Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Headstone for Titanic teen - 100 years on

A teenager thought to have been the first victim of the Titanic has finally been given a headstone on his grave - more than 100 years after his death.

Fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott fractured his skull while working on the ship in 1910 and his body has lain in an unmarked grave in Belfast City Cemetery since.

But a headstone was unveiled at his grave on Saturday as part of the Feile an Phobail festival.

Guest speakers included east Belfast DUP MLA Sammy Douglas and former Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast Tom Hartley.

Also addressing those in attendance was Nicola Pierce who recently penned a book featuring Samuel which brought the forgotten victim's story to the fore and lead to the headstone being erected.

The children's book, Spirit Of The Titanic, used the tragic teenager as its main character.

The book follows Samuel's ghost as it haunts the decks of the ship after his death

"It really seems to have hit home, the kids really do seem to like it," said Nicola.

"Samuel had a special mission, he stuck around. Nobody knows he is there, it is like a ghost, he just feels very tied to the Titanic."

Nicola said children love the book because of the Titanic's well-known history, and she read excerpts from it at the ceremony.

Samuel fell while working at Harland and Wolff shipyard.

He suffered a skull fracture on April 20, 1910.

Samuel is believed to be the first death connected to the Titanic. Samuel's niece, Margaret Scott Donnelly, also attended Saturday's event, with John Andrews, whose great uncle Thomas designed the ill-fated Belfast-built ship.

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