You will find, below, a list of updates since January 2015. For earlier articles, please consult the news archive.

Described as 'a spectacular book' and ' painstakingly researched and beautifully presented', The 'Big Four' of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic, released in hardcover in October 2016, is now also available as a softcover edition (right) from May 2018.  Click here to purchase your own personal, signed copy!


Olympic cover

The thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Mark Chirnside’s acclaimed RMS Olympic: Titanic's Sister has been released in September 2015.  The original book has been expanded from 320 to 352 pages, plus a 16 page colour section.

Signed copies of the book can be ordered with your own specified inscription through this website.



May 2018

A new article has been uploaded, Olympic: A Floating French Hotel. It discusses in detail some of the various schemes to purchase her and, in particular, one consortium's plan to acquire her and use her as a floating hotel in the south of France.

April 2018

The 'Big Four' of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic is released as a cheaper softcover edition from May 2018 and signed copies can be bought through the Bookshop.

February 2018

A belated Happy New Year! Lots of things have been going on behind the scenes and new reviews of The 'Big Four' of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic  have been uploaded.

April 2017

First published in January 2017, in response to yet another popular Titanic conspiracy theory, ‘Titanic Fire & Ice (or What You Will)’ explores in detail many of the false claims that were made in a recent TV programme and addresses them by examining the evidence point by point.  This paper is a co-authored effort by (in alphabetical order) Bruce Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Ioannis Georgiou, Steve Hall, J. Kent Layton and Bill Wormstedt with editing by Cathy Akers-Jordan.  It is a comprehensive analytical paper complete with detailed references and acknowledgements, but has a single page summary of our conclusions on page 45.

November 2016

The reviews are in for The 'Big Four' of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic.

A new dossier has been uploaded, documenting the available evidence about Titanic's centre propeller configuration.  

October 2016

The 'Big Four' of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic has been released by the History Press. An exclusive preview page has been uploaded, and you can buy your own personally inscribed, signed copy here.

August 2016

A new article has been uploaded:

Titanic: Allegations & Evidence (August 2016)

This article discusses a number of questionable claims made about Titanic in recent years, including unsubstantiated claims of deliberately flawed construction  It was published originally in the Titanic International Society journal Voyage in December 2015.

April 2016

The pages for RMS Olympic: Titanic's Sister and Olympic Titanic & Britannic: An Illustrated History of the 'Olympic' Class Ships have been updated with reviews.

A new article has also been uploaded, accessible through the Titanic Index or the link below:

The Enclosure of Titanic's Forward A-deck Promenade: Popular Myth (April 2016)

This article examines a last-minute change to Titanic's design: the enclosure of the fore end of the ship's promenade deck, A. It proved to be one of the most obvious external features to distinguish Olympic and Titanic at a distance, but a lot of claims have been made about the reason for the change which do not stand up to scrutiny.  The article looks at them in detail and provides little-known evidence from Olympic's career.  It was first published in the British Titanic Society journal Atlantic Daily Bulletin in March 2016.  

January 1st 2016

All good wishes for a happy, contented and prosperous New Year!

September 5th 2015

The revised and expanded edition of RMS Olympic: Titanic's Sister is released by the History Press in the next few days.  Thoroughly improved and expanded from the original edition that was published in 2004, the new volume has been expanded from 320 to 352 pages, with a revised colour section.  Despite all this additional material, the new edition is being sold for the same price as the original was eleven years ago!

A new preview page has been added, containing a full contents listing, previews of some of the pages inside, and some additional notes about the book's history.  Signed copies can be purchased directly from the Bookshop.

April 24th 2015

The reviews are in for The Sting of the Hawke: Collision in the Solent - The Full Story Behind the Collision Between HMS Hawke and RMS Olympic on 20 September 1911 and four reviews have been added.

January 15th 2015

As we enter 2015, all good wishes go out for you to have a happy, contented and prosperous New Year! Thanks to everybody who has visited and supported Mark Chirnside’s Reception Room.

It will be a busy year with new releases planned. To kick off, a new page has been added to the website to preview the new book The Sting of the Hawke: Collision in the Solent - The Full Story Behind the Collision Between HMS Hawke and RMS Olympic on 20 September 1911, co-authored by Sam Halpern and Mark Chirnside.  This recently-released volume aims to offer a definitive account and analysis of the infamous collision.  To sneak a peak inside, click here and, if you'd like to buy a copy signed by Mark, then you can do so in the Bookshop.

Another link has been added to the Links page, directing readers to Drew Keeling's excellent website looking at mass immigration as a travel business.

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