Olympic & Titanic An Analysis Of The Robin Gardiner Conspiracy Theory (July 2006)
This is the most extensive critical analysis available online, prepared to academic standards and endorsed accordingly. It concludes that the conspiracy theory does not stand up to scrutiny, and is unsupported by reliable evidence.
‘To The Editor…’ (July 2007)
A listing of letters that have been published in various maritime journals. This page will be updated as additional letters are written and published.
The 66,000 ton Myth (December 2007)
In an article first published by the Irish Titanic Historical Society’s White Star Journal, the myth that Titanic displaced 66,000 tons is addressed and refuted. Although the figure is often repeated, it has no basis in reality. The article does not address a new discovery - rather it brings together information that was previously known.
Olympic’s Expansion Joints (January 2008)
First published in the Titanic Historical Society’s Titanic Commutator in September 2007, this article takes a short look at Olympic’s expansion joints and the progressive philosophy of continuous improvement that Harland & Wolff practised. It argues that changes made to Britannic’s expansion joints were probably the usual lessons learned from her older sister, and not a conspiracy to cover up any defect supposedly brought to light by Titanic’s loss.
Dossier: Titanic: Time and Speed (March 2008)
This dossier groups together material relating to Titanic, the ship’s local time, and her speed.
Dossier: Titanic ‘Conspiracy’ (March 2008)
However absurd they are, it seems there is always interest in far-fetched conspiracy theories. Fantasy seems more interesting than reality to some people.
General Arrangement ‘Design “D”’ Concept for Yard Nos. 400 and 401 (Olympic and Titanic) July 1908 (January 2012)
The original ‘Design “D”’ concept, presented by Harland & Wolff to a party of directors from the White Star Line on July 29th 1908, is displayed today at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (National Museums Northern Ireland). It has also been published in Michael McCaughan's wonderful The Birth of the Titanic (Blackstaff Press, 1998). Lionel Codus has drawn these plans to reflect the original concept.
Olympic and Titanic: 'Straps' And Other Changes (2005)
As a result of some of Olympic’s experiences in a storm during January 1912, several changes were made to her sister Titanic prior to her entering service. Lessons learnt from the operation of Olympic were incorporated into her younger sister. This article is the first time that this information has been made publicly available.
The 'Olympic' Class' Expansion Joints (2005)
General information about expansion joints onboard the large liners of Olympic’s era and their performance over time, including previously unpublished information. As shipbuilders such as Harland & Wolff learned from experience, they refined their designs and increased the number of expansion joints.
Olympic and Titanic: Maiden Voyage Mysteries (2007)
An article co-authored by Mark Chirnside and Sam Halpern explores some of the navigational aspects of the maiden voyage of Olympic and her ill-fated sister. In 2006, it was discovered that there was an error in the time calculation on Olympic’s maiden voyage log card, which meant that Olympic’s average speed was understated and that the new liner performed better than anyone realised at the time.
The Mystery of Titanic's Central Propeller (2008)
Towards the end of 2007, Mark Chirnside first ran across a reference to Titanic’s central propeller specifications which stated that the propeller had three blades. It has always been assumed that this propeller had four blades, as its counterpart on Olympic did in 1911, but the new material called that assumption into question. This article examines many of the pros- and cons- of such an arrangement, as well as providing new and original material.