Michael Booth, “RMS Titanic”
August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner than sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after it struck an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making it one of modern history’s deadliest peacetime commercial marine disasters.
The ocean liner carried some of the wealthiest people in the world as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe who were seeking a new life in the United States.
Although Titanic had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, it only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – about half the number on board.
The wreck of the titanic was discovered in 1985 (more than 70 years after the disaster) and it remains on the seabed. Thousands of artifacts have been recovered and displayed at museums around the world. The final survivor of the sinking, Milvina Dean, aged two months at the time, died in 2009 at the age of 97.
The speaker, Michael Booth, is a descendant of a Titanic passenger and describes himself as a “Titanic Historian”. He has spent a lifetime gathering knowledge and artifacts about the famous ship as well as building models.
Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the ship’s captain, Edward John Smith, he has donned costume to present talks, appeared in shows, as well as taking part in The Titanic Exhibition Sydney, Which ran for 12 months, where visitors were able to get their picture taken with him on the famous “Grand Staircase”.
Our monthly talks are held at the City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street, Concord at 1:30 for 2:00 pm start. They are open to everyone who would like to attend. Entry is free but donations are always welcome. See poster for full details and please feel free to forward on to anyone you think might be interested. Everyone welcome.