Titanic Sea Post Clerk John Starr March's pocket watch


Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

This pocket watch with an engraved gold-plated case was found on the body of John Starr March (1861-1912), an American sea post clerk assigned to the RMS Titanic. The watch’s hands point to 1:27, probably having stopped on the morning of April 15, 1912, as the ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic. Eyewitnesses stated that the postal clerks worked to rescue the mail as the ship was going down. None of the five postal clerks survived the disaster, including March and the two other American clerks, Oscar Scott Woody and William Logan Gwinn, and the British postal clerks James Bertram Williamson and John Richard Jago Smith. March’s body was recovered, and his effects, including this watch, were returned to his two daughters.

Museum ID: 1998.2021.1.1


  • Title: Titanic Sea Post Clerk John Starr March's pocket watch
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: 15.24 x 8.89 x 3.81 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Titanic, John Starr March
  • External Link: Posted Aboard RMS Titanic
  • Medium: metal; glass

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