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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Titanic Disaster Inquiries

When considering the Titanic disaster prior to reading Titanic: A Survivor’s Story (stay tuned for my review tomorrow) I had never considered that there were inquiries into the disaster. Come to find out there were inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic – in the United States and England. For a couple of weeks witness upon witness was called in front of the inquiry panel to give testimony as to what happened on the ship and determine if there was fault in the disaster or if it could have been prevented.

I found an incredible website that chronicles not only the entire American and British inquiries, but also indexes the witnesses, links to other incredible Titanic websites, as well as including the inquiry into the Lusitania disaster – Titanic Inquiry Project.

I have not yet had the chance to read through the inquiries yet, but I have every intention of doing so. Here are some quick links for you to check out:

U.S. Inquiry

There were two wonderful speeches made at the end of the inquiries by Senator William Alden Smith and Senator Isidor Raynor.

British Inquiry

There were recommendations made as to what should be done to prevent a disaster like this from happening again - (British Recommendations)  (American Recommendations) - notably:

  • Recommending that there be enough lifeboats to carry everyone aboard
  • Lifeboat drill training for crew
  • Regulations for use of the radio systems when in distress
  • Structural standards for ocean bound ships

If you are at all interested in the Titanic disaster this website is a wealth of information. You will be surprised by what you find.

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  1. I've always been fascinated by the Titanic and this looks like it will provide some amazing information. Thank you for sharing! I'm also looking forward to reading your review tomorrow!

  2. Is the book fiction or non-fiction? I've been fascinated with the Titanic since I was in elementary school.

  3. Siobian - This website is a really great place to start as they have so many other links and you can read the full texts of the inquiries so you get first person accounts.

    Robinbird - the book Titanic: A Survivor's Story is a memoir from one of the men who survived the sinking.

  4. Thanks so much for the links. You have made it easy to find out much more about this sad chapter in history.

  5. Librarypat - And there is such a wealth of information out there - but in this case I like reading the first hand accounts.


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