He was born in Ireland, orphaned and raised by an uncle. O’Loughlin studied medicine in Dublin. He went to sea when 21 years old and was to be a ship’s surgeon for 40 years. He served on the Olympic before the Titanic.
During the voyage he regularly dined with Thomas Andrews and occasionally with Captain Smith and Bruce Ismay. After the ship struck he told Stewardess Mary Sloan, “Child, things are very bad.” As the water reached C Deck he stood with Purser Herbert McElroy, Assistant Purser Reginald Barker and Assistant Surgeon J Edward Simpson. They were joined briefly by Second Officer Lightoller, shook hands and said goodbye.
About 1.45 am Chief Baker Charles Joughin, who was drinking in his cabin, saw Dr O’Loughlin who was searching for something. O’Loughlin’s body was never recovered.
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