December 7th 2011

The new book, Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reapparaisal, has been released by the History Press. The book is the result of many years spent researching, evaluating and analyzing the wealth of evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912. This 400 page book, written by eleven co-authors, follows the basic layout of the 1912 Wreck Commission report into loss of Titanic, providing fascinating insights into the ship itself, the American and British inquiries, the passengers and crew, the fateful journey and ice warnings received, the collision, damage and sinking, taking to the boats and rescue by Carpathia, the circumstances in connection with the SS Californian and SS Mount Temple, and the ramifications that followed the disaster. It is extensively referenced with 830 separate endnotes, contains 127 photos and illustrations, as well as numerous tables. The ten appendices contain a wealth of information including the name of every crewmember by department who was on board for the transatlantic crossing (including the capacity they held), and the name of every transatlantic passenger who was on board by passenger class. It has an extensively detailed and fully referenced chronology with 245 separate time entries starting from the morning of April 10th 1912 to the evening of April 15th 1912.

Mark made a small contribution, writing a chapter section dealing with the post-disaster changes to Olympic and Britannic, as well as reviewing generally other sections of the book and offering suggestions or comments. For further information about this publication, see the other books page; or view its own dedicated website (external link).

The Loss of the SS Titanic a Centennial Reappraisal

The new Titanic In Photographs book by Daniel Klistorner and Steve Hall, Scott Andrews, Bruce Beveridge and Art Braunschweiger has also been added to the other books page. It is an extraordinary work containing new and original material. Mark was pleased to help in a small way.

Mark’s The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships, issued as a revised and expanded second edition in May 2011, is about to be reprinted as the initial stocks have been completely exhausted. Hopefully, this will prevent any supply issues for anyone wanting to purchase a copy for Christmas. If anyone does have problems, they can purchase a signed copy through this website.

A link has been added on the Adriatic and Olympic Turkish Bath cooling rooms comparison page to Malcolm Shifrin’s Victorian Turkish Bath Project, which provides additional information for readers about this subject.

Some new images have been added to the Majestic Rigging Plan by Lionel Codus, which first appeared on the site in February 2011. Plans of Britannic as a hospital ship by Cyril Codus have also been uploaded to the site.

A new letter has also been uploaded onto the ‘To the Editor’ page, exploring how the White Star Line financed their enormous trio of liners.

The website has also been modified in that customers can purchase signed copies directly, rather than having to e-mail Mark and make enquiries about total postage and other costs. If you are interested in buying a book directly, you can find the payment facility at the bottom of the relevant book page. It gives the option to select the appropriate postage for where you live and you can also specify a personal inscription. Mark is more than happy to receive e-mail enquiries in addition.

Mark Chirnside’s Reception Room has also been accepted for inclusion in the UK Web Archive, delivered through the British Library:

‘The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation. This includes “grey literature” sites: those that carry briefings, reports, policy statements, and other ephemeral but significant forms of information.

‘There are millions of UK websites. They are constantly changing and even disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available online. Responding to the challenge of a potential “digital black hole” the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.’

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August 14th 2011

A new interview has been uploaded and added to the interviews index, including information about the new edition of The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships. Copies of the Majestic Rigging Plan are also for sale, and details can be found at the bottom of the relevant page.

May 21st 2011

The revised edition of The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships has arrived from the printer. It was released on May 16th 2011. Copies will be for sale at the Belfast Titanic Society/Titanic International Society convention in Belfast; copies are also being distributed to retailers, including the Titanic Historical Society store. Copies with a personal inscription can be bought directly by contacting Mark with your name, full postal address and preferred wording. An invoice will then be sent. Payment by Paypal is preferred, although all payment options can be considered. The book’s cost is £25. Postage and packing to America is estimated at £9.50; Australia is estimated at £9.50; European countries, £5; and within the UK, £4.

April 24th 2011

The revised edition of The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships has already gone to print. It will be released next month. If all goes to plan, copies will be for sale at the Belfast Titanic Society/Titanic International Society convention in Belfast. A preview page has been added to the website which includes a contents listing and a number of page previews.

February 1st 2011

In the first update of 2011, a new bulletin has been posted on the main and news/updates pages advertising the History Press’s new Titanic collection for 2011 and 2012. Links have been provided to their own website, while contact details for interested parties can also be seen above. A review of the first edition of The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships has been added to the book’s page.

As promised in January 2010, the new Britannic FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page has been uploaded. It will be expanded as time allows.

Another addition to the site is the Majestic Rigging Plan by Lionel Codus with Cyril Codus. It is a wonderful illustrative profile of the ship from a very talented person.


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