Expert to give talk on Titanic for Chichester charity

A FORMER Royal Navy submariner and chief inspector of marine accidents is to share his unique perspective on the sinking of the Titanic to raise money for a Chichester charity.

Rear Admiral John Lang spent 36 years serving in both the Merchant and Royal Navies before becoming head of the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

He is holding the talk to raise money for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, of which he is a former chairman. He is also writing a book on the Titanic tragedy, which happened 100 years ago.

Unlike the original accident report which stated that the loss was due to a collision with an iceberg brought about by excessive speed, Mr Lang identifies a chain of events extending back over several years that caused the accident.

In an entertaining and fully illustrated talk, he identifies the single action that triggered the disaster, the three crucial causes and the many underlying reasons that contributed to the best known marine accident in history. Although none of the conclusions are, in themselves, very surprising they have never been presented in this way before.

The talk takes place at the Oxmarket Centre for Arts, off East Street in Chichester at 7pm on Thursday, March 8.

Tickets cost £12 (including refreshments) and are available from Julia Allison at the mariners’ society 01243 789329.