Club’s first meeting of 2012

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ARBROATH Antiquary and History Club welcomed Don Clark as their first speaker of 2012 who talked about ‘The Riddle of the Titanic’.

This year marks 100 years since the disaster and a musical version of the story is currently on stage at the Webster Memorial Theatre.

The talk started with a description of the company White Star Line owned by J. P. Morgan that had the RMS Titanic and her sister ship RMS Olympic built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast.

The RMS Olympic commenced her maiden voyage on June 14, 1911, but a few months later on September 20, 1911, she was involved in a major collision with a Royal Navy cruiser when it smashed into the side of the ship. The Royal Navy vessel was freed of all blame.

In a book written by Robert Gardiner he asked some questions whether it was the Titanic or the Olympic that went down. Robert’s conspiracy theories stem from the fact the ship sailed with a fire in a coal bunker.

After the talk, Mary Reid went on to explain that Peter Duguid would give the next talk on St Kilda on February 25.

A cheque would also be given to Peter for the Maggie’s Centre and Mary gave a short talk about the centres, one of which is in Dundee.

She then continued as leader of the Arbroath Fairtrade Action to give a short talk on what the group have achieved and what they have planned for the Fairtrade Fortnight.

Mary added that she hopes that churches and schools will come on board so that the town’s application can be submitted.

The members then enjoyed Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits supplied by Mary.