Billy Irvine - Aug '08
Excellent work! My father worked in the yard -
that is him in the picture, bottom right.
Stuart Monroe - July '08
FAO JOYCE HANNA
I believe that you are talking about my Step-Grandfather.I always remember him saying he broke his arm when he fell through a roof....If you want to contact me to exchange any information, I would be happy to oblige....
stuartmonroe at hotmail dot com
Loek Jobse - May '08
Dear Memebers and workers
I have only to say something.
Maybe Iám in the right place now I don't
I was last week in Lisbon - Portugal and visited
the museum of electricity.
I saw the following product and don't know it
came from your work place??
Trade - Sirocco
Fan no. 128463
Size ; ...
Works no. 92360
Davidson & Co LTD
Makers ; Belfast Ireland
I think it was from the year 1945 - 1950 ??
Good bless you
Loek from the Netherlands
Joyce Hanna- February '08
Hi. I found this article very interesting. I was looking to see if anyone remembered
William Elder Billy? He was in an accident in the yard and broke his arm.
I would be grateful if anyone could remember the date as I am looking for
the newspaper article of it.
Ronald Moore -
Well done Bertie enjoyed your artical. Brings
back memories of my dad who worked in Victoria
Do you know how I can buy some old photos of
Monica Sweeney - Sep '06
Does anyone have information on the names of swedish
engineers working at Harland Woolfe in 1965/ 1968
please. Thank you monica.
John Egginton - March '06
I have in my possession a leather bound photo
album that I believe to portray members of the
Harland and Wolff family, They contain many fine
archived photos portraying family photos of relatives
and children, pets etc. I would be interested
in disposing of them to an interested party. I
can provide samples via e-mail. Should you be
interested, please contact me via this site. Thankyou
John Kennedy - Jan '06
I am trying to research information about my Grandfather,
Mr Benson Coyle, who apparently worked as a fitter
in H & W during the 1930-40s. He lived in
the Chemical Street/Susan street area with his
wife and family. I would greatly appreciate any
information from those who perhaps worked with
him or knew of him. Many thanks in advance.
Donna L. McNeill - Sept '05
I was thrilled to bits to see this wonderful H&W
site. My Grandfather Joseph McNeill (Euston St.)
worked at H&W in the 30's and was killed in
a fire there in Dec. 1940 along with two other
gentlemen. My father Hugh McNeill apprenticed
and worked there until immigrating to Canada in
the early fifties. My uncle Joe McNeill worked
and retired from the yard as well. We have listened
to both happy, sad, but mostly wonderful stories
of H&W. I'm a Canadian but very proud of my
Belfast connection and family history with this
amazing shipyard. I would enjoy hearing from anyone
who remembers working along side the H&W men
in my life.
Lesley Taylor - August '05
My dad, John Greer, worked for Harland and Wolff
as a young man. I believe there was a photograph
taken of him presenting a bouquet to a lady who
had been there to launch a ship. I'd love to find
that photograph as my dad died ayear ago, and
I'm his daughter who's been living in Texas since
1979. I'd guess the photograph was taken around
1948. Can you help??
Terry Champion - July '05
A delight to come across this brief look at Belfast
shipyard. I worked as Bertie Traynor's assistant
from 1965 - 1972 and learnt so much from a very
talented photographer. If anybody asks who helped
me most to develop what talent I have, a lot of
it was down to Bertie. I'm still working in the
profession and living in England. I lost contact
with Bertie many years ago but so enjoyed his
trip down memory lane.
Laurie Wade - July '05
My great grandfather James Moir worked at Harland
and Wolff before W.W.1. His riveting team won
worldwide accolades for being the fastest team
ever. This won him a place in the old Guinness
Book of Records.
His daughter Mary was born in Belfast 1901 approx.
She emigrated to Ont. Canada approx. 1919 and
married a Wade. I came across this site hoping
to find old photos and info on James. I don't
know how long he was with the company or when
he started there.
David Patterson - April '05
I am interested in the gangway disaster. My father
Billy Patterson was killed in that disaster. I
emigrated to Canada in the 60's now my kids are
grown they seek information on family history
and I cannot find much on this disaster on the
internet. Would anyone know of any sites I can
review this subject.
Thanks in advance.
Brian Berg - November '04
Bertie Traynor's recollections are a delight.
Thank you so much. I found your website quite
by accident but have had a wonderful time cruising
through. My grandfather and his brother worked
at H&W after WW I. He emigrated to the US
(Oakland, CA) and eventually Seattle. My mother
is now a very spry 83 and is very proud of her
Belfast heritage as are all of us. Her father
was a Moore and mother a Jenkins. Thank You.
Charlie Warmington - September '04
I'm working on maritime heritage in Belfast
and I would be very keen to make contact with
Bertie Traynor or anyone who could help with the
Oceans in Mind project, please e-mail
Many thanks in anticipation.
Reg Milliken - June 2004
I worked with Bertie from 1954 until his retirement.
Manys a laugh we had as he was responsible for
the "Photo room" where all the drawings were printed
for use in the Yard and the Shops. He also was
responsible for the Microfilm unit which came
into use in the 1970s.
I well recall the trauma of the terrorist bombing
of his Dept. and the consequent destruction of
many invaluable photo plates of ship launches
etc. We worked together in resurrecting many of
the valuable drawings/tracings also damaged by
water after the fire which resulted from the outrage.
I was located in the Machinery DO directly below
his Dept. in the old Mould Loft in the Queens
Yard. His expertise was without doubt a great
asset to H&W for which I think he was never really
I wish him all the best in his retirement.
Reg Milliken, Engine Works Administrator