Like many other people interested in the Titanic disaster (pre-Cameron, anyway), I first got 'hooked' by reading Walter Lord's book "A Night to Remember". In my case, this occurred when I was a teenager in the early 1960's. As this was the only book easily available at the time, the interest died down to be replaced by many other things. When Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985, I became interested again, and started searching out and buying other new books on the subject.
In addition to writing some short bios for the Encyclopedia
Titanica site, following are several other articles I have
written about the Titanic:
(NOTE: Sharp eyed readers may notice that the online articles Fire and Ice (Or What You Will) and Time and Again: Titanic's Final Hours are no longer available on this website. Both articles (revised and updated) are in the new book Titanic: Solving the Mysteries. For details on this December 2019 book, see below)
The Titanic', Abandoning Reality: The Truth About the SS
Mount Temple In November 2020, a new
programme aired on PBS in the United States. Aired as an
episode of the Secrets of the Dead series, it was entitled
Abandoning the Titanic. In certain other countries, the
programme aired under the title Titanic: A Dead Reckoning. The
show featured a number of major historical errors; indeed, its
very premise was historically flawed. Read our new article,
detailing these many historical errors. - Brand
New January 2021
Proven Facts about the Titanic
Over the years, many incorrect 'facts' have been stated, and
continue to be repeated. Here are the proven facts, as
researched by a number of respected historians
The Confusing Accounts of
Quartermaster Rowe A comparison of George Rowe's
1912 US and British Inquiry testimonies, with his decades
later statements in the 1950s and 1960s
Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined by Bill
Wormstedt, Tad Fitch and George Behe. A new look at the
lowering order of the lifeboats as they left Titanic, to
develop a revised timeline
Occupancy Totals by Bill Wormstedt & Tad
Fitch. New research into how many survivors got off in
each of Titanic's lifeboats
Facts: What Did the Survivors See of the Break-up of the
Titanic? For very many years, many of us thought
the Titanic sank intact. And many thought, and still
think, that most of the survivors also said she sank
whole. But what did the people who testified at both
Inquiries actually say? Did most *really* say it sank
Shots in the Dark - Did an Officer Commit Suicide on the Titanic in the Last Stages of the Sinking?
The Lifeboats of the Titanic - A comparison of the revised timeline to the British Inquiry timeline, along with additional information regarding crew in charge of the lifeboats, and a comparision of lifeboat occupancy.
An Examination of David Gleicher's Lifeboat Launch Sequence by Bill Wormstedt, Tad Fitch and George Behe. A number of discussions at Encylopedia Titanica have prompted us to write an analysis of David Gleicher's lifeboat launch timeline, which differs from our own in a number of key points.
Miscellaneous - Various photos relating to the Titanic - the grave of Albert Horswill, 1999 photos of the Nomadic
Titanic Voices Index - An index to
the book Titanic Voices - available in both an online version,
and downloadable versions
The Final Seconds before Collision By Bruce A. Trinque
The Goldenbergs By Phillip Gowan
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In addition, I am the co-author on three books about the Titanic! Click on the book covers or links to see more:
|Report into the Loss of the SS
Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal
By Sam Halpern, Cathy Akers-Jordan, George Behe, Bruce
Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Dave Gittins,
Steve Hall, Lester J. Mitcham, Captain Charles Weeks,
and Bill Wormstedt
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.
By Tad Fitch, J. Kent Layton and Bill
One hundred years after the sinking of the Titanic, the history of that ship is commemorated in this 2012 incredibly comprehensive volume. Authored by Tad Fitch, Bill Wormstedt and J. Kent Layton, three well-known and highly respected researchers of the disaster, this book reveals the history of the Titanic as you have never read it before. From the personal stories, to the most accurate timeline of events during the sinking of the ship yet compiled, to the common misconceptions - nothing is beyond this volume's scope. Did ship's officers shoot passengers, or did one commit suicide? Was the Titanic switched with her similar sister ship Olympic? Was Titanic's construction of a poor nature, contributing to her loss? What became of Captain Smith and Thomas Andrews? How did the ship's final five minutes play out, from a technical perspective? Was the ship trying to make New York on Tuesday night rather than Wednesday morning? All of these questions, and many more, are answered within this volume.
The narrative reads chronologically, taking the reader from the ship's initial concept, through construction, launch, fitting out, trials, and her disastrous maiden voyage. It is backed up by the team's many years of research into the subject, and the collective knowledge of other researchers — such as Sam Halpern, George Behe, Mike Poirier, Bruce Beveridge and many more — has been tapped to bring you one of the most accurate and informative texts ever written on the subject. More than just a dry dissertation of facts, this volume's text will engage and engross the reader, placing you aboard the ship in way you may never have thought possible before...
This volume is also packed with photos and illustrations, including a full-color section.
By Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Ioannis
Georgiou, Steve Hall, Samuel Halpern, J.
Kent Layton and Bill Wormstedt
The sinking of the RMS Titanic
on April 15, 1912 is one of the best-remembered, and
most-scrutinised, moments of the twentieth century. Yet
ever since the disaster, there have been lingering
mysteries, questions that seemed utterly impossible to
In recent years, a string of
allegations have also been made to the effect that the Titanic
was suffering from a fire in one of her coal bunkers
during the maiden voyage. Televised programs,
media broadcasts, and even a new book would have the
public believe that Titanic was all but a
blazing inferno before she even struck the iceberg, and
that it was the fire that actually doomed the ship.
Then there is the question of the time
difference between ship’s time and time on shore on the
night of the disaster – a complex navigational mystery
that has a direct bearing on understanding key aspects
of how events played out on that fateful night.
Now follow an international and world-renowned team of Titanic and maritime historians and researchers as we attempt to solve two of the most important, and most publicized, mysteries of the Titanic disaster.
Titanic Symposium - Castine Maine
Florence SC - January
Florence SC - August 2003
OH - April 2005
Florence SC -
Toledo OH -
- June 2011
In addition, following is a list of my favorite Titanic web-pages, focusing on the historical aspects of the tragedy:
George Behe's Titanic Tidbits - an interesting series of articles about various aspects of the disaster such as:
What music did the Band play that night?
Did a man save himself by dressing as a woman?
What about the Californian?
Tad Fitch's Author
Page - an overview of Tad's books, both old and new.
Michael Tennaro's Titanic Book
Site is back!
Roy Mengot's The
Wreck of the RMS Titanic - Details of Roy's award
winning wreck model, along with details of the break-up of the
The Titanic Inquiry Project - The full texts of the 1912 Titanic Inquiries - both American and British. Available online, or as a downloadable file.
Sam Halpern's Titanicology
- A prolific author, Sam has a number of online articles
spotlighting the technical aspects of the disaster.
Reception Room - Mark has written a number of books on
the Titanic, Olympic and Brittanic, and other ocean liners of
Titanic Pages - New, fresh research into many aspects of
Titanic, plus a look at some of the original survivor
documents from Walter Lord's collection
The Ship Magnificent - A wonderful two volume set of
books by Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall, Daniel
Klistorner and Art Braunschweiger.
Art's Titanic Model
- Details in photos and text, of one of the most accurate
Titanic models available. Modeled by Art Braunschweiger.
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