Thomas Andrews Shipbuilder (1912)
Book ID: 62950
Thomas Andrews Shipbuilder. Dublin: Maunsel & Company, 1912. First Edition. Pp, xvi, 80. Publisher’s green cloth boards lettered in black. Light scattered foxing to contetns, otherwise a very good copy. Remains of the original dust jacket loosely inserted.
Illustrated with six plates, two of the ‘Titanic.’
Thomas Andrews, Jr. (February 7, 1873 April 15, 1912) was a managing director and head of the draughting department for the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. Andrews was the shipbuilder in charge of the plans for the ocean liner RMS Titanic. He was travelling on board the Titanic during its maiden voyage when it hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912 and was one of the more than 1,500 people lost in the disaster. In Harland and Wolff Andrews worked his way up through the company and in 1901 became the manager of the construction works. That same year he also became a member of the Institution of Naval Architects. In 1907 Andrews became the managing director and head of the draughting department of Harland and Wolff. During his years of work Andrews had become well liked in the company and amongst the workers in the shipyards. Andrews headed a group of Harland and Wolff workers who went on the maiden voyages of the ships built by Harland and Wolff to observe ship operations and spot any needed improvements. The Titanic was no exception and Andrews and the rest of his Harland and Wolff group travelled from Belfast to Southampton on Titanic for the beginning of Titanic’s maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. During the voyage Andrews took notes on various improvements he felt were needed. In the 1997 film Titanic, Thomas Andrews was portrayed by actor Victor Garber. He has also been portrayed on film by Michael Goodliffe in ‘A Night to Remember.’