LOST ON THE TITANIC
BELFAST COMPENSATION CLAIMS
AWARDS TO THREE FAMILIES
At the Belfast Recorder's Court, before his honour, Judge J. Walker Craig.
A request for arbitration was brought by Maria Beattie and others, 3 Isthmus Street, Belfast, the respondents being Messrs Ismay, Imrie & Co., Ltd, 30 James Street, Liverpool, steamship owners. The applicant was the widow of Joseph Beattie, deceased, who was employed as a greaser on board the ss Titanic, and was lost in that vessel when it collided with the iceberg on 14th April. The respondents had paid into the court the sum of £294, 15s, and the applicant had agreed to accept that amount.
Mr T. J Campbell (instructed by Messrs Joseph Donnelly and Co.), for the applicant, said the deceased was one of the brave Belfast men who perished at the post of duty when the majestic liner went down in the Atlantic. He sacrificed his life, like other faithful and fearless servants, for the sake of others. He was one of the number employed below, who, when the ship was sinking, heroically continued to work in the hope that by their efforts she might be kept afloat. His Honour would only be called upon to apportion the money lodged in court. The deceased left, in addition to the applicant, four children--the oldest, Maria Beattie, being 13 years of age, and the next, Margaret Beattie, 12 years, the nest, Agnes Beattie, 9 years, and the youngest, Joseph Beattie, 5 years. The child Margaret had been in weak health, and no money had been coming in since the father's death.
One-third of the money in court was apportioned to the widow, and the balance amongst the children.