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Titanic or Olympic: Which Ship Sank?

Titanic or Olympic: Which Ship Sank?

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By (author) Steve Hall, By (author) Bruce Beveridge, By (author) Art Braunschweiger

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 20mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752461583
  • ISBN 13: 9780752461588
  • Sales rank: 410,552

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The Titanic is one of the most famous maritime disasters of all time, but did the Titanic really sink on the morning of 15 April 1912? Titanic's older sister, the nearly identical Olympic, was involved in a serious accident in September 1911 - an accident that may have made her a liability to her owners the White Star Line. Since 1912 rumours of a conspiracy to switch the two sisters in an elaborate insurance scam has always loomed behind the tragic story of the Titanic. Could the White Star Line have really switched the Olympic with her near identical sister in a ruse to intentionally sink their mortally damaged flagship in April 1912, in order to cash in on the insurance policy? Laying bare the famous conspiracy theory, world-respected Titanic researchers investigate claims that the sister ships were switched in an insurance scam and provide definitive proof for whether it could - or could not - have happened.

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Steve Hall lives in the small coastal town of Angels Beach in New South Wales, Australia. He is a renowned Titanic visual historian; having collected, studied and researched the ship's photographic record for over three decades. He has consulted to the media, auction houses and museums around the world and holds one of the largest held private collections of Titanic photographs in the world. He has co-authored several landmark books on the subject, including Titanic: The Ship Magnificent Volumes 1 & 2 (2008), Titanic in Photographs (2011) and Report Into The Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal (2012). He retired from the information technology industry several years ago and devotes his spare time to writing a series of children's novels. Bruce Beveridge has been a history buff for many years, centreing on early civilisations, the Crusades, and famous ships. He is also the senior historical archivist for his local community library and spends his time away from Titanic working on local history projects. Bruce has established a reputation in Titanic community as being one of the foremost visual and technical historians of teh Olympic-class ships. He has advised on Titanic's visual and technical specifications for exhibitions, professional modeling firms, the Danbury Mint, the auction firm of Henry Aldridge and Son and other organisations requiring specialised consultation on the ship. Bruce's highly sought-after General Arrangement plans of the ship, released in 2003, were the most highly detailed and accurate plans released to date and were subsequently used by dive teams investigating the wreck. Bruce's research on the ship ultimately led to the book Titanic: The Ship Magnificent, a two-volume tome coordinated and co-authored with Steve Hall, Scott Andrews and Daniel Klistorner and which has become the defining reference for information on the ship. Art Braunschweiger has had a long-standing interest in maritime and naval history, focusing on the British Navy of the period 1750-1820, World War II submarine warfare in the Pacific, and the Atlantic convoys of World War II. He is an accomplished ship model builder and, along with Bruce Beveridge, is a trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association. Art also assisted in writing and researching Titanic: The Ship Magnificent and Titanic in Photographs. He devotes his spare time to ship model building and beekeeping.