Washington Roebling was named after his uncle, one of the builders of the Brooklyn Bridge. After college, he was an engineer and later designed race cars. Returning from Europe on the Titanic, after the collision with the iceberg, Roebling reportedly assisted numerous passengers to the lifeboats, but both he and his travel companion perished on board the sinking ship.
Engineer, Titanic victim. Born Washington Augustus Roebling, II on March 25, 1881, in Trenton, New Jersey. The only son of Charles G. Roebling, president of John A. Roebling Sons Company, Washington Roebling was named after his uncle, one of the builders of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Roebling's mother died during his childhood.
Roebling graduated with a degree in engineering before working for his father at the Roebling Wire Co. He later designed racecars at the Walter Automobile plant and won second place in the Vanderbilt Cup Race with his Roebling-Planche racecar in 1910.
In 1912, Roebling and his friend Stephen Weart Blackwell left America for a tour of Europe. The two young men returned home aboard the Titanic on April 14. After the collision, Roebling reportedly assisted numerous passengers to the lifeboats, but both he and Blackwell perished on board the sinking ship. Roebling's father, a prominent member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Trenton, later had a memorial built to his son.
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