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Churchill Remembered on the Hillsdale College Cruise (3): Portland, 1914

Churchill Remembered on the Hillsdale College Cruise (3): Portland, 1914

The King’s Ships: “We may now pic­ture this great Fleet, with its flotil­las and cruis­ers, steam­ing slow­ly out of Port­land Har­bour, squadron by squadron, scores of gigan­tic cas­tles of steel wend­ing their way across the misty, shin­ing sea, like giants bowed in anx­ious thought. We may pic­ture them again as dark­ness fell, eigh­teen miles of war­ships run­ning at high speed and in absolute black­ness through the nar­row Straits, bear­ing with them into the broad waters of the North the safe­guard of con­sid­er­able affairs.”

 

Irish Sea to Portland: Churchill Connections, June 8th to 12th

The 2019 Hills­dale Col­lege Cruise around Britain offers a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to recall the Churchill saga by pass­ing or vis­it­ing key places.…

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Churchill Sank the Titanic?

Churchill Sank the Titanic?

Robert Strange, a British inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, in his book Who Sank The Titan­ic?, holds Churchill respon­si­ble for the cen­tu­ry-old dis­as­ter, The Sun reports. (This makes a nice book­end with the old charge that he also sank the Lusi­ta­nia.)

On 10 April 1912, the world’s largest pas­sen­ger ship set out on her maid­en voy­age from Southamp­ton, Cher­bourg and Queen­stown to New York. Four days lat­er, Titan­ic struck an ice­berg and sank in under three hours, killing 1514 peo­ple. Mr. Strange, who says he spent three years research­ing doc­u­ments in the Nation­al Archives, lev­els the chief blame on Churchill:

 As a new­ly-pro­mot­ed gov­ern­ment min­is­ter, Churchill had final respon­si­bil­i­ty for all marine safe­ty when the Titan­ic was being planned, designed and built [but was] fatal­ly dis­tract­ed by a com­bi­na­tion of burn­ing polit­i­cal ambi­tion, wound­ed pride and the pur­suit of his future wife Clemen­tine.…

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