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Furness, Christopher, first Baron Furness (1852–1912), shipowner and industrialist, was born on 23 April 1852 at West Hartlepool, the seventh son of John Furness (1808–1885), provision merchant, and his wife, Averill, daughter of John Wilson of Naisbet Hall, co. Durham. John Furness worked as a coal trimmer on the local railway line until 1850 when he founded a grocery and provisioning business in ...

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Pearson, Zachariah Charles (1821–1891), shipowner and philanthropist, was born in Sutton Row, Hull, on 28 August 1821, the eighth of the ten children of Zachariah Pearson, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth. After the death of his mother in childbirth in 1825 he was taken into his uncle's household, but at the age of twelve he ran away to sea. The stowaway was quickly found and returned to complete his education at ...

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Runciman, Walter, first Baron Runciman (1847–1937), shipowner, was born at Dunbar, East Lothian, on 6 July 1847, the fourth son of Walter Runciman, master of a schooner and later in the coastguard service, and his wife, Jane, eldest daughter of John Finlay, shipowner, of ...

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Smith, Edward John (1850–1912), merchant seaman and master of RMS Titanic, was born on 27 January 1850 at 51 Well Street, Hanley, Staffordshire, the son of Edward Smith (1805–1885), a potter, and his wife, Catherine, formerly Hancock, née Marsh (1809–1893), both Primitive Methodists. ...