Produced on February 7, 1873, Thomas Andrews left school to eventually become an apprentice at his uncle’s shipbuilding company, and afterwards became the main architect for the ill-famed RMS Titanic. In 1912, Andrews boarded the boat for her maiden voyage. When the boat hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, Andrews computed the damage would sink in it two hours. Andrews went from cabin to cabin, encouraging girls and kids to get aboard the lifeboats. Andrews perished in the sinking on April 15, 1912, at age 39. Shipbuilder and Titanic casualty Thomas Andrews Jr. was born on February 7, 1873, in Comber, Northern Ireland. Andrews became an associate of the Institution of Naval Architects in 1901.
Andrews was the main architect for Harland & Wolff’s new superliner, the RMS Titanic. In 1912, Andrews boarded the Titanic for her maiden voyage to America, as he made it a practice to accompany each of his boats’ introductions for research functions. Andrews instantly went from cabin to cabin, encouraging girls and kids to get aboard the lifeboats, while knowing full well that there are not enough lifeboats to hold all the passengers and crew. Thomas Andrews was last seen near the first class smoking room soon before the Titanic sank, on April 15, 1912. Andrews was survived by his own wife, Helen Reilly Barbour, as well as their daughter, Elizabeth.