Sir William Harris lecture, London

9 January, 2017 | 18:00 - 19:30

Sir William Harris lecture, London

About this event

Graham Anthony explains the background to many of the technical issues. He then shows how the design features of Titanic and her two sister ships prove what splendid engineering triumphs they were.

Titanic did not hit that iceberg by her own accord but by the failings of her captain and officers. The tragic loss of life was because regulations permitted 16 lifeboats to be taken off Titanic the day before she left Southampton.

These human failings were the reasons that Titanic has become the world's most famous maritime tragedy.

Graham Anthony's lectures entertain, challenge, and amuse. They are lavishly illustrated, and accompanied with music.

Sailing and the sea have been a life-long passion. Graham has a fascination for how individual events fit into the continuum of history, and describes himself as a story-teller. He lectures extensively on the cruise ships, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Thelma.

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Graham Anthony

Graham Anthony

Graham Anthony is a maritime historian with a fascination for how individual events fit into the great continuum of history. A regular contributor to maritime journals, he lectures to universities, yacht clubs, and cruise audiences and each year undertakes a sponsored lecture tour of the United States for the English Speaking Union.

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, when he worked with both Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 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.

His present 'boy-racer' is a Fairline SunFury, kept on the Mediterranean.

He lives in Cambridge with his wife Thelma.