James Morrell was born at 14 Upton Street in Belfast, Ireland on 21 October 1887.1 Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, he was the son of James Morrell, a butcher, and Mary Gilroy and he had two sisters, Ellen and Josephine.
By 1901 the family were living at 19 Whitla Street in north Belfast and young James was still a schoolboy. His father died in 1905 and his mother in 1909.
Morrell’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Rion. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
After Titanic it appears than Morrell remained at sea for many years, the last identifiable journey for him being in May 1943 when he was a greaser aboard Tyndareus on the Liverpool-New York run.