Titanic: New Evidence

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Senan Molony (Contributor)
Senan Molony (Contributor)
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Senan Molony (Contributor)

Senan Molony is the current Political Editor for the Irish Daily Mail and has been researching and writing about the Titanic for decades. Some of his biggest contributions have been regarding the discovery of an official list of Irish passengers and crew – full of erroneous spellings and incorrect Anglicised versions. This led to the publication of The Irish Aboard Titanic in 2000, followed by A Ship Accused (2002); The Titanic and the Mystery Ship (2004); Titanic: victims and Villains (2008) and Titanic Scandal: The Trial of the Mount Temple (2010).

Senan also contributes regularly to the online resource, Encyclopedia Titanica where he has contributed to 237 articles and stories as well as added research for 14 biographies. Senan is the lead contributor in the documentary as his interest into the boiler room fire on board the Titanic’s voyage from Belfast was heightened after years of looking over the British and American Titanic inquiry testimonies as well as his unprecedented examination of the John Kempster photographs, owned by Steve Raffield.

Steve Raffield (Contributor)
Steve Raffield (Contributor)
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Steve Raffield (Contributor)

Steve Raffield  is a lawyer and has been an avid collector of Titanic memorabilia for the past twenty years. The jewel of his collection is his photo album that belonged to John Kempster, manager of Harland & Wolff’s electrical department.

The photo album has 116 prints and consists of photographs of the Titanic and her sister ship the Olympic. Senan and Steve published the photographs as a book called Titanic Unseen (2016) and pay special tribute to the rare 13 photographs showing her launch and departure from Belfast, where she was built at the Harland & Wolff docks.

Brad Matsen (Contributor)
Brad Matsen (Contributor)
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Brad Matsen (Contributor)

Brad Matsen has written about maritime subjects for decades and wrote the book, Titanic’s Last Secrets (2008) where Brad followed the exploits of divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler as they looked into why the Titanic sank as quickly as she did. Brad explores the history behind the shipbuilding, the business of the transatlantic luxury liners of the time  and shipwreck forensics.

Brad joined the documentary because of his expertise on both the proceedings of the American and British Titanic inquiries and the individuals involved. He was interested in Senan Molony’s argument that the coal bunker fire on board the Titanic was something work exploring.

Dr Martin Strangwood (Contributor)
Dr Martin Strangwood (Contributor)
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Dr Martin Strangwood (Contributor)

Dr. Martin Strangwood is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s School of Metallurgy and Materials.  He specialises in the quantification of structures and properties for a range of materials, relating these to processing conditions, composition and eventual properties.

Dr Strangwood came into the documentary with a detailed knowledge of how shipbuilding in the early 1900s compares to shipbuilding today. His expertise on the structural properties of shipbuilding steel of the time was crucial in regards to explaining the effect of heat produced by a coal fire would have on the steel bulkhead separating the boiler rooms on the Titanic. His knowledge on how Harland and Wolff rolled out their steel plates paired with Dr Guillermo Rein’s study gave us a detailed and clear picture of the extent of damage suffered by the ship because of this fire before any impact with the iceberg.

Dr Strangwood has published over 200 refereed papers and contributed to 10 book chapters.

Richard de Kerbrech (Contributor)
Richard de Kerbrech (Contributor)
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Richard de Kerbrech (Contributor)

Richard de Kerbrech is author of Down Amongst the Black Gang: The World and Workplace of RMS Titanic’s Stokers (2014). His expertise is in the oft-ignored part of Titanic’s story – that of the gruelling and hot work of the stokers that fuelled the luxury liner’s boilers with coal. His vast knowledge on the machinery of the engine and boiler rooms, the skill of these men and their human stories were crucial in appreciating the conditions some of the key characters of our story were working in.

Having met Senan Molony previously in their work, Richard was interested in discussing and challenging Senan Molony’s theory into the effect of the coal bunker fire on board the Titanic.

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