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Norman E. Harrison

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Death: April 15, 1912 (38)
Titanic (Died in the sinking. Body Not Recovered)
Immediate Family:

Son of Swainston Harrison and Eliza Harrison
Husband of Mary Harrison
Brother of Swainston* Harrison; Margaret March Harrison and Francis W L Harrison

Occupation: 1891 - Styeam engine maker; Junior 2nd. Engineer; 1911 Marine Engineer
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About Norman E. Harrison

Mr Norman E. Harrison

  • Born: Monday 15th September 1873 in Liverpool Merseyside England
  • Age: 38 years
  • Married to Mary Harrison.
  • Last Residence: at 30 Coventry Road, Polygon Southampton Hampshire England - Map
  • Occupation: Junior 2nd. Engineer
  • Last Ship: Adriatic
  • Engine crew
  • First Embarked: Belfast
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body Not Recovered

Mr Norman Harrison was born in Liverpool on 15 September 1873. He served his apprenticeship in the Turning, fitting & drawing office of Messrs Higginson & Co., Hurst Street, Liverpool between 1889 to 1894. After completing his apprenticeship Harrison joined the line of Messrs Elder Dempster & Co., as a 4th engineer. He later rose to become 3rd and finally 2nd engineer. He left the Elder Dempster Line when, at the age of 23, he gained his Chief Engineers certificate of competency and the opportunity to the White Star line as 3rd Engineer aboard the Delphic; he subsequently served on the Athenic (3rd engineer), Corinthic (2nd) and Adriatic (2nd).

On 17 November 1911 Harrison was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Harrison's wife was named Mary and they lived at 27 Baden Road, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, they had no children.

He initially joined the Titanic in Belfast, signing-on on 2 April 1912. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his local address as 30 Coventry Rd., (Southampton). As Junior second engineer he received monthly wages of £18.

Harrison died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His estate was valued at £405 8s 8d.

References and Sources

  • United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
  • Crew Articles of Agreement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381.)
  • Crew Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office (BT100/259)
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers


  • Denis Griffiths, UK
  • Keith Moore, UK (Senior Librarian & Archivist, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Friday 17 November 1911

Norman Harrison (1873-1912) AMIMechE

Elected: Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 17 November 1911

Designation: Marine Engineer

Business address: Messrs Ismay Imrie & Co., 30 James Street, Liverpool

Home address: 27 Baden Road, Knotty Ash, Liverpool

Proposed by: A H Burnand

Seconded by: R Baldwin Wiseman

Supporters: John F Brooks, H M Cook, Harry Parsons

Date and place of birth: 15 September 1873, Liverpool

General education: Northern Institute, Liverpool, 1888 to 1889

Technical education: Private tuition, mathematics, applied mechanics, steam machine construction, drawing, 1st class BOT [Board of Trade] certificate

Apprenticeship: Messrs Higginson & Co., Hurst Street, Liverpool 1889 to 1894. Turning, fitting & drawing office

Subsequent career: 1894 to 1898 with Messrs Elder Dempster & Co., as 4th, 3rd & 2nd engineer. 1898 to present date with Messrs Ismay Imrie & Co., as 3rd & 2nd engineer

3rd engineer RMS Delphic 8,000 tons

3rd engineer RMS Athenic 12000 tons

2nd engineer RMS Corinthic 12000 tons

2nd engineer RMS Adriatic 25000 tons

Brief details of most important mechanical engineering work for which the candidate has been personally responsible: Senior second engineer RMS Adriatic 25000 tons, 18000 IHP

Membership of other societies: None

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Norman E. Harrison's Timeline

September 15, 1873
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
April 15, 1912
Age 38