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Norman Harrison (1873-1912)

1873 September 15th. Born in Liverpool

1912 Died on RMS Titanic

1912 Obituary [1]

NORMAN HARRISON was born in Liverpool on 15th September 1873.

His education was obtained at the Northern Institute in that city, and then at the age of fifteen he commenced a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Higginson and Co., of Liverpool.

On its completion in 1894 be entered the service of Messrs. Elder, Dempster and Co., becoming successively Fourth, Third, and Second Engineer.

Four years later he transferred his services to Messrs. Ismay, Imrie and Co., owners of the White Star Line of steamships, for whom he acted as Third and Second Engineer on some of their largest boats.

Early in January 1912 he was recalled from the R.M.S. "Adriatic" and sent to Belfast to join the "Titanic," the latest vessel of the White Star Line and the largest afloat at the time. While on its maiden voyage to New York the vessel struck an iceberg on 15th April 1912, and foundered within four hours. This terrible accident was accompanied by great loss of life, not one of the engineering staff being among the survivors. Mr. Harrison was in his thirty-ninth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1911.

1912 Obituary [2]

He served his apprenticeship in the Turning, fitting & drawing office of Messrs Higginson & Co., Hurst Street, Liverpool between 1889 to 1894. After completing his apprenticeship Harrison joined the line of Messrs Elder Dempster & Co., as a 4th engineer. He later rose to become 3rd and finally 2nd engineer. He left the Elder Dempster Line when, at the age of 23, he gained his Chief Engineer`s certificate of competency and the opportunity to the White Star line as 3rd Engineer aboard the Delphic; he subsequently served on the Athenic (3rd engineer), Corinthic (2nd) and Adriatic (2nd). On 17 November 1911 Harrison was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He initially joined the Titanic in Belfast, signing-on on 2 April 1912. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his local address as 30 Coventry Rd., (Southampton). As Junior second engineer he received monthly wages of £18. Harrison died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.'

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Sources of Information

  1. 1912 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  2. [1] Website of St. John the Evangelist, Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool