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92 year old man makes model


Canon's Titanic effort reaches fruition


By Paul Dykes
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25 September 2004
The Titanic has been relaunched by a 91-year-old who is almost old enough to have seen the real thing.

Retired Canon Reggie Chisholm has painstakingly spent much of the past two and a half years in a labour of love to recreate one of Belfast's historic maritime achievements.

Despite having only one eye, and less than agile fingers, he has assembled a 42-inch wooden model of the luxury liner that went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

Canon Chisholm was rector of Newtownards for 32 years before retiring to Bangor.

"I lost my wife four years ago after 52 years," Canon Chisholm explained, "and I decided to register for a kit set that came out every week for two years."

"I worked on it Monday to Friday for 36 hours a week.

"When I look at the model now, I'm very proud of it. It's been a life's work, and I achieved what I set out to do.

"But if anyone mentions modelling to me again, I'll thump them."

He said his next challenge was to master the Internet on his home computer.

The 1:850 scale model was presented to the public at a special function at the Bangor Abbey hall as part of a fundraising event for the abbey building fund.

David Livingstone, a retired naval architect at Harland and Wolff, also attended to deliver a presentation about his three dives to the Titanic wreck.

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Hey, that's great - and I'll betcha that's one of the reasons he lived so long, too - studies show that if you keep a lot of interests in life, you live longer!

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