A ship saw the Titanic's distress signals but did nothing

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A ship saw the Titanic's distress signals but did nothing

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:22 am

The unsinkable ship didn’t live up to its reputation, except in popular culture. It has been over a century since the Titanic sank in April 1912 with over two-thirds of people aboard dying in the freezing Atlantic, but their bravery, sacrifice, privilege, cowardice, and the owners’ hubris, continues to inspire stories across media. What about a ship near enough to help but didn’t?

The SS Californian was only a few miles away from the stricken ship that night and had even warned of ice in its path earlier. When the Titanic foundered, its officers saw the distress signals, and reportedly even informed their captain but no action was taken till the morning – when it was too late.

This breach of the oldest of the seaman’s code – to help a distressed ship – was pointed out in both the US and British probes, but has never been explained satisfactorily. In his debut novel, Australian author David Dyer, however, offers a provocative but quite compellingly plausible reason.

A part-time merchant navy officer during his graduation, he subsequently worked as a lawyer with a British legal practice whose parent firm had represented Titanic’s owners back in 1912 and it was there he “became obsessed with ‘the Californian incident’, and began to think about writing a book about it”. It took several years before he got down to actually doing it.

Extensively researched in London, Liverpool, New York, Boston and even the site of Titanic’s sinking in the Atlantic, Dyer’s story not only provides a new look at the cataclysmic tragedy – in giving a voice to some of its most powerless and unmourned victims or its aftermath – but also the social mores, perceptions and expectations that may have played their part.

Read more; http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/a-s ... lYuOK.html
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