Facing slips were used on board royal mail ships (RMS) to mark bundles of mail by their destination. They allowed the postal clerks to organize mail and account for any sorting errors. As required by the postal service, Woody stamped his name on his slips so that any errors in sorting could be charged to him. Oscar Woody was celebrating his 44th birthday with his colleagues when the R.M.S. TITANIC struck the iceberg. The postal clerks rushed to the mail sorting room to begin hauling the registered mail sacks to the upper decks in an attempt to save them from the flooding. None of the five mail clerks on board the TITANIC survived the accident.