Naval architect was first Irishman to set eyes on Titanic

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Naval architect was first Irishman to set eyes on Titanic

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:14 am

David Livingstone (73) was the last chief naval architect of Harland and Wolff.

He was also one of the world's leading experts on the construction of the Titanic and became the first man from the island of Ireland to go down to the wreck.

From Milford in Co Armagh, David was educated at the Royal School in the city from where he joined the shipyard as an apprentice in the drawing office in the 1960s.

He had missed the golden period of shipbuilding in Belfast, 1957 being the last of the good years.

The jet airliner was eating into the the yard's sea passenger business. New builders in mainland Europe and Japan were competing with modern production using welding instead of rivets.

The yard was slow to react to the threat but the construction of the great building dock with the huge cranes Samson and Goliath in the early 1970s put H&W in a position to build massive bulk carriers such as British Steel, 170,000 tons deadweight, upon which David would have worked.

He began his career using slide rules and ended it using computers, illustrating the extraordinary changes he experienced as he rose to the top of his profession.

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