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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
Production
Portrayer John Kazek

Steward Turnbull was Third Class Steward on RMS Titanic and one of the main antagonists in the show.

AppearanceEdit

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.

BiographyEdit

He is first seen in the Third Class dining room during the sinking sequence. 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. 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.

Turnbull tries to calm the passengers by speaking to them and he blindly promises them that they'll be taken to the boat deck. As he 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. He even shoves Jim Maloney back when he wanted to have his family on deck, this causes Peter Lubov to ask him what was that for. Turnbull gets down from the stairs and tells Lubov to stand back. Suddenly, Lubov attacks Turnbull and pulls him to the ground in a possible attempt to kill him, which gives Mary Maloney and her children a chance to get past the gate. After being saved by Steward Baxter, Turnbull locks the gates.

Afterwards he gets back to his step on the stairs and watches over Hill and Baxter as they try to hold back the passengers who are now in a state on panic. When Sixth Officer Moody arrive, it is revealed that Turnbull knows that the Italian crewmembers of the à la Carte Restaurant are locked away below decks. 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 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

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

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

GalleryEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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