Friday, September 6, 2013
Titanic Historical Society 50th Anniversary: Day 3
Today was an amazing day! It began with a speech by Phil Gowan in which he shared a snippet of his immense knowledge of the good, bad, and ugly passengers and crew. It was interesting to see an honest look at the passengers and crew that are revered or in which their faults are overlooked. The next speech was by Paul Loudon-Brown about the RMS Arabic. Being a Titaniac, I'd heard about the Arabic maybe twice as one of the prominent ships in the White Star Lind fleet. But I had never looked into it in depth. Loudon-Brown dove into the Arabic story and what a fascinating and interesting ship she is. He also talked about the attempt to recover the gold off the Arabic which was sunk during WWI. Afterwards, Joseph Brown got up and spoke about the Marconi set and the role of the wireless on board the Titanic. Before the next speech, I went over to the hotel next door with Douglas Willingham and another friend where Douglas Willingham showed me his scrapbook about his cousin, 1st class passenger Archie Butt. It was a wonderful time, talking with them and getting to know them along with learning some very interesting facts about Archie. When we returned, we got in to see the final 30 minutes of Darrell Rooney's documentary about the Titanic Heritage Tours. It looked awesome based on what little I saw. Next, we went out to Alamo Steakhouse for dinner with Douglas Willingham, George Behe, the Trowers, Phil Gowan, Darrell Rooney, Don Lynch, and several others. We had a great time and got back to hear Don Lynch give a fascinating speech about his experiences making the movie. It was real eye opening.