- Aug 29, 2000
I was rummaging around an antiquarian bookstore today in New Bedford Massachusetts, and came upon a box of 1911-1916 Youth Companions- a large-sized weekly news magazine popular in New England. After 30 minutes patient digging I found some great articles on Lusitania, Titanic and other relevant topics. Paid 10 dollars per copy- not too bad. Some of the news magazines were prepasted and run a week early so the Titanic news did not actually start appearing until the April 22nd issue. The April 29th issue told of a White Star Line crew mutiny on April 24th aboard OLYMPIC when firemen and stokers, refused to cross until the lifeboats were adequate. The OLYMPIC had to anchor off The Isle of Man, the article says, and lower her boats, and test her equipment to their satisfaction- still 53 of the 300 men were charged with mutiny! I had never heard this story before.