Plaque honour for heroic Titanic officer

A copy of the Daily Mirror dated Tuesday April 16th 1912 reporting the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago this week, being sold on Saturday by David Duggleby Auctioneers. And below, James Paul Moody.
A copy of the Daily Mirror dated Tuesday April 16th 1912 reporting the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago this week, being sold on Saturday by David Duggleby Auctioneers. And below, James Paul Moody.

A HEROIC Scarborough naval officer who died trying to save passengers on the doomed Titanic liner is to be officially commemorated on Saturday.

James Paul Moody, who was born in Granville Road, South Cliff, in 1887, was the sixth and youngest officer on RMS Titanic, which sank after striking an iceberg on April 15, 1912.

The 24-year-old was the man who answered the bridge phone from the lookout and uttered the now famous, yet fateful words: “Iceberg right ahead”.

Now, a blue plaque will go up at 17 Granville Road, off Filey Road to remember him – on the centenary of the great tragedy.

It has been provided by the Friends of HMS Conway and will be revealed on Saturday - a century on from when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.

Adrian Perry, chairman of Scarborough Civic Society, said: “If ever there was a time to unveil this plaque, it is now.

“It is great that we can recognise people from Scarborough who had such amazing lives.” He added the society was extremely grateful to the Friends group for funding the plaque.

Moody attended the training ship HMS Conway from the age of 14 and later attended King Edward VII Nautical School in London where he passed his Masters Examination in April 1911.

Records show he was on watch when Titanic struck the iceberg at 11.40pm on April 14, 1912.

It took two hours and 40 minutes for the ocean liner to sink and during this time Moody is said to have filled three five-ton lifeboats but refused to go in one himself.

As a junior officer he should have manned one of the lifeboats.

He was last seen by Second Officer Charles Lightoller trying to launch a collapsible boat at about 2.18am.

He was the only junior officer to lose his life and his sacrifice has also been marked on a monument in Woodlands Cemetery and at St-Martin-on-the-Hill Church.

l The commemoration of Mr Moody will be highlighted further by a Scarborough auction of a national newspaper report on the tragedy.

David Duggleby Auctioneers, in Vine Street, is selling a copy of the newspaper from Tuesday, April 16 1912, on Saturday. The newspaper is estimated to sell for between £50 and £70.

Mr Duggleby said it reports passengers and crews are fine and carries two pages inside on the disaster with the headline, “After a morning of suspense, everyone is safe.”

Mr Duggleby added: “It is very topical at the moment and the fact that it is 100 years ago will hopefully add to its popularity.”

Duggleby’s is also selling rare architect’s plans at the same auction: see pages 18-19.