TITANIC AND TIES TO LONDON
London, England had close ties to the Titanic, from the homes and workplaces of her passengers to the offices of the White Star Line. Let’s take a look at a few of the London locations that are forever tied to Titanic.
Belgrave Square: Lord Pirrie, the chairman of Harland & Wolff shipbuilders, invited J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of White Star Line, to his home, Downshire House, for dinner one night in July 1907 and the two began planning their masterpieces: Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic.
Cockspur Street: At the other end of Titanic’s life span, the White Star Line offices on Cockspur Street attracted crowds of panicked relatives and friends in April 1912 after news of the disaster broke.
Trafalgar Square: Not too far away from Cockspur Street and just off of Trafalgar Square was the White Star Line’s headquarters, the Oceanic House. It was built in 1903 and can still be seen today.
Fleet Street: On the embankment of Fleet Street stands a memorial to first-class Titanic passenger William T. Stead, who was a famous journalist and peace activist. The inscription states: “This memorial to a journalist of wide renown was erected near the spot where he worked for more than thirty years by journalists of many lands in recognition of his brilliant gifts, fervent spirit & untiring devotion to the service of his fellow men”.
Cornhill: In 1912, Lloyd’s of London, who had the insurance policy on Titanic’s hull, was headquartered at the Royal Exchange.
Buckingham Gate, Westminster: At this location on May 2, 1912, The British Board of Trade began its inquiry into the Titanic disaster in the Wreck Commissioner’s Court at Royal Scottish Drill Hall.