Was Winston Churchill to blame for Titanic?

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Feb 22, 2012
Author Robert Strange, an investigative journalist and former newspaper crime reporter, claims Britain's Second World War Prime Minister had a previously unrecognised, inglorious role in the loss of the vessel on her maiden voyage in 1912. As a newly-promoted government minister, Churchill had final responsibility for all marine safety when the Titanic was being planned, designed and built. Yet he failed in his duties as President of the Board of Trade to ensure that the ship was properly constructed and that her passengers were safe, the author claims. Strange says: "Churchill was fatally distracted from his vitally important safety duties by a combination of burning political ambition, wounded pride and the pursuit of his future wife Clementine. | thesun.co.uk


Jim Currie

Apr 16, 2008
Funchal. Madeira
This is very interesting.

Some of the information in that article are incorrect.

In fact, Winston Churchill was part of the Government well before Titanic. He was not President of The Board of Trade when the Olympic class vessels were being built. That honour lay with a man named Sidney Buxton

Winston Churchill was President of the Board of Trade from 1908 to 1910. Then he was Home Secretary from February 1910 until October, 1911.
Actually he was Home Secretary during the Seige of Sidney Street (see my book due out soon: 'Californian and the Golden Corpse').

In November 1911, he became First Lord of The Admiralty. Normally, that was also a title belonging to the President of The Board of Trade but as I have said, Buxton was in that job.

The Admiralty at the time of the Titanic was split. The civilian responsible to the Government was the the First Lord of the Admiralty (Winston). However, there were a number of Sea Lords.. naval men...who had the nuts and bolts of ships, sailors and all things marine. The Third Sea Lord would have direct association with merchant ship construction and safety.
However, it was The Board of Trade who appointed examiners and surveyors of merchant vessels not The Admiralty.

A quick perusal of Winston's speeches in Hansard for the year when he was First Sea Lord show that he was totally engrossed with British Royal naval power and how it matched-up with the ever-growing Kaiser's navy.

There is no obvious direct link between Winston and the Titanic except that perhaps some of the rules governing the building of the Olympic class ships might have come into force between 1908 and 1910. But as I say... very interesting!

Jim C.
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Mar 29, 2012
The American South
I just completed reading Martin Gilbert's nine hundred page biography of Churchill, which is the collapsed version of his eight volume biography of Sir Winston. Nothing at all is said about the Titanic and any possible link between Churchill and what happened in April 1912.


Mar 30, 2012
This is from the Sun, people! Murdoch's tabloid trash, never known to allow facts get in the way of a good story. A good story, of course, sells tabloids and subject matter must contain sex, scandal or sensation, the content which sells Murdoch's papers. The content is provided, in large part, by hacking into private telephones. (or was, until they were caught) Note that when the News of the Screws was terminated, it reappeared as "Sun on Sunday", with the same abyssmal standards.

When assimilating information, consider the source and judge accordingly. The Sun, and all of Murdoch's media empire, is entertainment, similar to a porn movie, you'd never expect hard news from a porn movie, why should you expect it from Murdoch?

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