Thomas Andrews Jr.
February 7, 1873
April 15, 1912 (age 39)
Perished on the Titanic
Thomas Andrews (father)
Helen Reilly Barbour (married)
County Down, Ireland
most likely Catholic
New York, U.S.A.
Perished in the first class smoking room
Thomas Andrews Jr. was an Irish employee for Harland and Wolff who designed and helped build the RMS Titanic. He was very kind-hearted. Andrews was one of the first people certain that the Titanic would, indeed, sink before it became obvious. He was very protective of Rose DeWitt Bukater and found her trustworthy, being that he told her that the Titanic would sink and told no one else (although her fiancée, Caledon Hockley, had incidentally heard this as well). He was also friendly to Rose's friend (later lover) Jack Dawson and was seen saying "Hello" to him a few times despite this being uncommon in first class passengers to converse with third class passenger. He was portrayed by Victor Garber in James Cameron's film, Titanic.
Life on TitanicEdit
Thomas Andrews was one of the nine-man guarantee group to be on board to oversee the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
Andrews was last seen standing in the first–class smoking room staring at a painting, "Plymouth Harbour", above the fireplace, his life jacket lying on a nearby table (in the movie he gave the life jacket to Rose in hopes that she would survive, as well as he express to her his regrets and seeks her apology, and they embrace, as a final farewell). The painting depicted the entrance to where the Titanic expected to visit on her return voyage.
While the musicians performed Nearer God To Thee, Andrews was carefully correcting the clock on the mantle. Andrews died when the ship split and destroyed the smoking room.
Behind the scenesEdit
The story of Thomas Andrews in the smoking room is one of the most famous legends of the sinking of the Titanic; the story is that Andrews was last seen by John Stewart, a steward on the ship at approximately 2:10 A.M.(ten minutes before the Titanic fully sank into the Atlantic): Andrews was standing alone in the first–class smoking room staring at a painting, "Plymouth Harbour", above the fireplace, arms folded over his chest, his lifejacket lying on a nearby table. But this story, which was published in a 1912 book (Thomas Andrews: Shipbuilder) and therefore perpetuated, came from John Stewart, a steward on the ship who in fact did leave the ship in boat n. 15 at approximately 1:40 a.m.
There were testimonies of sightings of Andrews after that moment. It appears that Andrews stayed in the smoking room for some time to gather his thoughts, then he continued assisting with the evacuation. Another reported sighting was of Andrews frantically throwing deck chairs into the ocean for passengers to use as floating devices. Andrews was then seen making his way to the bridge while carrying a lifebelt, possibly the same lifebelt Andrews had draped over a chair in the Smoke Room. That Andrews was heading to the bridge in the final moments is corroborated by the account of Mess Steward Cecil William N. Fitzpatrick, which stated that Fitzpatrick had seen Andrews on the bridge with Captain Smith, with Smith telling Andrews “We cannot stay any longer; she is going!” This fits many other accounts that placed Smith near the bridge in the final moments of the sinking. Other details of Fitzpatrick’s account also place his sighting of Andrews with Smith on the bridge late in the sinking, around 2:15 a.m., just as the ship began making its final plunge.
These accounts are also supported and further detailed in a letter to Lord Pirrie from David Galloway, a friend of Andrews’. Galloway had spoken with some of Titanic’s crew, and so would have known details of their accounts.Galloway “said that an officer, unfortunately unnamed, claimed Andrews was last seen throwing deck chairs and other objects into the water, and that ‘his chief concern seemed to be the safety of others rather than his own’.” Galloway had also said “a ‘young mess-boy’ saw Andrews and Captain Smith on the Bridge. Both men put on lifebelts, and then the witness heard Smith say: ‘It’s no use waiting any longer.’ When water reached the Bridge, both men entered the sea together.”.This also raises questions regarding Smith's legendary final moments.