While this website is not intended to provide any comprehensive listing of Titanic or White Star Line related books, the purpose of this page is to list books where Mark Chirnside contributed research. Information about each title’s contents is given, along with publishers’ details and publication dates.

Olympic & Titanic First Edition 2004

Beveridge, Bruce, and Hall, Steve.
Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy.
Six Star Publishing; March 26th 2004.
Titanic or Olympic: Which Ship Sank?
Hall, Steve, and Beveridge, Bruce, with Braunschweiger, Art (Ed.)
Revised and Expanded Edition: The History Press; March 2012.

Bruce Beveridge and Steve Hall’s book is widely acknowledged to be the most comprehensive analysis of the absurd and discredited conspiracy theory put forward by authors such as Robin Gardiner. Including a mass of technical information and photographs – many of which are rare or previously unpublished – this book is vital reading for any ‘rivet counter’ or conspiracy theorist. It comprehensively debunks the idea that the two ships were swapped and proves beyond doubt that the Titanic sank. Mark was pleased to offer a small contribution to the book with reference to Olympic’s history.


Marshall, Sarah.
The Skies Beyond.
Peterborough : Poetry Now; April 30th 2005.

Described as ‘an inspiring collection of contrasting and vibrant verses all interlaced inside one solitary anthology,’ this book includes poems of ‘a breathtaking array of styles and content, as each divergent poem weaves into a new and spectacular adventure.’ Featuring more than 150 poems and authors, Mark’s poem Radio Pyongyang is included, having made the editor’s final selection out of a large number of poems.


Layton , J. Kent.
Atlantic Liners: A Trio of Trios.
Café Press Publishing; May 2005.
Revised and Expanded Edition: Lulu; March 2009.

J. Kent Layton’s book is a magnificent contribution to ocean liner literature and research, containing interesting histories of both Cunard’s trio of liners, Lusitania, Mauretania and Aquitania, White Star’s ‘Olympic’ class trio, and HAPAG’s trio – originally named Imperator, Vaterland and Bismarck. Well written and illustrated, packed with facts about these nine liners, the book is well worth having and can be purchased through the website Atlantic Liners. Mark’s books, The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic and RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister, are referenced by the author and Mark was pleased to be able to offer a small contribution to the book, including for the feature on the Britannic’s hospital ship number. When the book was issued as a revised and expanded edition (pictured), Mark gave further assistance and contributed the introduction to the updated work.


Jellicoe, Admiral Viscount.
The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: The Creation, Development and Work.
Ad Hoc Publications; March 2006.

A fascinating book, originally published in 1919 and now republished with new material and information, Mark was happy to make some small contributions with regard to Britannic’s history.

Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendour

Layton , J. Kent.
Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendour.
Lulu; April 2007.

After publishing Atlantic Liners, J. Kent Layton’s fine history of Cunard’s Lusitania is an outstanding contribution to ocean liner literature. Remembered all too often for her tragic loss in May 1915, Lusitania ’s career was an immense success from the time of her maiden voyage in 1907. The book tries to redress the balance, and shift attention to her successful career rather than her unfortunate end. Mark’s The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic and RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister were referenced, while Mark undertook some archival research work for the author and uncovered some fascinating information for the project.

Titanic The Ship Magnificent

Beveridge, Bruce, with Andrews, Scott; Hall, Steve; Klistorner, Daniel; and Braunschweiger, Art (Ed.)
Titanic: The Ship Magnificent.
The History Press; April 2008.

This team effort has produced an extensive – indeed, definitive – study of the technical aspects of Titanic, her design, construction and outfitting. Mark was pleased to assist on a number of issues, including his research into coal consumption, sharing his original research on a whole range of topics and new material.


Holt, Brent.
SS Leviathan: America’s First Superliner.
The History Press; February 2009.

Brent Holt has published his first book, an illustrated history of Leviathan. Along with RMS Berengaria: Cunard’s Happy Ship by Les Streater (Tempus Publishing; 2001) and RMS Majestic: The ‘Magic Stick’ by Mark Chirnside (Tempus Publishing; 2006), the new book means that History Press and its forerunner - Tempus Publishing - have produced a book devoted to each vessel’s life and career. This new book is a welcome addition to any maritime reference library and helps to put the ship’s success in context, while providing many stunning images.

