The Titanic Inquiry 4: Charles Lightoller

November 2023

We continue our dramatisation of witness testimony given at the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry into the Titanic disaster. Today we hear from Charles Lightoller, Titanic’s second officer and the most senior officer to survive the disaster. Lightoller is a fascinating character. By the age of 21 he had survived a shipwreck, a cyclone and a shipboard fire. Lightoller was a major focus for both the British and American inquiries. During the Wreck Commissioner’s Enquiry, Lightoller was called to the stand three times over the same number of days and was asked 2951 questions. His testimony is greatly detailed and provides numerous fascinating glimpses into the disaster and its aftermath.

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