Frank Oliver Evans
Born(1884-05-15)15 May 1884
Naphill, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.
Died19 May 1952(1952-05-19) (aged 68)
Hillingdon Hospital, Greater London, England, U.K.
Northwood Cemetery, Ruislip, Middlesex, England, U.K.
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Merchant Navy
Years of service1899 – 1907
1914 – 1918
1939 – 1945
UnitRMS Titanic
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II

Frank Oliver Evans was a British Able Seaman of the RMS Titanic as part of its Deck Crew. He was known for being a survivor of the ship as well as being one of 18 crew members of the lifeboat drill.

Military career

Evans was born on 15 May 1884 at Naphill, Buckinghamshire as one of twelve children of Joseph Evans and Mary Elliot. Evans enlisted in the Royal Navy on 17 July 1899[1] and was initially stationed on HMS Impregnable but later transferred to HMS Lion, HMS Victory, and HMS Mars. On 1901, Evans was docked at Gibraltar as a signal boy and continued service aboard HMS Fearless, HMS Sirius, HMS St Vincent, HMS Formidable and HMS Diana before being discharged on 4 September 1907. Around this time, Evans was described as while having good characteristics, he often got himself into trouble and was arrested at least three times for several misdemeanours.[2]

Merchant career and the Titanic

Evans remained out of any naval service until 1911 when Evans decided to join the Merchant Navy and was chosen to work at the Union-Castle Line within HMHS Tintagel Castle and the Ferneo and the Olympic of the White Star Line. Evans then signed up to become a crew member of the RMS Titanic on 6 April 1912 and was listed as being from Southampton. Unlike most crew of the Titanic, Evans had recognized his assigned lifeboat due to taking part in the lifeboat drill training prior to the sinking. Evans was at the Forward Mess Hall on the C Deck when the Sinking of the Titanic had occurred. Evans was ordered to find the Carpenter and sound all the wells forward but after failing to find the Carpenter, he found Boatswain Alfred Nichols and along with other crew members, he helped uncover port side boats and lowering Lifeboat's 1 and 12 before being ordered to board Lifeboat 10 by William McMaster Murdoch, joining with Edward John Buley.[2][1][3]

Within the water, Lifeboat 10 pulled 200 yards away from the Titanic and managed to unite with Lifeboats 4, 12, 14 and D. Evans reported seeing the Titanic split into two between the 3rd and 4th funnels. Evans was then ordered by Harold Lowe to transfer to Lifeboat 14 and later returned to the Titanic in an attempt to find any remaining survivors.[3][4] Evans searched at Collapsible B and A but later testified that he was unable to search underwater due to fears of becoming unnerved and having a breakdown. After being rescued by the RMS Carpathia, he traveled to New York City and wrote an inquiry with William Alden Smith, documenting his experiences in the Titanic on 26 April 1912.[2][1][5]

Later years

Evans continued to work as a merchant sailor during the 1920s, serving in World War I and in World War II. After being made a quartermaster, he served on the Mississippi, San Jeronimo and the Trinculo. After the inquiry, Evans rarely talked about his involvement in the Titanic as the events had traumatized him. He never married and retired at London and spent his final days at Ruislip, Middlesex. He died at the Hillingdon Hospital on 19 May 1952 and was buried at the Northwood Cemetery in an unmarked grave.[2][6]


  1. ^ a b c "TIP: United States Senate Inquiry, Day 7, Testimony of Frank O. Evans (Able Bodied Seaman, SS Titanic)". Titanic Inquiry Project. Archived from the original on January 27, 2022. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Frank Oliver Evans: Titanic Survivor". Encyclopedia Titanica. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Titanic's Officers - RMS Titanic - Fifth Officer Lowe". Titanic's Officers. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  4. ^ Mac Smith (June 15, 2014). Mainers on the Titanic. Down East Books. p. 193. ISBN 978-1608933051. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Maureen Zottoli (June 23, 2016). The R.M.S. Titanic and Washington, D. C.: One Hundred Years: 1912 to 2012 - People, Government Process and Precedent, Investigations, and Locations: Part 3. AuthorHouse. p. 85. ISBN 978-1524624200. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  6. ^ "Evans, Mr. Frank Oliver". Bulldogz. Retrieved September 11, 2022.