Steward Who Escaped With Broken Leg Sues the Line

The Sun (New York)

Steward Who Escaped With Broken Leg Sues the Line
LONDON, Jan. 16---Thomas Whiteley, one of the surviving stewards of the ill
fated steamship Titanic, has brought suit for damages against the White Star
Line, and the hearing of the case has been fixed provisionally for March 1.
Great interest has been aroused by the suit, as Whiteley will declare that
the Titanic was unseaworthy when she left England in April, 1912, on her
maiden voyage, which was cut short in the Atlantic with the loss of the
lives of over 1,500 persons. The plaintiff in the suit sustained a fracture
of the right leg in the disaster.

It will also be alleged in the suit that the steering of the Titanic was not
done properly. Whiteley has declared already that the lookout of the
steamship gave warning that icebergs were near, but the officers took no
notice of the information.

Allen Clement Edwards, a member of Parliament, will represent the steward in
the action. This is the first time that the allegation that the Titanic was
unseaworthy has been raised in the courts.

Related Biographies:

Thomas Arthur Whiteley


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