MacKay-Bennett (1884)
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Aug. 26, 2022

I am looking for information on one of the crew members, his name is James Himmelman.

Danny Himmelman
Oct. 11, 2018

I found the crew index for the MacKay Bennett(1884). It was the funeral ship for the Titanic. My grandfather's name was listed as Nearing, H. It noted him as a bosun, but had 2 asterisks indicating his rank was in question.  I know he was a bosun because his son, my father inherited his bosun whistle. I saw it. My grandfather's full name was Henry Havelock Nearing. He was killed on Dec. 23, 1912 in a storm off Newfoundland. He is buried in the graveyard next to the one they call the "Titanic Graveyard". I believe his grave in in St. John's cemetery. I have a few more memories my father told me about that ship and his father. If you could change the Crew Index to show his whole name, I would appreciate.

Rita Nearing Eldridge

Sept. 6, 2012

It has been told to me that my great grand uncle, Reginald Newton Boyd was on the MacKay-Bennett helping pick up survivors from the Titanic.  Is there any way I can find out if this is true or not please.  Reginald sadly died in the Halifax Explosion of 1917.  Any help would be much appreciated.  I have a picture which contains the crew of the MacKay-Bennett and someone has said they think that Reginald is in that picture but not sure which gentleman he is.

Kind regards,
Kathryn Bryant

July 3, 2012

I have been getting information on William Dawson Livingston who was on the cable ship Mackay-Bennett as a 3rd officer at the time of the sinking of the Titanic. I came across your photo of the crew, would like to know if you would be able to tell me which one he is in the photo. This would be greatly helpful to me.

Thank you,
Maria MacDonald

Apr. 10, 2012

My grandfather, Henry Abner Cordes, was chief engineer on the Mackay-Bennett during the Titanic expedition. Frederick Hamilton, named as "Engineer" on Joseph MacPherson's list, was the cable engineer -- my grandfather was the ship's engineer. In the photo, my grandfather is in the middle row, seated between Capt. Larnder and 2nd Officer Malcolm.

John Cordes,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dec. 30, 2011

I believe my grandfather John Parry to be a crew member on the MacKay-Bennett recovering bodies from the Titanic tragedy, his name is not on your roster.

Patricia Edge

Sept. 14, 2011

My fathers cousin Huey Carter was a crew member of the MacKay-Bennett and assisted with the recovery of bodies from the Titanic. I didn't see his name on the crew list. He was from Greenspond, Newfoundland.

Don Carter

Sept. 8, 2011

My grandfather, Henry Havelock Nearing, was the bosun on The MacKay Bennett when they went to pick up the Titanic dead.  My father, James C. Nearing was 12 years old that year.  He related in great detail about meeting the ship when it returned with the bodies.  The Nearings lived on Lawrence St. near the Citadel. I have researched the Nearing family back to the battle of Louisbourg in Cape Breton. Before that they lived in what is now New England and Delaware (1658).

Rita Nearing Eldridge

May 12, 2011

Carol Goodwin-Goroff (Sidney Goodwins (the Unknown Child) living relative in the States) connected me to your website and information about the volunteer crew members of MacKay-Bennett for the recovery of the sinking of Titanic. My grandfather Clifford Henry Crease was one of them. While out in the cutter, in the icy Atlantic, he personally recovered the body of the Unknown Child (as well as John Jacob Astor). He was instrumental in pulling together the crew and captain to make sure that this little babe was given a proper funeral. And, the plaque that he made stating OUR BABE, and, the crew placed on top of the child's box to be buried was the very thing that preserved the tiniest piece of bone to help discover the DNA findings of Sidney Goodwin.

In 2004 I wrote a book entitled Under the Titanic (before the true identity of Sidney was found), and I am in the writing stages of a revised book, due to come out in April 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1-902-424-7490 has the list of all the names of the crew members for that recovery. I would like to connect with anyone who is related to Sidney Goodwin, and, anyone related to those courageous souls who volunteered their time and lives on MacKay-Bennett that fateful month of April, 1912.

Rabia Wilcox

June 15, 2010

I was excited to find a photo of the crew from the Mackay-Bennett. My great-grandfather was a member of the crew. He is listed on your site as F. J. Malcolm, but his correct name was Frederick Newton Malcolm. If you have the ability to correct his name on your website, my family would be most appreciative. My mother, Frederick 's granddaughter, is now 85. We would love to find the source for the crew photograph, so we can put it on her digital photo frame. Do you have any suggestions for finding this? I was born in Halifax in 1950, but now live in Texas.

Best regards,
Jill K. Ingraham Meglio

June 9, 2010

I've been trying to find a list of names of the crew on the MacKay Bennett, from 1908-1915. I haven't been able to get any info. Would you have any suggestions of where I could try?


Mar. 18, 2009

My grandfather, Joeseph Henry Keating, was the cook on this ship, but I don't know if he was on it at the time
of the Titanic. Your website is the only one I have come across some of the crew names.

Susan Langille,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Mar. 4, 2009

Do you have the names associated with the photo of the MacKay-Bennett's crew or do you know where I would
get it? I suspect that one of the persons in that photo is Daniel MacPherson of Nova Scotia (my Grand Uncle).
I have the names of the 20 officers (see Crew Index) who were on the "Bennett", when she picked-up the
bodies but cannot put the name and the images together definitively. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joseph MacPherson
Shad Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

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