Lord Pirrie, chairman of shipbuilders Harland & Wolff, 1911.
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Portrait of Canadian-born William James Pirrie (1847-1924) who entered the Belfast firm of Harland & Wolff in 1862. By 1874 he had been made a partner. Under Pirrie's chairmanship, Harland & Wolff built the ill-fated 'Titanic' for the White Star Line. Pirrie cultivated a close working relationship with both Thomas Ismay, founder of the White Star Line, and his son and succesor Bruce Ismay. Pirrie was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1896 to 1897 and was made Baron Pirrie of Belfast in 1906. He also helped form the International Mercantile Marine. Illustration from 'The White Star triple-screw Atlantic liners 'Olympic' and 'Titanic', 45,000 tons : the largest steamships in the world', published in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1911.