Mr. Joseph Bell left the district when a youth to serve his apprenticeship as an engineer at the works of Mr. Robert Stephenson, on Tyneside, which were founded by the famous engineer of that name who invented the steam engine. He has now been at sea for a number of years, and by perseverance and ability one of the very top of his profession. He had the full confidence of his employers, the White Star Line, whose latest liners, so far as their engineering departments were concerned, were built under his supervision. As the representative of the company in Belfast he saw the engines placed in both the Laurentic and the Megantic, and went out upon the first two or three voyages of each as chief engineer. last year he went to Belfast to superintend the erection of the engines of the Titanic, and also went out with this vessel on her ill-fated first trip in the capacity of chief engineer.
Mr. Joseph Bell was a cousin of Mr. George Bell of Stanwix Bank, and brother-in-law of Mr. Lowthian, formerly of Nottingham and the new manager of the London and Midland Bank, Carlisle.