"I made no attempt to trace Stone:" L. Harrison

Paul Lee

Aug 11, 2003
A Night To Remember premiered on July 2nd, 1958 and Captain Lord contacted Leslie Harrison soon after. We know that Herbert Stone died in September 1959, and it seems a bit odd that Harrison did not trace Stone in the 14 month gap. Stone could have told more information than he did in London.

But then theres the passage in "A Titanic Myth": "I made no attempt to trace Stone". The reason given is that Harrison did not want to get embroiled in a controversy with Stone over a story in the press. This report is apparently one where Stone said that Lord was drunk (I believe this is on the first page of the "Critics" chapter).

Anyone could - and should - have dismissed this report as fantasy. So why didn't Harrison at least try to contact Stone? His excuse is very flimsy. I suspect that its because Stone would have told him something he didn't want to hear....but then again, Groves was critical of the Californian and Lord on 14-15/4/12, so why not make some attempt to contact someone who was on the bridge as the rockets went up?

Dave Gittins

Apr 11, 2001
Pretty typical of Harrison. It's like his careful omission of the navigational details on the Almerian documents you turned up.

Always remember that Harrison's job was not history. He was a union official trying to get a member off the hook. The defence lawyer doesn't present the case for the prosecution.

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