RMS Titanic

Five postal workers - Americans Oscar Scott Woody, John Starr March, and William Logan Gwinn and British postal workers James Bertram Williamson and John Richard Jago Smith - operated a Mail Room and Post Office on board RMS Titanic. The team sorted through 3,364 bags of mail and processed outbound mail for passengers. The last recorded sighting of the postal workers recalls their determination to save the mail in the face of grave danger. One steward remembered that he “urged them to leave their work. They shook their heads and continued.” All five men died when the ship sank in the Atlantic in 1912.

A memorial erected in their memory remembers them as “steadfast in peril.” The ship and those on board were honoured in April 2012 - 100 years after the disaster – with a commemorative stamp sheet.

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