Mr Nicholas Ferron was born in Ireland around 1878 but it remains unclear as to where. When he signed on to the Titanic in 1912 he stated he was born in Belfast and in the 1911 census stated the same. In his WWI records he states that he was born in Dundalk, Co Louth. Hailing from a Roman Catholic family he was the son of Patrick Ferron, a baker.
Described as a seaman, on 16 October 1898 Nicholas was married in St Patrick’s Church, Belfast to machinist Catherine Dillon.
Nicholas and Catherine went on to have three children: Francis, James and Mary. The family appears on the 1911 census as residents of 55 Nelson Street in north Belfast and Nicholas was then described as a dock labourer.
Ferron’s ship prior to Titanic had been Olympic. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.
Following the Titanic Ferron remained at sea for a time before stepping in to join the British war effort with the Royal Navy Reserves on 29 July 1915, serving as a greaser for two years until his discharge in December 1917 on account of ill health.
Ferron remained working at sea into the late 1930s and shipping records describe him as a small man standing at just 5’ 1” and weighing 146 lbs.