A Tale of Three Captains

12 February 2018







A talk by PHILIP ARMSTRONG, Vice Chairman of Belfast Titanic Society and Titanic Historian




Captain Smith of the Titanic went down with his ship. Captain Arthur Rostron of the RMS Carpathia would rescue the survivors some 6-7 hours after the sinking, and Captain Stanley Lord of the steamer Californian, who only learnt of the disaster after the sinking had occurred, was ultimately blamed for failing to render assistance to the Titanic in her final hours. One of these men was the highest paid merchant marine sea captain in the world, one had been made captain at the age of only 28 years, and one of them believed in sea monsters. Tonight we are going to look at the careers of these men, what they did on the night of 14-15 April 1912, and whether they deserved the reputations that time has dealt them.

Philip is a solicitor specialising in residential property law, and owns one of the largest conveyancing firms in Northern Ireland. He has been involved with the Belfast Titanic Society since its formation in 1992 and was secretary of the predecessor Ulster Titanic Society in the late 1990’s, prior to becoming Vice Chair of the Belfast Titanic Society in 2014. Philip has a passion for all historical liners, but has a particular interest in Titanic and her sisters (especially Britannic).  He has given numerous presentations on Titanic and Britannic, and he is one of the few people to have written and lectured on the salvage of Titanic from a legal perspective. He is the administrator of the Society’s popular Facebook pag

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