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THOMAS ANDREWS SHIPBUILDER

[Illustration: Thomas Andrews]

THOMAS ANDREWS SHIPBUILDER By Shan F. Bullock With an Introduction by Sir Horace Plunkett

"... Summoned to the deep, Thou, thou and all thy mates, to keep An incommunicable sleep. " WORDSWORTH.

MAUNSEL & COMPANY, LTD. DUBLIN AND LONDON 1912

First Edition October, 1912 .

Second Edition October, 1912 .

TO THE MEN WITH WHOM THOMAS ANDREWS WORKED WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM I DEDICATE THIS BRIEF STORY OF HIS LIFE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PORTRAIT OF THOMAS ANDREWS frontispiece ( Photo by Abernethy )

ARDARA, COMBER facing page 2 ( Photo by R. Welch )

HARLAND & WOLFF'S TURBINE ERECTING SHOP " 8 ( Photo by R. Welch )

THE TURNING SHOP " 24 ( Photo by R. Welch )

THE "TITANIC" AND "OLYMPIC" BUILDING IN THE LARGEST GANTRY IN THE WORLD " 46 ( Photo by R. Welch )

THE "TITANIC" LEAVING BELFAST " 56 ( Photo by R. Welch )

INTRODUCTION

Mr. Shan Bullock, who needs no introduction to those who read Irish books, has done no better work than in this tribute to one of the noblest Irishmen Ulster has produced in modern times. I refer not only to the literary merits of Thomas Andrews, Shipbuilder , which speak for themselves, but rather to the true insight with which he has fulfilled the precise purpose held in view by those who asked him to write this little memorial volume. What that purpose was must be known in order that the story itself, and the manner of the telling, may be fully appreciated.

The book was written at the request of a few Irishmen, myself among them, who work together in a movement which seeks to develop agriculture, and generally to improve the condition of our rural communities. We are deeply interested in the great achievements of Ulster industry, because we hold strongly that the prosperity of our country depends largely upon the mutual understanding and the co ordination of effort between the two great economic interests into which the Irish, in common with most civilised peoples, are divided. For this consummation Ireland needs, in our opinion, industrial leaders with a broader conception of the life of the country as a whole. For such leaders we naturally look, more especially those of us whose eyes are turning towards the westering sun, to the younger men. Among these none seemed to us so ideally fitted to give practical expression to our hopes as Thomas Andrews. Thus it was the sense of the great loss the country had sustained which set us thinking how the life of the shipbuilder who had died so nobly could be given its due place in the history of our times how the lesson of that life could be handed down to the builders of ships and of other things in the Ireland of our dreams.

The project having so originated, the proper treatment of the subject had to be determined. Unquestionably Thomas Andrews was a hero. The wise Bishop Berkeley has said: "Every man, by consulting his own heart, may easily know whether he is or is not a patriot, but it is not easy for the bystander." A man cannot thus know whether he is or is not a hero. Both he and the bystander must wait for the occasion to arise, and the opportunities for exhibiting heroism are as rare and perilous as those for exhibiting patriotism are common and safe... Continue reading book >>




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