Tootal, Frederick Edward Owen

Frederick E. O. Tootal: he was a stock broker, born 16 February 1876 in Rio de Janeiro. He was connected with Messrs. Ellis & Company. He had become a Master of Arts in 1898 (in Cambridge?) and later served as a lieutenant in the first world war. In 1911, he lived at 23 Albemarle Street in St. George Hanover Square, London, listed as an unmarried stock broker. His parents seem to have been Albert, a merchant born about 1840 in Hull, Yorkshire, and Suisita Tootal, born about 1850 and a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1915, he lived in London. He had sailed from Liverpool, England, 20 March 1915 on the Lusitania and had come to New York 26 March, together with James Battersby, who would survive the sinking of the Lusitania some weeks later, and George Maurice, who fell victim to the sinking. Mr. Tootal was noted as an unmarried stockbroker aged 39 years and one month. He was bound for the Aston Hotel in New York City. He was 5’8’’, had fair hair and blue eyes.      Mr. Tootal, who survived the Lusitania disaster, later testified at the British investigation pertaining to the sinking of the Lusitania. He died in 1957 in Kensington, London.

1169. Mr. Dunlop: Failing with the boats on the port side, did you then go to the starboard side?
– Yes, we went round to the starboard side.

1170. And did you find a boat there?
– Yes, we found a boat there quite empty.

1171. I think you went to one of the after boats – the most after boat on the starboard side?
– Yes.

1172. That would be No. 21 b?
– I do not know what the number was.

1173. Was that boat swung out?
– Yes, it was swung out and hanging out from the ship’s side about 5 feet.

1174. And was there difficulty in consequence in getting into it?
– Nobody would get into it because of that.

1175. Did you assist people to get in?
– My friend and I jumped in and we could just reach the hands of the people on deck.

1176. Did you fill the boat?
– We got a lot of women in the boat.

1177. What happened to that boat?
– They started to lower us when some other people jumped in and the man who was looking after the fore davit ropes could not control them. I think he must have let go of them by accident and the boat was tilted forward like that and we were all thrown into the water.

1178. And did you manage to swim to some other boat?
– When I came up I saw another boat about 30 yards away and I swam towards her and they took me in.

1179. And were you afterwards picked up?
– Yes, I was afterwards picked up by a trawler.

1180. What do you say with regard to the behaviour of the crew of the “Lusitania”?
– I could not see many of them when the accident happened, but those I saw seemed perfectly collected. There were two men at the ropes of that boat that tried to lower us and the men on the boat that eventually picked me up were perfectly right.

1181. So far as you could see, were they rendering every assistance possible?
– Those that I saw were, yes.

1182. Was there any panic?
– No. There was a great deal of excitement on “D” deck naturally but there was no raging panic.

The material presented on this page has been researched by Peter Engberg-Klarström. Copyright 2017 Peter Engberg-Klarström.
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