JAMES MCGRADY – THE LAST BODY RECOVERED FROM TITANIC
The last body recovered from the Titanic wreck was James McGrady’s. His body was listed at #330, though that number never added up as only 228 bodies were actually recovered from the sea. Unfortunately, little is known about McGrady before his time on Titanic.
Born around 1896 in Lissamore, Northern Ireland, McGrady was the child of railway worker James McGrady and Ann Higgins. James Sr. died before his son was born, and Ann proceeded to remarry farmer Tom Savage. At the age of 16, James, who was called ‘Hugh’ by his family members, joined White Star Line as a steward. He transferred to Titanic from her sister ship, Oceanic, in Southampton just before her maiden voyage.
McGrady’s body was still wearing a lifejacket when it was recovered from the icy waters. There is some dispute as to whether the recovery ship Algerine or the Montmagny recovered his body. According to the roster of bodies, the steamer Algerine recovered McGrady’s body on June 6th. He was buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia with other Titanic victims.