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Zoom talk 'Titanic – Saviours Scoundrels and Scapegoats (The Bolton Boys)' by Caroline Heaven

On the 15th April 1912, the Titanic sank just four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the 2240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1500 sadly lost their lives in the disaster.

After two enquires, one American and one British, much has been said, investigated and discussed regarding the tragedy. Time, however, is still revealing the secrets of events and of those involved.

The Titanic’s plea for help was ignored by a ship that could have saved almost everyone on board from the freezing sea. Two other ships much further away steamed to her aid. One captain would be hailed a hero, and one would be unjustly blamed for the rest of his life for the tragic deaths on that fateful night.

Both captains were experienced, and both came from Bolton. Caroline is privileged to tell their stories and discuss evidence that may unmask the ‘mystery ship’ and her captain, a captain who stood by while the Titanic and 1500 people sank to an icy grave, leaving others to take the blame.

Caroline Heaven is a local historian and a member of The British Titanic Society. She recently appeared in an episode of Secrets of the Dead called 'Abandoning Titanic' in which she told the story of the Bolton Boys, the two captains who were closest to the Titanic when it sank.

This talk, on the anniversary of the disaster, will showcase Caroline's research in detail and will include rare photographs from the collection of renowned expert and author Senan Molony. One not to miss!

  • Thursday 15th April 2021
  • Zoom talk