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James McGrady

James McGrady

James McGrady was a crew member that worked in the saloon onboard the RMS Titanic. Unfortunately, he did not survive the sinking and was later recovered by the ship SS Algerine on May 25, 1912. He was the last body to be recovered from the Titanic.

Early Life[]

Mr James McGrady was born on March 8, 1885 in Lisnamore, Crossgar in Co Down, Ireland into a Roman Catholic family. He was the illegitimate son of Ann Hagan.

The identity of James's father is not entirely certain; there have been reports that he was a railway worker by the name of James McGrady who apparently died before the younger James was born. No such records have surfaced for any such death occurring. It may have been a simple case that James' mother and father just never married and the absence of a father was explained away in stark and final terms.

His mother was later remarried to Thomas Alphonsus Savage, a farmer from Killyleagh, Co Down yet further details about this match remain unclear and it is not known if they had any children.

Titanic[]

When he signed-on to the Titanic on April 6, 1912, McGrady gave his local address as the Platform Tavern in Southampton, United Kingdom. His previous ship had been the RMS Oceanic and as a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

On April 14, 1912, Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 PM. McGrady died in the sinking.

His body was later recovered, around May 25, 1912, by the steamship SS Algerine. The body was transferred to the SS Florizel and returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 11, 1912, and was buried along with other Titanic victims at Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

McGrady's was the last body to be recovered and was listed as #330 but, in fact, only 328 bodies were recovered.

Death[]

McGrady died during the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. His body was recovered by the ship SS Algerine.

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