Deaths of Shipyard Workers

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J. Lans

"I had this one marked and I thought the guy was behind me, so I said "Okay, give me a bolt." I didn't turn around because I was on my knees. When I finally turned I found he was not there. So, where is he? Lying on the ground. He just burst into nothing. I never heard him go." From Pappy. Working on little houses that cover the electrical on the short end of the crane.

liam (3114)

thomas adams 82 wilton street belfast.
platers helper
fell from staging in ship yard at queens island while trying to save himself from injury
died royal victoria hospial 9th april 1906
i believe he worked on the titanic but unsure of this but assume it right time period for that
Kerry Aldridge

Kerry Aldridge

My Gt Grandfather died as a result of the injuries sustained during the construction of the Titanic. John William Kirton was a boilerman and died in 1913 in Belfast Union Workhouse Infirmary (death certificate Cerebral haemorrhage and cardiac failure). His skull was fractured during an incident in the boiler room.

Tracy (4308)

My great uncle, John Kelly was one of the eight who died - he was 19 years old. I visited Belfast in 2017 from Australia where I live. His grave in City Cemetery on the Falls Rd is unmarked but close to Samuel's, I wonder if they knew each other? I have an 18 year old son and cannot imagine loosing him. May they all rest in peace.
Clive Sweetingham

Clive Sweetingham

It is known that on June the 11th 1911, Rivet Counter Robert James Murphy, whilst working on Titanic, fell 50 feet to the slipway when some staging gave way. He then subsequently died from his injuries on the evening of June 13th 191.

It is widely published that his son, Robert James Murphy Jnr., also had a fatal accident, six months previously, whilst working on Olympic.

At the inquest of Robert James Snr, as reported in the Belfast Newsletter of Saturday 17th June 1911, the Coroner is reported as saying “A fact that made that inquest a singularly pathetic one was that the deceased’s son had been killed about six months ago on the same ship”

On the 6th of December 1910, Robert James Murphy Jnr., a 22 year old apprentice shipwright, who at the time was living with his father in Hillman Street, appears to have slipped from a ladder (or a plank) and fell 70 feet through a ventilation hole into the engine room. He died from a fractured skull.

Reporting the funeral, The Belfast Telegraph of Friday 9th December, states “…. When he fell a distance of 70 feet from the deck to the engine room of the White Star liner Titanic …”

So these two reports suggest that Robert James Murphy Jnr. Died whilst working on Titanic, and not Olympic?