Has anyone any information about the events in the South Western Hotel, Southampton on 9 April 1912? We know that J Bruce Ismay with his family, Thomas Andrews and the ships guarantee group (a total of 9 White Star Line staff I believe) stayed at the hotel on the night before the maiden voyage together with some of the wealthiest passengers. I understand that Captain Smith, who lived with his wife and daughter only a short distance from the hotel, was the only officer not on board Titanic that night; and have evidence to make me believe that he must have been invited to the hotel for pre-voyage interaction with the White Star contingency, possible pre-voyage briefing, meal and celebrations in the hotel that night. I also have evidence that Bruce Ismay presented Captain Smith with an elaborate pre-voyage gift at the hotel which could be of profound importance in the debate about whether Bruce later influenced the Captain in a bid to break the trans-Atlantic record. However, I have found no accounts of events in the hotel that night. I am wondering if any Southampton news reporters may have been present so that an article may have been published about it the following morning? If anyone has any knowledge on this subject I would be most pleased to learn. Many thanks. Chris.
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