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"Titanic" memorial

Mitchell Library

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Keywords: accidents, bronze, disasters, electrical engineers, engineers, Harland & Wolff, icebergs, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, liners, memorials, passenger ships, Scottish Opera, sculptures, Titanic

This memorial by sculptor Kellock Brown to engineers lost on the Titanic was unveiled on 15 April, 1914, at the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland's buildings in Elmbank Crescent (in 2004, the headquarters of Scottish Opera). The tablet is surrounded by a bronze frame and surmounted by two female figures, also in bronze.

Built in Belfast by Harland & Wolff, Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner of her day and was said to be unsinkable. Bound for New York on her maiden voyage, the ship hit an iceberg on 15 April 1912 and sank with the loss of 1,503 lives including 688 crew.

Glasgow engineers could be found on most large vessels, and the Titanic was no exception. Of the names on the memorial, William Mackie and William Kelly were born in Glasgow, while several others had worked with Clydeside employers. Kelly, an assistant electrical engineer with Harland & Wolff, sailed on the ship's maiden voyage to complete unfinished electrical work.

Reference: Mitchell Library, 198837

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning



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