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Let's not forget the tradesmen who built Titanic

As the Titanic commemoration gathers speed, most of the emphasis surrounds the ship, the people who lost their lives, the bravery of the crew and the exquisite grandeur of workmanship in the building of the vessel.

As an ex-Harland&Wolff employee, I cannot help but feel that there is an opportunity being lost by not documenting in detail the various trades that produced the finished article, starting from when the keel was laid right through to the vessel's sea trials

There were designers, draughtsmen, shipwrights, platers, caulkers,riveters, blacksmiths, moulders, fettlers, crane men, carpenters, electricians, fitters, red-leaders, painters and sign-writers, right down to the unskilled that carried out the most menial tasks, everyone doing their bit in the production of Titanic.

Each and every one of the trades played their part and their effort should be remembered. Surely someone would see the commercial benefit of producing a DVD that depicted the process of the building of Titanic from start to finish?


Kircubbin, Co Down

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