Crew Members on the RMS Titanic
The RMS Titanic's crew had a complement of 860, made up of 475 stewards, cooks, etc., 320 engineers, and 65 engaged in her navigation.
This is an alphabetical listing of all officers and crew members of the RMS Titanic representing the Deck, Engineering, and Victualling departments. Not included in this list are contractors not directly employed by the White Star Line (Wireless Operators, Postal Clerks, Barbers, Restaurant Workers, and Orchestra/Band Members.
58 Cooks and Kitchen Crew Members and 292 Stewards and Stewardesses. Excluded from this list are the Pursers, Bellboys, Matrons, Boots, Storekeepers, and Clerks. Radio Operators and Barbers, assigned to the Victualling department were not employees of the White Star Line and are also omitted from this list.
The deck crew included 1 Boatswain who had seniority over all the unlicensed deck crew, 29 able seamen, 2 Boatswain Mates, 2 Master-at-Arms, 7 Quartermasters, 2 Window Cleaners, and 6 Lookouts.
The Titanic had a compliment of 25 engineers, 8 electricians, 2 Boilermakers, 13 leading firemen (Stoker Foremen), 163 firemen (Stokers), 73 coal trimmers, 33 greasers, and 6 mess hall stewards.
The ship's eight-member orchestra was not on the White Star Line's payroll but was contracted to White Star by the Liverpool firm of C. W. & F. N. Black, which at that time placed musicians on almost all British liners.
Titanic’s mail sorting room was far superior to any they had ever worked in before. Most mail sorting rooms of the time were far removed from where the mailbags were stored, often relegated to a cramped and poorly ventilated space. The mailbag storage compartment aboard Titanic, however, was conveniently located directly below the mail sorting room.
The restaurant was open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and was open only to First Class passengers. The staff was not paid by the White Star Line, but by Mr. Gatti himself, who was on the Titanic for its maiden voyage. The restaurant was self-sufficient with its own cooks, waiters, cleanup crew, and other staff. Most of the employees were French or Italian nationals.
20 stewardesses along with one "matron" and two restaurant cashiers, were the only female members of the crew; all but seven of whom survived. The stewardesses' duties were similar to the male stewards', although they usually served only women passengers.
A stoker works four hours at a stretch, and during that time, the temperature of his surroundings varies from 120 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. One stoker usually has four furnaces to attend to, and while feeding one furnace, a man has to be extremely careful, or his arm may be burned by the furnace behind him.
There were 421 men and women assigned to the Victualling Department on the Titanic. The 431 crew members of the Victualling Department listed provides all the services for the occupants of the ship; food, housekeeping, laundry, room service, etc.
Dr. O'Loughlin, the Senior Surgeon of the White Star Line who went down to his death on the ill-fated Titanic, was a man whom his American and British colleagues are proud to remember, not alone for the nobility of his last hours but equally for the manner of his living.
April 3, 1912: Cargo and supplies are loaded onto the ship in Southampton, and the firstcrew members are hired. on Saturday, April 6, 1912: The rest of the crew is hired, many of them local residents of Southampton. This was the same day the coal strike ended. Most crew members are drawn from the British Seafarer's Union and the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union.