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A collection of all my Titanic essays and research, which started in the mid 1990s and has been on-going and updated ever since...
Ismay's Escape - the chairman of the White Star Line
leaves the sinking Titanic in its final moments. But did he jump or was he pushed?
_Updated October 22nd, 2015_Who really found the Titanic?- was it the French-American team in 1985, or did the Royal Navy unearth the wreck in the 1970s? Or was it another team entirely?_Updated October 22nd, 2015_
_Updated November 24th, 2015_An essay describing the survivor's experience of the actual collision itself: this is graphics intensive and works best on a desktop or laptop computer with Firefox or Chrome._Updated November 24th, 2015_
A frequently updated compilation of memorials and other locations relevant to the Titanic that you can visit (and a few, like wrecks, that you can't, sadly).
_Updated November 24th, 2015_Click here_Updated November 24th, 2015_
The death of Walter Lord in 2002 deprived the Titanic community of its greatest, and possibly its best loved author. In over
five decades he had amassed an enormous resource of interviews, letters, newspapers, paraphernalia, many of them rare and unique.
Fortunately, Lord had bequeathed his collection to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and it now encompasses other Titanic related
items of his friend, Bill Macquitty, who had seen the ship launched, and then, as Arthur C. Clarke once said "sank her again
a second time" for the 1958 film adaptation of his friend's book, "A Night To Remember." Now, these files and items which
helped to generate "A Night To Remember" and "The Night Lives On" are indexed
and open for perusal in their museum's Caird Library ... at least for those of us for whom a trip to Greenwich is no problem. But what about the rest of us?
Very few seem to have seen his private files, and it is the opinion of this author that the priceless information should be
available to everyone, free. Hence, the purpose of this section: a transcription of Lord's, and Macquitty's, notes and letters.
Although fasincating, the usual caveat should apply, viz. that the information given contemporaneously in 1912 should be regarded
as more accurate than tainted or faded recollections more than 40 years after the event. Still, this does not necessarily mean that the information
contained in these documents should be dismissed! They also show how some survivors were less than candid and open in
their recollections, and, in a few cases, how Lord himself missed golden opportunities to further his knowledge (see
his correspondence with Sylvia Lightoller and Eleanor Cassebeer as examples), and how Lord was taken in by opportunistic hoaxers (eg Walter
Belford and Charles Reginald Burgess, who had a very similar name to a real survivor).
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The Titanic-Californian debate gets quite heated, and often results in insults and personal attacks being tossed
back and forth (witness Senan Molony's postings on the Encyclopedia-Titanica message board). Their tactics are obvious - avoid discussions of the case, describe dissenters and their work as "trash" with no justification,
besmirch their reputation (and what has that got to do with the quality of their research or conclusions?), refuse to admit when they are wrong, or launch legal
action to get skeptic's works suppressed. Heres a good example, courtesy of Mr.Rob Kamps from the Netherlands.