Thank you, Tom, for your reply. I can understand how information can get mixed up in the course of research; I've done it myself. I am sure, in the struggle for accuracy, we writers and researchers vie for at least a tad bit of accuracy. My next question, if you can answer it, is where I can find these records that state H&W made it a policy to hire only deaf men, if any still exist. I have never seen this tidbit of deaf history anywhere online and I'm seriously considering expanding it into a journal article, at least; perhaps a bit more. Obviously, I am just beginning my research, having finished Mr. Matsen's book only last week. My angle would, of course, be on the humanitarian side profiling the lives of the deaf workers and their role in the building of the TITANIC - if there is enough information. Professionally, I am the archivist of the United States Coast Guard and occasionally write short articles on maritime history for the Historian's Office's website. I also have professional ties to the deaf history community, being a former archivist at the Gallaudet University Archives, which houses the world's largest deaf archives.
I appreciate any guidance from you.