Edward Ryan (January 28th, 1888 - November 5th, 1974) was a Third Class passenger of the Titanic. He survived the sinking in Lifeboat 14. Fifth Officer Lowe emptied that boat and in the process, he discovered a young man disguised as an old woman and pitched him in Lifeboat 10. This may have been Edward Ryan, who recalled he pretended to be a woman.
He was the son of Daniel Ryan. He lived at Ballinareen, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Ryan boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 383162, £7 15s). His destination was the home of his sister, Mrs Bridget Welsh, Troy, New York. Although on the passenger list he had been listed as a general labourer, when he arrived in New York he gave his occupation as chauffeur.
On the night of the sinking Edward managed to board lifeboat 14 wearing a towel over his head, a fact which he freely conceded to his parents in a letter dated 6 May 1912.
Ryan moved back to England three years after the disaster; he settled in Hull in 1916 where he worked for Rose, Downs and Thompson Ltd. He was married to Gertrude Annie and together they had three children: Monica, Norman and Kathleen (who predeceased her father).
Edward Ryan passed away on November 5th, 1974.