RMS Titanic Miscellany

White, John D. T.
The RMS Titanic Miscellany.
Irish Academic Press, January 2011.

There is something for everyone who is in interested in learning more about the world’s most famous passenger liner, RMS Titanic, in this miscellany. This book is neither a work of reference, nor a compendium of lists, nor a collection of biographies, nor a compilation of trivia. In fact, it is a gloriously quirky mixture of all these things and much more besides.

Aquitania Shipbuilder Reprint Cover

The Shipbuilder, Special Aquitania Number
Parkers Books, 2011.

The Shipbuilder was the magazine for the shipping and maritime industries and is still published today. This beautiful RMS Aquitania replica is meticulously scanned from the original, with pages rebuilt using the latest digital technology.

Printed in its original size this book is perfect bound (not stapled). The cover design was changed for this Souvenir edition and is similar to other books in having a matt laminate cover for protection.

The photography shows the incredible scale of the Aquitania brought to life by the 6 colour images from the original edition. Plus, fold out plans show full details of each deck.

This special edition ‘as it appeared at the time’ is the nearest you can get to understanding the craft and care that went into this special Cunard liner, RMS Aquitania.


The original inside text of this special Shipbuilder book was kindly loaned by Mark Chirnside from his collection, for which the publishers are very grateful.

Titanic in Photographs

Klistorner, Daniel, and Hall, Steve, with Beveridge, Bruce, Andrews, Scott, and Braunschweiger, Art.
Titanic In Photographs.
The History Press, September 2011.

As the authors explain:

‘The book is 10in x 10in in size (25cm x 25cm), hardcover, and totals 176 pages (including a 16 page color section). We’ve used almost 300 black-and-white photographs, some printed across two pages. Daniel Klistorner and Steve Hall were able to source original prints or scans from original glass-plate negatives for many of the images, which means that many appear in this book in a higher resolution than have ever been seen in print – such as the well-known Cork Examiner photos, for example. Some have never been seen before, and where several similar views were taken aboard ship by different photographers, we’ve tried to include all of them (where they were available to us) and identified their sources.

‘This book is about Titanic, and the use of Olympic images has been kept to an absolute minimum.

‘...the Foreword is by Ken Marschall. We are honored to have him provide his own unique perspective on the subject matter of this book.’

The Loss of the SS Titanic a Centennial Reappraisal

Halpern, Sam, Akers-Jordan, Cathy, Behe, George, Beveridge, Bruce, Chirnside, Mark, Fitch, Tad, Gittins, Dave, Hall, Steve, Mitcham, Lester J, Weeks, Captain Charles, Wormstedt, Bill.
Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal.
The History Press; December 2011.

No individual historian can possibly be an expert on every aspect of his chosen topic, and - as a result - historical errors have a way of creeping into written histories covering most historical subjects. This has been especially true in the case of the Titanic disaster - a subject that has seen a century’s worth of historical errors, misconceptions and outright deceptions gradually become an accepted part of the historical record.  Indeed, such errors first began making their appearance during the official Titanic inquiries in 1912, when the vast body of testimony - and a lack of sufficient time to digest or analyze that testimony - resulted in a number of erroneous conclusions being made.

The present book is a radical departure from that early tradition, since it has been written by a coalition of experts who have spent many years digesting the original inquiry testimony as well as evaluating a bounty of additional evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912.  Each of the book’s co-authors is a recognized specialist in their chosen area of study, and each chapter has been exhaustively researched, analyzed and referenced utilizing the very best evidence that is currently available. The book describes and quantifies the sinking of Titanic as it actually happened, and it authoritatively disproves a number of long-standing myths about the disaster that have taken root over the past ten decades; surprisingly, though, the book also demonstrates that a number of so-called ‘legends’ about the Titanic disaster are actually based in solid historical fact.


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