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Tarn to Titanic: Life & Times of Joseph Bell Chief Engineer
Author: Barrie Bell Hodgson & Ann Freer
History is where we have come from, and this biography of Joseph Bell and his roots in Farlam, Cumberland, attempts to discover the life of a man of great courage and human endeavour in his part of the eventual tragedy of the sinking of RMS Titanic, on the 15th of April 1912.
Joseph Bell had a significant role, with his fellow Engineers, in the saving of so many lives as a consequence of their heroism and bravery on that tragic night. After 101 years, this largely untold story of such a remarkable figure of 19th century history needs and deserves to be more amply known. His early life in Cumberland, known now as Cumbria, was very influential in his life for what was to be such an extraordinary and successful career in the Merchant Marine.
His Memorial gravestone in St Thomas a Becket Churchyard, Farlam, Cumbria, is annotated with the following:
NO GREATER LOVE HATH MAN THAN THIS.
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS