June 21st Titanic subject on UK quiz tonight


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Late heads up for the UK, the Titanic is a specialised subject on tonight's 'Mastermind' on BBC2 at 9pm.
 
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I know! And who forgot to get somebody to tape it whilst watching England thrash Croatia 4 - 2 ???

There were 14 questions, right? We were talking about this on the train back from Liverpool on Sunday and we were speculating on what sort of questions would be asked. Does anyone know? Did anybody watch it? Better still, did anybody tape it?

Cheers,

Boz
 

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Iain, I taped it, and here are the questions and answers quickly transcribed for you;

1. Titanic was designated as which class of ship, named after her sister ship launched earlier in the year? (Olympic class)

2. Which company owned by JP Morgan had acquired the White Star Line in 1902? (International Mercantile Marine)

3. Which 3 letter call sign was used by the Titanic during her maiden voyage? (MGY)

4. What was the name of the newspaper issued every morning on board the Titanic to 1st class passengers? (Atlantic Daily Bulletin)

5. Which partner in the shipbuilders H&W suggested to the WSL the idea of building ships to rival the Lusitania? (Pirrie)

6. What is the name of the lookout credited with the first sighting of the iceberg that Titanic collided with? (Frederick Fleet)

7. What was the keel plate number assigned to the Titanic during her construction? (401)

8. There were two Marconi wireless operators on board the Titanic, Jack Phillips was the senior man, what was the name of the junior? (Harold Bride)

9. Which US senator chaired the Senate subcommittee which investigated the Titanic disaster? (Smith)

10. Which passenger on the sinking Titanic, when offered a place in a lifeboat declined, saying to her husband 'We have been together many years, where you go, I go'? (Mrs Strauss)

11. How many lifeboats was the Titanic equiped with in total, including all collapsible and emergency boats? (20)

12. What was the name of the priest on the Titanic who heard confessions at the aft end of the boat deck as the ship was sinking? (Thomas Byles)

13. Who was the MD of H&W and the head of the drafting department who designed the Titanic who went on the maiden voyage to see if any improvements could be made? (Thomas Andrews)

14. What ship was the first sent out from Halifax Nova Scotia to pick up the bodies of the dead from the site of the sinking? (Mackay Bennett)

15. The Titanic's distress signals apparently ignored by the nearby Californian, were picked up by the Carpathia and which German vessel? (Frankfurt)

16. What was the name of the farmer from Co.Cork who, having lost a son in the disaster, successfully sued the Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. for damages? (Thomas Ryan)

The guy on the show got 11 right with no passes. I got the first 15 correct, and had no idea of the last question!
 
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Thanks for letting us know Mike.

Some of those are SO easy - I would have got all except maybe number 5. I just called my mate to see how he would have fared and he did exactly the same as you, Mike, tripped up on the last question.

The guy was a doctor, I believe? Specialised subject? And he only got 11 right? Oh dear...
 

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He said 'Father Browne' instead of Thomas Byles, and gave the 'NO POPE' number instead of '401', looking very puzzled and not entirely in agreement when he was corrected!
 
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The NO POPE number was made up after the Titanic sank, in fact Walter Lord admitted that his source was unreliable. I think I would have been told about it if it had existed from my Grandfather or my Dad as it would have been passed down.
 
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