Merseyside Maritime Museum curator writes new book on Titantic

By Laura Davis on Dec 4, 09 10:33 AM

THE first book to deal explicitly with the relationship between Titanic and her home port of Liverpool has just been published.


It's written by Dr Alan Scarth of Merseyside Maritime Museum and puts the legendary White Star liner in the context of transatlantic migration from Liverpool to North America.

If you had been behind the Titanic on that fateful night, the last word that flashed before your eyes as the great ship was lost to the sea would have been 'Liverpool'.

The ship's loss, a national and international tragedy, was also a tragedy for its home port and the book explores the history and myths surrounding the sinking, highlighting for the first time new and extraordinary stories that link Europe's pre-eminent port and its most famous maritime loss.

Using material from the White Star line archives, the extensive holdings of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, new illustrations and a variety of historical sources, Dr Scarth unearths the full back story of key characters and companies.

Many of her key officers and crew were either from Liverpool or had strong links with the port, the ship's owners were based in the city, many of the most colourful tales emerging from the disaster relate to Liverpool people and the books traces what happened to them after the sinking.

Titanic and Liverpool is published by Liverpool University Press, priced £9.95.


Laura Davis

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