Titanic musician's link to Eastbourne

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Titanic musician's link to Eastbourne

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:04 am

The June 2017 meeting of the Eastbourne Local History Society was well attended and members were treated to an illustrated talk by David Clark of memories of RMS Titanic and John Wesley Woodward, the brave cellist who played in the orchestra as the ship was sinking and who is commemorated on a plaque in the Eastbourne bandstand, writes Frank Lane.

Mr Clark was himself a ships’ radio officer for many years serving on and during crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary.

He told some of the story from the radio operator’s perspective and started his talk with a map tracing the route of that fated voyage that the Titanic took across the Atlantic. The Titanic,

launched in 1911, was owned by the White Star Line and built, together with sister ships the Olympic, launched in 1910, and Gigantic, which was actually named Brittania when she was launched in 1914, at the facilities of Harland and Woolff in Belfast. He spoke of the catalogue of problems that assailed the Titanic from the very beginning – some of which may have led to her eventual sinking after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage.It started when the Olympic had been launched and was badly damaged in a collision with another ship and had to return to the shipyard for repairs. This delayed the completion of the Titanic as the workers were taken from her to repair the damaged ship.

Read more at: http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/lifes ... -1-8048401
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