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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Titanic Ancestors

On 15 April 1912, the White Star Line’s beautiful new ship Titanic sank on its maiden voyage to New York after hitting an iceberg. Only around 700 of its 2,200 passengers and crew survived, despite the bravery of its officers such as William McMaster Murdoch from Dalbeattie.

My latest feature for Discover My Past Scotland has tips for finding out more about your Scottish ancestors on the Titanic. The Encyclopedia Titanica is also a wonderful resource for information about the Titanic’s passengers and crew. 
You can also now search the passenger and crew lists here at the National Archives website and explore this image library showcase.
The Titanic, Frank C Bowen, Ships For All, 2nd edition, (Ward, Lock & Co. Ltd, c.1930).
Titanic’s sister ship the Olympic being launched at Belfast in 1910. Cassell’s Book of Knowledge, Vol. VII, (Waverley Book Co., c.1924). All images from the Nigel Wilkes collection.
Artist’s impression of an ocean liner braving the peril of icebergs. Cassell’s Book of Knowledge, Vol. IV, (Waverley Book Co., c.1924).

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