TO mark the centenary anniversary of the sinking of the SS Titanic, an ex Royal Navy submariner and Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents will reveal his unique angle on the loss of one of the most famous ships in history at a talk in Chelmsford next week.
Spending 36 years serving in both the Merchant and Royal Navies before becoming head of the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Rear Admiral John Lang has investigated the tragedy further, documenting his findings in a book due to be published at the end of July 2012.
And on Wednesday 18 April, he’ll be talking about his discoveries to audiences at the quadrant department store in Chelmsford.
Comparing the original accident report from 100 years ago, which stated that the Titanic sank due to a collision with an iceberg brought on by excessive speed, with a modern day version based on the same facts, John’s investigation leads to a different chain of events extending back over several years.
During the talk he identifies the single action that triggered the disaster, the three crucial causes and the many underlying reasons that contributed to the best known marine accident in history. Although there may well be no surprises the conclusions he draws have never been presented in this way before.
This illustrated talk, is not only a must for any Titanic fan, but will also be raising funds for Chelmsford Star Co-Operative Society’s charity of the year, Families InFocus (Essex).
Doors open at the quadrant department store at 6.45pm for 7.15pm on Wednesday, 18 April. Tickets cost £7.50 (including a glass of wine) and are available from the quadrant’s customer services or can be reserved on firstname.lastname@example.org.