About Joseph Bell
- Name: Mr Joseph Bell
- Born: May 1861 in Carlisle (SIC) Cumberland England
- Age: 50 years
- Marital Status: Married.
- Last Residence: at 314 Canute Road Southampton Hampshire England
- Occupation: Chief Engineer
- Last Ship: Olympic
- Engine crew
- First Embarked: Belfast on Tuesday 2nd April 1912
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Mr Joseph Bell, 51, was born in Farlam, Cumberland in May 1861 and educated in Carlisle. He served an apprenticeship at Robert Stephenson & Co., Newcastle upon Tyne and commenced his seagoing career in 1883 with the Lamport & Holt Line of Liverpool. Bell joined the White Star line in 1885 and served on many vessels trading on the company
s New Zealand and New York services. At the age of 30 he was promoted to Chief Engineer on the Coptic and he served aboard the Olympic before being transferred to the Titanic. He "stood-by" the ship during her construction in Belfast.
A member of the Institute of Marine Engineers and of the Royal Naval Reserve Joseph Bell lived at 1 Belvidere Road, Great Crosby, Liverpool but had a temporary address in Southampton.
Bell died in the sinking leaving a widow (Maud) and four children, two boys and two girls; the eldest boy, 16½ years old, had recently commenced an apprenticeship at Harland & Wolff and accompanied his father aboard Titanic when the ship sailed from Belfast to Southampton.
His estate at death was worth £6,457 2s 10d.
References and Sources
- Crew Particulars of Engagement
- United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
- 1861 Census
- Denis Griffiths, UK
- Ann Freer, UK