Bateman is said to have gone down singing when the Titanic sank. Some sources credit him as asking the band to play the famed "Nearer my God to Thee." He was called a fiery evangelist, but the children he served knew him as Uncle Bob.
Shipbuilder Thomas Andrews designed the Titanic with the ability to seal watertight compartments in the ship's hull. Andrews predicted that even if a small number of compartments became flooded, the ship could close them off and remain afloat.