Titanic Penny Tells A Sad Story

April 10, 2012 by staff 

Titanic Penny Tells A Sad Story, Pressing a penny piece into the hands of his two sons, Thomas Millar told them not to spend the money until he came home to them after his sea voyage was over.

But Belfast youngsters William, five, and Thomas, 11, were destined never to see their father again.

And one of the pennies is now on display in a museum in Tennessee, thousands of miles from Northern Ireland.

Susie Millar, 44, great-granddaughter of Thomas Millar, beside the Titanic building in Belfast. Copyright: PA

For Millar senior’s sea voyage was on the Titanic, the ship he had helped build at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and on which he served as an assistant deck engineer.

Millar, 33, was to go down with the ship and the penny given to his son William was kept in the family before being donated to the Titanic museum at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.

On the night of the 100th anniversary of the sinking, Millar’s great-granddaughter Susie Millar, 44, will be aboard the cruise ship Balmoral for a memorial service at the spot in the Atlantic where the ship sank.

Ms Millar, a member of the Belfast Titanic Society, never knew her grandfather, William, who became a prolific writer.

But she learnt all about the story of the pennies and of her great-grandfather from the copious writings on the subject by William.

Ms Millar said: “My great-grandmother had died shortly before the Titanic sailed so William and Thomas were orphaned by the tragedy.

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