Steward Turnbull (from 2012 Miniseries)
Steward Turnbull (from 2012 Miniseries)
Biological Information
Full Name Steward Turnbull
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1863[1]
Date of Death April 15th, 1912
Cause of Death Drowned
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Alignment Bad
Background Information
Hometown Glasgow, Scotland, UK[2]
Titanic Statistics
Boarded Southampton, England
Destination New York, U.S.A.
Class Victualling crew
Portrayer John Kazek

Steward Turnbull is a fictional Third Class Steward of the Titanic in the 2012 Miniseries and one of the main antagonists in the show.


Turnbull was 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) tall, white male. He had short, dark hair and brown eyes. During his appearances on the show, he wore a standard white 3rd class steward's tunic.


He is portrayed as an arrogant steward who would rather leave the steerage down below decks, he even argues with fellow third class steward John Edward Hart who believes that they should take the women and children to the boat deck. He tries to keep shutting down suggestions and questions from David Evans about what is happening. Evans at one point suggest to bring the children to the boat deck, but Turnbull rejects the idea. Turnbull is seen trying to calm the passengers by speaking to them (along with Steward Hart and Hill). It is noted that he likes to wield his power as a steward more over the safety of the passengers in Steerage, a perfect example of his authority is standing above Hart, Hill, and Baxter on the staircase as to show how much authority he has over his fellow stewards.

When Turnbull keep refusing to allow the Steerage passengers telling Hart they have orders to keep the Steerage back, Hart begins to realize the situation is getting out of hand and announces he'll take women and children to the boat deck. Suddenly Steward Turnbull orders the Steerage passengers back, thus cutting off their escape route to the boat deck. Even shoves Jim Maloney back when he wanted to have his family on deck, this causes Peter Lubov attacks Turnbull (possibly trying to kill him in the process), which gives Mary Maloney and her children a chance to get past the gate. After being saved by Steward Baxter, Turnbull locks the gates.

It is later revealed that he knows that the Italian crewmembers of the à la Carte Restaurant are locked away below decks, Sixth Officer Moody then tells him to let the Italians out when the order is given. Later Mario Sandrini sees what is happening and gets into an verbal fight with Moody and Turnbull over locking the Steerage passengers below deck, this prompts Turnbull to open the gate and force him into the crowds so the two sailors can lock him with the waiters. However the seamen leaving the line Lubov and Jim Maloney decide to take action and make a run for the gates. Turnbull is shoved aside by Lubov. As more passengers rush up the stairs, the Seamen shout out to close the gate as they take Mario away. Turnbull gets into a struggle with another male passenger (played by Hungarian stuntman József Kovalik) but is shoved against the bulkhead wall as the Steerage passengers rush up to the boat deck. As the passengers run past the gate, he has a look of defeat.

We last see Steward Turnbull trying to leave the flooding corridors after he tells Paolo Sandrini that he can join the other Italians in the locked room. However Paolo grabs him and pushes him to the wall demanding where are they located. Turnbull tells him where he can find the Italian crewmembers, but shows less concern for them telling Paolo that the door will stay locked until the Titanic hits the ocean flood. This shows that he is a racist towards the Italian waiters/crewmen on the Titanic.

It is believed that he dies during the sinking, since he is not seen on Collapsible B and Collapsible A is not seen in the mini-series.

Historical accuracyEdit

While his character is fictional, there are some major differences between the events regarding the Third Class passengers in both the actual sinking and in the dramatization of the mini-series. The Third Class passengers are shown being kept in the Third Class dining room with the Bostwick gate closed, in real life the dining room wasn't closed off with a gate. In any event, the majority of Third Class passengers were kept in the aft well deck while other passengers congregated in the Third Class general room and Third Class Smoking room. According to survivor testimony, it was the sailor on the Titanic who were keeping the Third Class passengers back from getting to the boat deck.

As for the treatment of the À La Carte Restaurant Italian crewmembers is completely fictionalized in the mini-series with them locked in a room. According to Paul Maugé, the kitchen clerk and sole male survivor the restaurant staff, the men were only held back from going to the boat deck by stewards mainly because they weren't dressed in their waiter/cook uniforms but merely looked like other passengers on the Titanic.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. John Kazek was 49 years old during the filming.
  2. John Kazek's location.

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