Titanic 100: The Myths and Legends

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Radio 2 investigates the truth behind many of the stories - outrageous or otherwise - that continue to haunt the most famous ship in the world, 100 years after the accident that sent her to the bottom of the icy North Atlantic along with over 1500 souls.

Among the myths to be explored are whether Titanic was really called "unsinkable"; if it was travelling too fast in dangerous, icy waters and whether ice warnings were ignored. It also considers whether there were really too few lifeboats; and if a nearby ship really watched the tragedy unfold but refused to go to the rescue.

We also consider who the real heroes and villains were; whether the ship was carrying millions in gold bullion; and, while asking what really conspired to sing the Titanic, we consider whether it was an elaborate insurance scam that went horribly wrong.

These and other stories are investigated by leading Titanic experts including: Paul Louden-Brown, maritime historian and historical adviser to James Cameron for the film Titanic; William Blair, Head of Human History at National Museums, Northern Ireland; Susie Millar, of Titanic Tours, Belfast; Lee Lavis, Heritage Education Officer of the Lagan Legacy, which preserves Belfast's maritime past; and Trevor Beattie, the advertising expert and acknowledged Titanic expert.

David Warner narrates, an actor who's starred in three films about the maritime disaster, including James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winner.
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