On April 10, when the RMS Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean the White Star Line vice-president Phillip Franklin would proudly proclaim “There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.” One of those passengers would share his optimism, Thomas Andrews.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but they truly believed the Titanic couldn’t possibly sink. The reason Andrews was so certain of this is because he was managing director and head of the drafting department of the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland, and was in charge of the plans for building this famous ocean liner. Unfortunately his confidence would sink, along with himself, as he was one of the passengers who perished in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912.