Mount Temple “The Real Mystery Ship”
By Senan Molony
Scandal! There was a steamer within five miles of RMS Titanic as she sank according to witnesses including experienced crew who studied this light in the distance and hope of rescue. The officers told passengers that rescue would be coming and Captain Smith instructed Titanic’s lifeboats to row towards that steamer and return. The other ship did nothing.
There were many ships close by that night including ones not fitted with wireless but the most likely candidate, using circumstantial evidence available at the time was the Canadian Pacific liner, S. S. Mount Temple. The Leyland liner S.S. Californian has been blamed but was she really the mystery ship – the one that ignored the rockets sent up by Titanic‘s officers?
Seen and pursued by lifeboats showing how close salvation had been, the mystery ship had disappeared by daybreak. Why did the ship leave? How could she have not seen rockets fired? Why did she ignore wireless appeals and Morse lamp signaling? What, ultimately was her identity?
The scandal is the British Board of Trade was told in 1912 of serious allegations against the Mount Temple and her Captain, James Moore and failed to take any steps at all. This book uncovers the allegations, identity of claimants and the reasons why they should be taken seriously. A century since the sinking comes the trial of the Mount Temple.
Softcover, 150 Illustrations, 256 pages