard news of the Titanic's fate. It is interesting to note that in his life, Suczek crossed the Atlantic 15 times by ship.The trip on the Titanic would have been his 5th. His last trip was in 1927. And though he lived until 1955, he never traveled by air.
Thanks to Stan Beattie
Mr Alfred Franks
Mr Alfred Franks of Edgbaston, Birmingham changed his mind after booking. A few days before sailing he took a boat from Liverpool instead.
Birmingham Daily Gazette, April 16 1912 - April 29 inc.
Thanks to Alan Tucker
"Jerauld County Review", Wessington Springs, Jerauld County, S.D. Thursday, April 24, 1913. Volume XXIL, Number 48. Page 1
"Almost sailed on the Titanic."
Martin Hansen, after a year's visit in Norway, returned to Wessington Springs last Friday. He crossed the Atlantic on The steamer Empress of Britain. His plans at one time were to return on the ill-fated Titanic, but for some reason decided to remain longer, thus escaping the Titanic tragedy. A person narrowly escapes many a tragedy and never knows it, nor why.
Martin Hansen's real name was Hans Marselious Hanson. His mother convinced him to stay longer. He had come to the U.S. when he was just 13. He died in 1961 at the age of 81. He left his mother, Two sisters, Katheryn and Marie in either Stevanger or Coppervick, Norway.
Sharon Johnson (grandaughter)
Unlisted Passengers and Crew
Mr Jay Yates, an American, wrote the following note, which was later delivered to a New York Newspaper:
"If I am saved, inform my sister F. J. Adams of Findley Ohio, Lost. J. H. ROGERS.''
In fact Yates was never on board the Titanic and the note was a hoax. Yates wrote the note in New York and then had a woman accomplice pose as a survivor and deliver the note to the newspaper. Yates did this in order to make the police think he was dead. They didn't fall for the ruse, though, and Yates was captured a couple of months after the sinking. (He was wanted on federal charges connected with postal thefts.)
Jens B. Andersen
Jens B. Andersen was a Danish man who claimed to have worked as a fireman and was rescued. There is no information in the crewlist about him although there is reference to an able-bodied seaman J. Anderson
Mr John Beattie Butler
The death of Mr. John Beattie Butler was reported in an Australian paper: The Advertiser (the south Australian daily paper), 29th December 1970, in an article entitled 'they sang as their ship sank', he was reported as a former 'boiler attendant' and the last Australian survivor of the Titanic. However, his name does not appear on the crew list. he was born in Rosewater on the 24 March 1887 and died on 25 December 1970 he was cremated at Centennial Park on 30 December 1970.
A grave in Aldinga, South Australia of Mary Janet and Colin McRae also records the fate of their children, and the third on the list bears this inscription: Alan 1889 - 1912 (missing SS Titanic). The name does not appear on any lists although there is an Arthur Gordon McRae from Sydney, Australia who travelled second class and died in the disaster.
There has been speculation that Jack Johnson the American heavyweight boxing champion attempted to gain passage aboard the Titanic but was refused by a ticketing agent. His story was later featured in a song by the blues singer Leadbelly. One verse of which read:
Jack Johnson wanted to get on board but the Captain said "I ain't hauling no coal" Titanic, fare thee well...
The following announcement appeared in the New York Times, 19th April 1925
TITANIC DISASTER SURVIVOR DROWNS IN A SHALLOW POND
Bridgeport, Conn, April 18. -Surviving the Titanic Disaster April 14, 1912, by swimming for hours in the icy waters until picked up by a rescue ship, Oscar Palmquist of 42 Lenox Avenue was drowned in six feet of water in a pond in Beardsley Park into which he is believed to have wandered. Missing since March 23, Palmquist's body was discovered in the pond today
Mr C.Jowett is mentioned in The Oxford Chronicle (Berks and Bucks Gazette), 19th April 1912 (p.7) as signing on as a fireman, but his name is not listed. However they are probably referring to fireman Charles E.Judd.
Prof. Glenthorne was reported as being a pianist with the ship's orchestra.
Third Class Steward: Mr Rowland Winser
Mr Winser was reported as having written to friends prior to boarding the Titanic and of being lost in the sinking.
Joseph Ahtes (or Athes)
Joseph Ahtes claimed to have been a crew member. However, this was one of his many claims about life. A multi-linguist (he spoke 11 languages), Ahtes was a 5 foot tall pastry chef from Alsace.
Josephine Johnson was travelling as a nursemaid/nanny for a doctor's family from New York. Members of her family believed she travelled on the Titanic perhaps because after leaving for New York they never heard from her again, however, her name does not appear in any passenger list and the identity of the Doctor is also unclear.
Samuel Harper, a correspondent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, claimed to have been a secret service agent and to have survived the sinking of the Titanic by downing a bottle of Scotch
Miss Selina Rogers
Oxford newspapers report the rescue of a Miss Selina Rogers, of Woodstock road, Oxford. They may be referring to Mrs Selena Rogers Cook of Pennsylvania. No Miss Selina Rogers is listed in the passenger or crew list.
Lee McCubbins (or McCubbin) was living in London, and sent a post card to his mother indicating his newly aquired job as a crew member of the Titanic