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User:
John Starr March, American, died 1912  Search this
Medium:
metal; glass
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 6 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (15.24 x 8.89 x 3.81 cm)
Type:
Employee Gear
Place:
New Jersey
Date:
1912
Description:
This pocket watch with an engraved gold-plated case was found on the body of John Starr March (1861-1912), an American sea post clerk assigned to the RMS Titanic. The watch’s hands point to 1:27, probably having stopped on the morning of April 15, 1912, as the ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic. Eyewitnesses stated that the postal clerks worked to rescue the mail as the ship was going down. None of the five postal clerks survived the disaster, including March and the two other American clerks, Oscar Scott Woody and William Logan Gwinn, and the British postal clerks James Bertram Williamson and John Richard Jago Smith. March’s body was recovered, and his effects, including this watch, were returned to his two daughters.
Carrier:
Steamship RMS Titanic, April 14-15, 1912  Search this
Topic:
The Gilded Age (1877-1920)  Search this
Postal Employees  Search this
Object number:
1998.2021.1.1
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm842e2e639-94d1-4200-9f4c-b5a0f5e83d8c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1998.2021.1.1