T was born in 1873 to a prominent family and began an apprentice with Harland & Wolff at the age of 16. He worked in the shipyard during the day and took evening classes in mechanics and naval architecture. By 1907 he had risen among the ranks and had become the managing director of the design department. He was a well-connected young man in his 30s. His uncle was Lord Pirrie who was the chairman of Harland and Wolff. Andrews was an apprentice at first, and worked his way through various departments and got a taste for the whole shipbuilding industry. Soon Thomas was a rising star, and his uncle put him in charge of the design of new ocean liners. While this may seem like nepotism in Andrew’s case he was well qualified for the job. Everybody loved Thomas Andrews, they called him Tommy. He was a very personable man. He would walk around in the shipyard, he would talk to the workers, and he would actually listen to them and try to do something for them. Andrews found himself on the leading edge of a cut-throat industry – the competition for bigger and better ocean liners to meet the demand of the increasing cross Atlantic travel.
Roderick Chisholm was born in Dumbarton, Scotland in 1872. He moved from Clyde to Belfast to work for Harland & Wolff. His father James Chisholm had been a journeyman shipwright. Roderick Chisholm was the chief draughtsman for both the Olympic and the Titanic.
William Henry Marsh Parr
William Henry Marsh Parr started working at Harland & Wolff in 1910. He was an assistant manager in the electrical department for both Olympic and Titanic supervising the electrical installations on both ships.
Anthony “Artie” Frost
Artie Frost joined Harland & Wolff in 1888, at the age of 14, as a machine-boy. His father had also been in the shipbuilding industry – he had been a foreman fitter. Artie supervised the installation of the machinery on board the Titanic. He was a master fitter whose family still keeps the tools of his trade.
Robert Knight was an engineer who worked at Harland & Wolff as a leading hand fitter. After 21 years of work at Harland & Wolff he was seen as a valued hard-worker and was ready for promotion.
Francis (Frank) Parkes came from a large family and began work at Harland & Wolff alongside his four brothers at the age of 16. By the age of 21 he was recognized as a top apprentice plumber.
William Campbell was a talented, up-and-coming young apprentice who was honoured by being included in the Guarantee Group. He was a joiner apprentice on the Titanic.
Alfred Fleming Cunningham
Alfred Fleming Cunningham was an apprentice fitter at Harland & Wolff.
Ennis Hastings Watson
Ennis Hastings Watson was 18 at the time of Titanic’s maiden voyage. He was an apprentice electrician at Harland & Wolff.