Joseph Zupicich

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Joseph Zupicich
Born October 1893
Died Template:Death date (aged 93)
Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Known for crewmember during RMS Titanic rescue on RMS Carpathia

Joseph Zupicich (October 1893 – April 11, 1987) was a crewmember on the RMS Carpathia when RMS Titanic survivors boarded the liner after being rescued on April 15, 1912 from lifeboats by the Carpathia crew.[1]

Biography

Zupicich was born in 1893 in Istria Austria-Hungary. He worked as a steward foreman on the RMS Carpathia, a Cunard passenger liner that sailed the North Atlantic.[1]

The Morning Call quoted a 1982 interview of Zupicich with the Shamokin News on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Zupicich and other stewards were playing cards on the night of April 14, 1912, when Carpathia Captain Arthur Rostron summoned the crew on deck. According to Zupicich in the article, the captain told the crew, "We are in danger. I am risking your lives. The Titanic is in trouble and is sinking and we have to go help them." Zupicich described to the paper how the Carpathia, 50 miles away, picked its way through the icebergs to reach Titanic lifeboats.[1]

His daughter, Marie Zupicich, in 1968 wrote down an eight-page accounting of the five hours that her father and fellow crew members spent rescuing Titanic victims and taking them aboard the Carpathia. She mailed it to newspaper man William C. LeVan, and he published the story, along with a photo of Zupicich.[2]

After 22 trips across the Atlantic as a ship steward, Zupicich worked as a miner in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He died in 1987 at 94 years old.[2]

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