Survivors of the Titanic | Survivors from the famous shipwreck tell their stories

Up Country

An interview with a shipbuilder whose job was to make the Titanic watertight.

CHANNEL | Regional Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 08 January 1976

DURATION | 3 minutes 43 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1976

Synopsis

In this extract from a local Northern Ireland programme, Jim Thompson speaks with great affection and pride about working as a caulker on the Titanic. He says he felt privileged to work on the steamer and truly believed she was unsinkable. He also compares finding out about the accident to hearing about 'a death in your own home'.

Did you know?

The above picture shows the Titanic being constructed on no. 3 slipway in the Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff. The largest shipyard in the world, it had a workforce of 15,000, of whom over 3,000 were employed in the construction of the Titanic.

Contributors

Helen Madden
Reporter
Jim Thompson
Contributor

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