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Woodworking tools used in the actual construction of the Titanic

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Woodworking tools used in the actual construction of the Titanic

Two woodworking tools once owned and used by Thomas McCauley who was employed as a carpenter and cabinet maker at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast during the construction of Olympic and Titanic. These two tools, consisting of a folding carpenter ruler and ‘keyhole’ hand saw were once part of the tool kit of Thomas McCauley. They eventually passed as part of McCauley’s entire tool kit to his grandson, Ernest McGookin of Belfast, Ireland. Attractively archivally triple-cloth-matted and framed with a photo of the Titanic at the shipyard and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 22.5 x 31. Included with this lot is a photocopy of a picture showing McCauley as well as a copy of a letter on Queen’s University of Belfast’s letterhead dated January 17, 1975, thanking McCauley for the loan of his tools he used when working on Titanic for inclusion in an educational exhibit. Other examples of tools owned and used by Thomas McCauley are currently on display at the Titanic museum attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Chain of custody is as follows: Thomas McCauley to his grandson Ernest McGookin, Ernest McGookin to Steve Santini in 1999. Oversized.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #444 - Ended January 14, 2015