Reginald Lee

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Reginald Robinson Lee (May 19, 1870 – August 6, 1913) was a lookout stationed in the crow's nest of the RMS Titanic when the ship collided with an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, 1912.

Born in Benson, England, Lee joined the Titanic​'s crew on April 6, 1912, having been transferred from its sister ship, RMS Olympic.[1]. On April 14, Lee joined lookout Frederick Fleet in the crow's nest beginning at 10 p.m. The binoculars the two were supposed to use were misplaced forcing the lookouts to rely on their own eyesight.[2]. At 10:39 p.m., Fleet noticed an iceberg directly in Titanic​'s path and called the bridge uttering those famous words, "Iceberg, right ahead!"[3]. Lee was ordered to man lifeboat No. 13, which was launched from the starboard side of Titanic at 1:30 a.m. As a result, Lee surviving the sinking, as did Fleet

Lee testified before the Board of Trade Inquiry about the disaster, but died shortly thereafter from complications from pneumonia on August 6, 1913.

From Encyclopedia Titanica

Mr Reginald Robinson Lee was born in Bensington [1], Oxfordshire in 1870, the son of William Lee (schoolmaster) and his wife Jane [2]. He was baptized at the church of St. Helen, Bensington on 19 June 1870.

While the family were living in Bensington a daughter, Agnes, was born. Around 1886 they moved to Hampshire where another son, Herbert, was born and three more daughters followed.

In 1881 William was schoolmaster at St. Jude's School, Portsea, Hampshire. When he signed-on to the Titanic in Southampton on 6 April 1912, Reginald Lee gave his address as 62 Threefold Lane, (Southampton). He had transferred from the Olympic. As a lookout he received monthly wages of £5.

Lee was in the crows nest with Fred Fleet when the iceberg was sighted at about 11.40 p.m. on 14 April 1912. He was rescued in lifeboat 13.

Lee subsequently testified before the board of trade inquiry.

He died 6th August 1913 whilst serving aboard the Kenilworth Castle. He is buried at Highland Road Cemetery, Southsea.

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