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The teenager who will get a headstone is the central character in Spirit Of The Titanic

The teenager who will get a headstone is the central character in Spirit Of The Titanic

The teenager who will get a headstone is the central character in Spirit Of The Titanic

The forgotten teenager who plunged to his death while building the Titanic is to get a gravestone at last.

Samuel Scott, 15, was the first person connected with the tragic vessel to die after he fell on the construction site. His body has lain in an unmarked grave in Belfast City Cemetery but a new headstone will be unveiled on Saturday.

It follows the publication of a book, Spirit Of The Titanic, which used the teenager as the main character in a children's story about the voyage.

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

"Maybe it is because we know so much about it, so many people on board, that children just seem to love it."

The book follows Samuel's ghost as it haunts the decks of the ship after his death, following central real life figures such as the ship's captain, Edward Smith.

Ms Pierce added: "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."

Samuel fell while working in a riveting team at Harland and Wolff shipyard in east Belfast. He suffered a skull fracture on April 20 1910. His is believed to be the first death connected to the Titanic, one of seven or eight during the luxury liner's manufacture.

The Titanic's maiden Atlantic voyage was in 1912. On that trip it sank after striking an iceberg with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

The gravestone unveiling ceremony will take place at midday. The headstone will be unveiled by DUP MLA Sammy Douglas, who will speak about what the shipbuilding industry meant to the people of east Belfast. Ms Pierce will read from her book, while former Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley will also be present.

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