FOUR THOUSAND LIVES LOST
THE INQUIRIES OF LORD MERSEY
BY ALASTAIR WALKER
A unique legal drama and an entirely new perspective on some of the most famous maritime disasters in history
Over a period of four years, four ships and 4,000 lives were lost under different circumstances—but one individual was linked to them all: John Charles Bigham, Lord Mersey, who was appointed to head the inquiries into each disaster. Mersey is often referred to in contemptuous terms as a “company man,” or a government stooge. Is this the whole truth? In themselves these stories are as dramatic as they come; everyone knows about the Titanic and the Lusitania, but the the loss of 104 lives aboard the Falaba when torpedoed by U28 in March 1915, is not so famous — and it really was the preamble to U.S. entry into the war. Did Mersey produce a whitewash for the government in the Lusitania investigation, talking of two or three submarines lying in wait for the Cunarder, telling the nation what it wanted to hear in contradiction of the evidence? Was he biased against Captain Lord of the Californian, the ship that failed to react to Titanic’s rockets? Did Mersey reflect in his findings that he was biased towards the government than finding the truth?
Illustrated. 200 pages. Softcover.