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The Man Who Sank Titanic: The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hichens
 
 
Author
Sally Nilsson.
Publisher History Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780752460710
Pages/Publication Date 159/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38488
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The man at the helm when Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, quartermaster Robert Hichens has been variously accused of mistaking a tiller command and steering into the iceberg, of cowardice in his command of Lifeboat 6, and of bullying fellow survivors like Margaret "Unsinkable Molly" Brown. He was a lead witness at the U.S. and British inquiries, answering hundreds of grueling questions, and his testimony informed much of the story that people know today, but his career and his life remained haunted by Titanic. Here his great-granddaughter seeks to redeem Hichens and reveal the true character of the man her family knew, with previously unpublished details and photos from family archives.

"One of the more arresting sequels is told in Sally Nilsson's The Man Who Sank the Titanic, whose sub-title, 'The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hichens,' is nothing if not an understatement. At the wheel of the ship at the critical time, Hichens was described as a coward at the inquiries, turned frequently to drink, saw a business venture turn sour, ran up debts, was estranged from his family, and attempted to murder his main creditor. He is another example of a survivor who was never the same again."Independent on Sunday (London)

 
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