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ONE OF OVER 2,208 PASSENGER & CREW STORIES - GEORGE ANDREW BRERETON, BORN NOVEMBER 12, 1874

In the days of the great ocean-going vessels on the Atlantic, gamblers and swindlers found many opportunities to bilk wealthy passengers out of huge sums of money. Three such men traveled on the maiden voyage of Titanic, including George Brereton of California, who traveled under the alias “George Brayton”.

Gambler Brereton was a native of Minnesota, but often spoke with a British accent and claimed to be from a titled family, and members of his second wife’s family would recall they never heard him speak without the British accent. Notorious for his swindling, both on the high seas and terra firma, he had become very familiar with the inside of a jail cell.

Brereton traveled as a first-class passenger, mingling with the wealthy men that spent time in the first-class smoking room. He was there when the ship struck the iceberg, and realizing the peril, entered one of the lifeboats early on. Following his rescue, wealthy survivor Henry Stengel befriended him, and though welcomed into Stengel’s New Jersey home, Brereton still tried to swindle the man who was helping him.

Some years later, Brereton again sailed the North Atlantic and met Miss Hazel Rell. The two began an affair. Brereton was married, but his wife allegedly shot and killed herself in 1922. At the time, a newspaper stated the gunshot was heard by her best friend in the next room. The best friend was identified as Miss Hazel Rell. One month after the “suicide”, George and Hazel were married.

The second Brereton marriage was also unhappy. The couple adopted a son, the alleged out-of-wedlock child of a well-known Hollywood actress. George was arrested numerous times over the years. After he and Hazel divorced, he lived with a sister in Los Angeles where he actually did commit suicide in 1942 at the age of 67.

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2nd Class Passenger
Jessie L. Trout
Born 1885
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1st Class Passenger
Mark Fortune
Born 1847
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1st Class Passenger
Gilbert Milligan Tucker, Jr.
Born 1880
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3rd Class Passenger
Thomas Joseph McCormack
Died 1975
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3rd Class Passenger
Edward Ryan
Died 1974
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2nd Class Passenger
Argene Del Carlo
Born 1887
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Barber
Augustus H. Weikman
Died 1924
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3rd Class Passenger
Agnes Charlotta Sandstrom
Born 1887
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1st Class Passenger
Richard Leonard Beckwith
Born 1874
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2nd Class Passenger
Emily Hocking Richards
Died 1972
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Saloon Steward
Boysie Richard Russell
Born 1894
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3rd Class Passenger
Catherine McCarthy Croke
Died 1948
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3rd Class Passenger
Anna Bernhardina Skoog
Born 1868
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1st Class Passenger
Myra Haxtun Harper
Died 1923
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2nd Class Passenger
Ethel Clarke Beane
Born 1892
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1st Class Passenger
Isaac Gerald Frauenthal
Died 1932
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Fireman/Stoker
George Terrill Thresher
Died 1939
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1st Class Maid
Mary Anne Perreault Pickett
Died 1968
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1st Class Passenger
Margaretta Corning Spedden
Born 1872
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1st Class Passenger
Herbert Fuller Chaffee
Born 1865
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5th Officer
Harold Godfrey Lowe
Born 1882
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3rd Class Passenger
Ida Sofia Strandberg
Born 1889
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2nd Class Passenger
William Hull Botsford
Born 1886
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3rd Class Passenger
Anna Elisabeth Judith Dyker
Born 1889
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1st Class Passenger
Ruth Taussig
Born 1893
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2nd Class Passenger
Harvey Collyer
Born 1880
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1st Class Passenger
Leila Meyer Ranger
Died 1957
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3rd Class Passenger
May Elizabeth Howard
Died 1958
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1st Class Passenger
Eleanor Genevieve Cassebeer
Born 1875
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1st Class Passenger
Juliet Cummins Taylor
Born 18627
         
 
 
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