Steward Turnbull (from 2012 Miniseries)
Steward Turnbull (from 2012 Miniseries)
Biological Information
Full Name (first name unknown) Turnbull
Nickname(s) N/A
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1864[1]
Date of Death April 15th, 1912
Cause of Death Drowned
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Dark Brown
Alignment Bad
Background Information
Family N/A
Friends N/A
Hometown Glasgow, Scotland, UK[2]
Religion N/A
Titanic Statistics
Boarded Southampton, England
Destination New York, U.S.A.
Class Victualling Crew
Portrayer John Kazek

Steward (first name unknown) Turnbull was a Third Class Steward on the Titanic.


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.


Turnbull came from Scotland based on his accent and most likely had worked on many White Star ships. However he keeps his negative views of the Steerage to himself.

After the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and began to sink, many of the Steerage passengers headed towards the Third Class dining room. However the gate is closed and Turnbull is guarding the gate with John Hart and two other stewards. Hart and Turnbull have an argument over letting the Steerage go up to the boat deck, especially when David Evans demands to know why aren't being let out and if the children can go up.

As panic begins to build up and Turnbull refusing to let them pass the gate, Hart takes action and tells the passengers to bring up the women and children. As Jim Maloney is about to bring his wife and his children to bring up to the boat deck, but Turnbull orders that is enough people and tells them to back from the gate. Jim wants to let his family through, but Turnbull pushes him and tells him to stand back. Peter Lubov asks what was the meaning for his actions, Turnbull gets up to Lubov and tells him to stand back. Lubov then grabs Turnbull and pulls him down and tells Mary to run. After a steward helps free Turnbull, the gate is shut and locked fortunately Mary and her children make it past the gate.

Afterwards as the two stewards try to hold back the Steerage passengers, Sixth Officer Moody and two sailors arrive on scene. The two sailors help control the crowd with the two Steerage stewards while Moody is stationed near Turnbull asking him about where are the Italian waiters, which Turnbull tells him they are locked in a room. Moody asks if that was really necessary, in which Turnbull says it was for the best. Moody then informs Turnbull to let the men out once the order is given, however Turnbull doesn't acknowledges Moody command.

As a group of stokers rush pass to get to the boat deck, Mario stops and goes down to the gate asking why they aren't allowing the passengers out. Moody and Turnbull try to ignore him but his demands for the release of the passengers causes Turnbull to unlock the gate and push him into the crowd to get captured by the two sailors to be locked with the Italians. However this causes the stewards to loose control of the crowd; the two sailors warn Turnbull to lock the gate but Lubov and Jim Maloney rush up the stairs and past the gate. The passengers rush up the gate and shove Moody and Turnbull away from the gate so they can escape.

Turnbull is last seen below decks as the passageway floods as Paolo races to find and rescue Mario. Paolo asks where the Italians are locked, Turnbull asks if wants to join them. This causes Paolo to shove Turnbull against a wall and demands to know where are they locked. Turnbull tells him where they are, but tells him the door will stay locked until the Titanic hits the bottom of the Ocean. However after he leaves to save himself, Lubov turns up (looking for Jim's daughter Theresa) and helps save Mario and the Italian waiters.

Steward Turnbull most likely dies during the sinking of the RMS Titanic, however there might of been possible that he survived on Collapsible A.


From what is seen in Turnbull's actions, he is a very unpleasant and a hate filled man. When the Third Class passengers he lies and tells them there is no danger. Turnbull is often seen standing above Steward Hart and the two other stewards with crossed arms as to show them who is in charge. In next scene standing with fists on his hips. He refuses to allow the children up to the boat deck and gets into a verbal altercation with Steward Hart who sees that they cannot hold the Steerage back; which shows Hart is questioning his authority. He silently objects when Hart announces he'll take the women and children to the boat deck. Once more women and children are about to leave, he deliberately cuts off their path and pushes back Jim Maloney. When confronted about his attitude he arrogantly gets into Lubov's face announcing him that he "said... Stand back", which cause Peter Lubov to attack Turnbull so Mary and her children can escape.

Turnbull is racist towards the Italian crewmembers; which was common in 1912. He is alright with them locked in a room by the seamen and he deliberately doesn't order the Italians to be released despite being ordered by Moody. He opens the gate to get Mario locked up with the other Italians, but his distraction gets Lubov and Jim a chance to charge the gate and get to the boat deck with the other Steerage passengers following suit.

Historical accuracyEdit

None of the stewards would have acted towards the passengers in that manor that Turnbull uses towards the passengers.


  • His character is one of the most unpleasant characters in all the fictional characters in any Titanic films, for his ignorant attitude towards the Steerage passengers and his racist views on the Italian crewmembers.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Age based on filming the 2012 mini-series filming in May to July of 2011.
  2. John Kazek's location.