KCLEA Annual Lecture 2017

'Titanic, from engineering triumph to human tragedy - how a splendid ship was sunk by the obstinacy and perversity of man.’



Thursday 9 March 2017


18.30 - 20.30

Venue:                  JKTL Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), followed by a reception in the Council Room (K2.29), King’s Building, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS



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Our guest speaker for the evening is Graham Anthony (Civil Engineering, 1953). After leaving King’s, Graham served with the Royal Engineers in Berlin - where he developed his skills as a competitive helmsman sailing on the magnificent Havel lakes - and then travelled the world working for international manufacturing companies. In London, he was a founding director of the Engineering Council and was a member of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee. A qualified Yacht Master, with a lifelong passion for sailing and the sea, Graham has sailed around the British Isles, on the Baltic, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. He is a regular contributor to maritime journals, and regularly lectures to university, yacht clubs, and cruise audiences. 

Graham’s talk will discuss how the Titanic was a triumph of American finance and British engineering. He will explain the background to many of the Titanic’s technical issues and show how the design features of the Titanic and her two sister ships prove what splendid technical triumphs they were. He will reason that the Titanic did not hit the iceberg by her own accord but because of the failings of her captain and officers, and that the tragic loss of life was because regulations permitted 16 lifeboats to be taken off the Titanic the day before she left Southampton. These human failings are the reasons why the Titanic has become the world’s most famous maritime tragedy.