Monday 20 February 2017

Slane man who survived the Titanic sinking

Published 25/04/2012 | 09:25

A SLANE man survived the sinking of the Titanic, simply because he was only one of four Irish First Class passengers.

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James Robert Mcgough was born in Mandistown, Slane in 1876, the son of Thomas Mcgough and Catherine (Dowdell) and with members of the family headed for the United States in 1894 and set up home in Philadelphia.

He became a well paid buyer for Gimbel Brothers in Philadelphia and in April 1912 found himself on board the 'unsinkable' Titanic, heading home to the US.

The Slane Historical Society researched the following details, namely that Mcgough said ignoring ship personnel saved his life.

He knew Mr Andrews, the designer of the ship, and was seating in the dining room when the ship hit the iceberg.

A steward told him there was no cause for alarm, but he felt something wasn't right.

Due to being in First Class, he was on the first boat to be lowered, Lifeboat No.7, and they rowed away from the floundering vessel.

He remarked that they stopped pretty quickly, but realising that the ship was going down, rowed on immediately for half a mile to make sure they weren't dragged under.

He returned to work when he got home and married and was widowed. He lost his job in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. He died in 1937 from cancer at the age of 61.

Any of the local Mcgoughs or Mcgeoughs still around the region?

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