Freemasonry and the Titanic

Since Perfect Points was launched to replace the research group in Chorley it has gone from strength to strength. Chairman of Perfect Points Gary Smith introduced a well attended gathering to Robin Wolfendale who was to present a talk on ‘Freemasonry and the Titanic’.

Adam Beswick (a Mason for only two weeks and already winning the whisky) with Gary Smith.

Adam Beswick (a Mason for only two weeks and already winning the whisky) with Gary Smith.

Robin who is a Freemason and a ship’s architect by trade explained that the Titanic was part of the White Star Line and as we all know it was on its maiden voyage to New York and was considered ‘unsinkable’! The Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and it is probable that many of those engaged in the building of the Titanic were Freemasons. It is considered that the materials used in its construction, especially the steel plates and rivets, most probably contributed to the ships demise.

There are a number of theories why the Titanic was such a disaster, amongst them being that the ship did not slow down when icebergs were sighted; the ‘water tight compartments’ did not completely seal and water could flow over the top of them; there had been a fire raging in one of the fire bunkers for about two weeks and there were not enough life boats on board. Robin’s presentation outlined many more interesting and intriguing theories.

Pictured from left to right, are; Stewart Seddon, Gary Smith, Robin Wolfendale and Chris Blackwell.

Pictured from left to right, are; Stewart Seddon, Gary Smith, Robin Wolfendale and Chris Blackwell.

The enquiry into the sinking may however, be a different matter. There was a significant number of Freemasons involved in the enquiry including the chairman of the enquiry, the president of the board of trade and at least two of the expert witnesses. The list goes on to include the chairman of Harland and Wolff, the builders of the Titanic.

The only person the enquiry heaped scorn on was the captain of the SS Californian, the ship that had stood by about eight miles off with its crew watching the emergency flares being fired by the Titanic without doing anything about it until it was too late.

Robin’s presentation was very informative, extremely entertaining and well received. Once the presentation had finished the group were served up a tasty two course supper of meat pie and vegetables followed by pudding for desert.

The Preston Masonic Study Circle will be presenting a fascinating biography of Professor Emeritus Vinicio Barocas PhD. Freemason, astronomer, Rotarian, academic and refugee; a former member of Stanley of Preston Lodge No 2600, Lodge of Peace and Unity No 314 and Holy Royal Architect Chapter No 314.

For further information contact Chris Blackwell on chriscgb@hotmail.co.uk.

Gary Smith thanked Robin for his presentation before going on to thank everyone for attending and reminding them to keep their eyes open for the next Perfect Points meeting.

An attentive audience.

An attentive audience.