April 15, 1912
New York, U.S.A.
Drowned during the ship's sinking.
Thomas McCawley (1876 – April 15, 1912) was the Titanic's gym instructor.
During the sinking, McCawley remained in the gym and told a passenger that he would not wear a life jacket, as it might interfere with his swimming. John Jacob Astor had warned him that the water would actually damage his stroke, since the ship was 1130 kilometers from the coast. This indeed, cost him his life, being mercilessly sucked by a vortex of hundreds of tons of water created by the fall of the first stack.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- McCawley was portrayed by Brian McDermott in James Cameron's Titanic, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical version and was uncredited. However, he can still be seen in the film's deleted scenes.
- In actual world history, McCawley did not survive the sinking, so it can be assumed that his fictional counterpart shared his fate.
- The character within the film appears older than his real life counterpart as McCawley gave his age as 36.