3. Tommy Millar and the Two Pennies
Personal connections to Titanic are fading as time goes on, but for Susan Millar who runs Titanic Tours Belfast, the links are still very strong. Millar is a direct descendant of Tommy Millar, who worked for the Titanic shipbuilders Harland and Wolff in their engine shop. Hopeful of a new life in America with his wife Jeannie and their two sons, Millar studied to become an engineer. In 1912, Jeannie died but Tommy stuck with his plans to emigrate and joined the White Star Line as a deck engineer on board Titanic.
On the day Titanic was setting sail from Belfast, Tommy said goodbye to his two sons and gave them each two pennies, telling them not to spend them until they saw him again. Tommy died in the disaster, but his youngest, Ruddick, never spent his penny, which is now owned by Susie Millar. Take a tour with Susie and you can hear more of these incredible personal tales about Tommy, the Titanic and its relationship with what was one of the greatest shipbuilding cities in the world, Belfast.