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Augustus Henry Weikman (17th February 1860 - 7th November 1924) was a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and a barber on board.

Career Edit

He would work in the First Class Barber Shop and was paid a shilling a week. He relied on tips from First Class passengers for his wages.

Sinking Edit

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, he was in the barbers reading and he felt a slight jar, but said it didn't feel serious. After seeing G Deck flood after going to check, he knew the ship was in trouble. He assisted Bruce Ismay launch and load the lifeboats, and after several lifeboats, he went back to his room and got an old suit on "to avoid spoiling his new uniform." He came back to see Ismay climb in Collapsible C.

During the sinking, Weikman fell into the water and began to swim away from the ship. An explosion on the ship threw him further away, where he then saw a raft constructed out of deck chairs tied together nearby. He climbed on board.

When the ship went under, he scanned the area and saw a lifeboat 600 feet away. The chair raft was not large enough and his legs and feet were still in the water, so he figured he'd have a higher chance of survival if he boarded the lifeboat. He paddled to the side to see the boat had very few people onboard. He climbed aboard. Some of the people in the boat were already dead, probably from exposure, but he survived and was rescued by the Carpathia along with all other remaining passengers in the lifeboats, where he was found to be partially conscious.

On board the Carpathia he found himself in a steerage dining room surrounded by people who didn't speak English. His feet were found to be frozen. He searched his pockets and found a £1 dollar bill, which he kept as a souvenir of the event.

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