Hugh MCELROY's shift times


Hitch

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Hey everyone.

I believe there where two pursers on Titanic, right?

Mr Reginald Lomond BARKER
Mr Hugh Walter MCELROY

Douse anyone knows what Hugh MCELROY's shift times where?
Thanks.
 

Bob Godfrey

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They had different responsibilities. McElroy, as the Chief Purser, looked after the 1st Class passengers, while Barker was concerned with the 2nd Class passengers. Both would have been on duty in their respective areas throughout the working day, and in the evenings they dined with the passengers. They did have assistants (Purser's Clerks) to handle much of the routine work.
 

Noel F. Jones

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At risk of being racist (oo-er!):

Pursers could work what have been referred to as "chinese watches" - go on and stay on!

Hours worked, particularly on fast passages or with many wayports, could be expansively elastic! The work has to be accomplished in the time available.

Customarily, junior staff and stewards would be protective of senior pursers' 'downtime' but they would be on-call 24/7 for 'social emergencies' and shipboard contingencies.

In this latter they are no different from the master and other 'dayworking' senior officers.

Noel
 

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