by Senan Molony
As Titanic sank into the freezing Atlantic, her 2,200 passengers and crew attempted desperately to avert the inevitable. Lifeboats were lowered, SOSs were sent and rockets were fired but many realized they would require a miracle to avoid their doom. What seemed to appear on the horizon was a ship that was coming ever closer, then stopping what looked to be several miles away. Agonizingly this vessel did not come to their rescue but gradually turned and moved away abandoning over 1,500 people to their fate. The search for the Mystery Ship began immediately and have been the subject of controversy for many years. In Britain and the US, Californian, a Leyland freighter/passenger vessel was accused of deserting Titanic in her hour of need. But was the Mystery Ship the Californian? This books explores the totality of evidence. With the discovery of Titanic’s wreck in 1985, there is additional crucial insight not available during official investigations seventy-three years earlier. Combining a penetrating argument with an extensive collection of archival photographs and material, this book aims to find clear answers to the many riddles of Titanic’s “Mystery Ship.” Softcover. 352 pages. Illustrations in black and white.