A Better Boy

A Titanic Monologue

It is 1917. William J Pirrie, Chairman of Harland & Wolff, has agreed to an interview in England about his nephew Tommie Andrews - Thomas Andrews, chief designer of RMS Titanic, a ship Tommie stayed on until the end and whose name Pirrie is loath to speak.

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It is 1917. William J Pirrie, Chairman of Harland & Wolff, has agreed to an interview in England about his nephew Tommie Andrews - Thomas Andrews, chief designer of RMS Titanic, a ship Tommie stayed on until the end and whose name Pirrie is loath to speak.

Five years after the disaster, Pirrie recalls Tommie's boyhood, his beginnings as an apprentice aged sixteen at Harland & Wolff, the world's greatest shipyard. Pirrie re-lives the feverish inquires after the sinking, the scorching sermons, the excited finger-pointing, and Tommie's last moments aboard the stricken liner.

But Pirrie, the overlooked shipping genius, has another agenda, for he wishes to combat the heated defeatism and accusing anger that greeted the disaster. Just as Pirrie was, and is, the neglected cast-member of the Titanic tragedy, so his version of events is in conflict with the received notions and judgements still in place a century after.

Yet Pirrie's manifesto of success - a late Victorian philosophy for the 20th-century Machine Age - is tempered and threatened by his rediscovery of grief and loss.

 

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  • Format: Paperback / Softback
  • Published On: 10 November 2017
  • Publisher: Belcouver Press
  • ISBN / EAN: 9780993560712
  • Page Count: 50

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