Ripley link to the titanic

nrhn 120412''Tracing a hero: Barrie Hodgson is hoping someone in Ripley may be a distant relative through marriage of Titanic's chief engineer Joseph Bell.
nrhn 120412''Tracing a hero: Barrie Hodgson is hoping someone in Ripley may be a distant relative through marriage of Titanic's chief engineer Joseph Bell.

A DESCENDANT of a hero engineer who died on the Titanic has launched a plea to trace family members in Ripley.

This week marks the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated liner on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic.

And the News can reveal how the tragic ship’s chief engineer Joseph Bell was married to a woman from Ripley.

Joseph saved hundreds of lives by staying in the boiler room until the very last - stoking fires as the Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg. His gallant efforts made sure lifeboats could be lowered and the lights stayed on as the ship went down on April 15, 1912.