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April 15, 2015
First of all we consider the lives of 2 men whose names are synonymous with railways and shipbuilding …
So how do we bring these 2 names together and why?
Today is April 15, the date the RMS Titanic sank in 1912 with the loss of 1,500 lives. One of the lives lost that day was that of Joseph Bell, the Chief Engineer onboard.
Joseph Bell, like Thomas Ismay, was born in Cumbria. The small village of Farlam in which he lived was close to the railway line which had in part been developed by George Stephenson and his son Robert.
The young Joseph Bell was captivated by the idea of engineering and became an apprentice engine fitter at George and Robert Stephenson’s locomotive manufacturing base in Newcastle. Then at the age of 24 Joseph Bell joined the White Star Line, owned by Thomas Henry Ismay. The rest, as they say, is history.
If you want to learn more about Maryport’s history, you can visit the Maryport Maritime Museum.