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Roderick Chisholm
Roderick Chisholm

1872 (1872)
Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Died15 April 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 39–40)
RMS Titanic, Atlantic Ocean
Known forCo-designer – RMS Titanic
SpouseSusan Anderson (1897–1912) (his death)
  • Alice Chisholm (1897–2002)
  • James Chisholm (1899–1960)

Roderick Chisholm (1872 – 15 April 1912) was a Scottish ships' draughtsman. He died when the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage.

He co-designed the RMS Titanic with Thomas Andrews.

Early life and education

Chisholm was born in Dumbarton in 1872.[1] Beginning in 1881, the family lived in the village of Old Kilpatrick, in Dunbartonshire, Scotland.


in 1891 Chisholm moved to Clydebank.[citation needed] He worked for Harland and Wolff at their Clyde works.[1]

At age 20, he moved to Belfast.[1] His skill led him, in the years to come, to the design of the RMS Olympic and Titanic transatlantic.[citation needed]

On the Titanic

Chisholm worked closely with Thomas Andrews on the design of the Titanic, and was knowledgeable about its structure.[1] He was selected as one of only a handful of employees of Harland and Wolff to oversee the smooth running of Titanic's maiden voyage.[1]

In the night of 14 April 1912, the Titanic fatally impacted an iceberg sinking hours later; Chisholm died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His assets amounted to about 140 pounds, of which the widow became beneficiary.

Personal life and legacy

In 1897, he married Susan Anderson in Lisburn, County Down; the couple had two children: Alice (1897–2002) and James (1899–1960), both born in Belfast.

His wife remained at Sandford Avenue, in Pottinger (Belfast) for the rest of her life and died on 22 February 1961 at the age of 87. She is buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast, with her son James. His daughter Alice married in Belfast in 1919 with Alfred McCambley (1894–1976) and died on 11 February 2002 at the age of 104 and she is also buried in the Roselawn Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Roderick Chisholm: Men associated with greatness". Belfast Telegraph. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2024 – via ProQuest.