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Posted Aboard RMS Titanic

Oscar Scott Woody

Oscar Scott Woody
Oscar Scott Woody
Oscar Scott Woody

The tragedy of Titanic is full of personal ironies, and some of the cruelest involved the American sea post clerks assigned to the ship. Oscar Scott Woody was happily celebrating the approach of his 44th birthday at the stern of the ship with his colleagues when it struck the iceberg. Woody died on his birthday.

A native of Roxboro, North Carolina, Woody was ordered to travel to Europe aboard S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, that sailed from New York on April 2. Upon arriving in Plymouth, Woody was instructed to make his way to Southampton. From there, Edwin Sands, Assistant Superintendent of Foreign Mails, ordered him to “return to New York as a clerk in the sea post office on the S.S. Titanic, sailing from Southampton, on April 10th.”

Oscar Scott Woody’s Travel Orders
Sea post clerk Oscar Scott Woody received this travel order dated April 1, 1912, instructing him to proceed to Southampton for service aboard RMS Titanic.
Oscar Scott Woody’s Travel Orders

American sea post clerks, like Oscar Scott Woody, earned about $1,000 a year. This salary was considered a small fortune by the standards of the times, especially since sea post clerks traveled aboard luxurious vessels, took their meals in a separate dining room and were allotted an allowance for their board while in a foreign country.

Woody’s Pocket Watch
This Ingersoll/Midgett pocket watch belonged to Oscar Scott Woody. It is corroded from immersion in sea water following the sinking of RMS Titanic.
Was on loan from the Miotell Collection of San Francisco through W. John Miottel, Jr.
This Ingersoll/Midgett pocket watch belonged to Oscar Scott Woody. It is corroded from immersion in sea water following the sinking of RMS Titanic.
Was on loan from the Miotell Collection of San Francisco through W. John Miottel, Jr.

Masonic Dues Card
Masonic dues card found on Woody's body following the sinking of Titanic
Was on loan from the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland.
Masonic Dues Card
Masonic dues card found on Woody's body following the sinking of Titanic
Was on loan from the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland.
Masonic pocket knife
Masonic pocket knife found on Woody's body following the sinking of Titanic.
Was on loan from the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland.

Off duty, Woody was a devoted Mason. These two Masonic dues cards and Masonic pocket knife were found on his body following the sinking of Titanic.
Was on loan from the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland.

Woody’s chain and keys
This 24-inch metal chain, with its larger Eagle mailbag lock key and two smaller keys, was attached to Oscar Scott Woody’s belt when his body was recovered at sea. One side of the larger key is stamped “Sea Post” and “101.”
This 24-inch metal chain, with its larger Eagle mailbag lock key and two smaller keys, was attached to Oscar Scott Woody’s belt when his body was recovered at sea. One side of the larger key is stamped “Sea Post” and “101.”