Father Francis Browne
1st Class Passenger
Age: 31. Residence: Dublin, Ireland
Hello, my friend. I’m Father Francis Browne. I’m training as a Jesuit priest, but my superior allowed me some time off to accompany friends on the first two legs of Titanic’s maiden voyage. We boarded in Southampton, England as first-class passengers and will disembark in Queenstown, Ireland.
Next to my faith, photography is my second passion. What began in my teens as a hobby has become something of an obsession. Take Titanic: There’s nothing like her in all the world. I couldn’t wait to photograph her. She commands your attention, just like the pyramids of Egypt or India’s Taj Mahal. I’ve already shot rolls of film, hoping to capture this experience and convey the ship’s atmosphere and mood.
When we reached Queenstown, I wanted to stay aboard. Perhaps it was divine intervention, but there was no mistaking the intent of my superior’s brusque tone when he commanded “Get off the ship!”