The big four of the White Star Fleet

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Belfast Titanic Society jointly hosted a presentation by maritime historian, Mark Chirnside at PRONI on 11 September 2017.

White Star Fleet

The White Star Line’s Celtic (1901), Cedric (1903), Baltic (1904) and Adriatic (1907), collectively known as the ‘Big Four’, together served for a 110 years. Together they carried around 1.5 million passengers on the Liverpool to New York and Southampton to New York routes during their time in service. Arguably the most successful series of ships the company ever produced,

Mark has written The ‘Olympic’ Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic (updated edition 2011); RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister (updated edition 2015); RMS Majestic: The ‘Magic Stick’ (2006); RMS Aquitania: The ‘Ship Beautiful’ (2008); Olympic, Titanic & Britannic: An Illustrated History of the ‘Olympic’ Class Ships (2012); and The ‘Big Four’ of the White Star Fleet: Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic (2016).  He co-authored The Sting of the Hawke: Collision in the Solent (2015) with Sam Halpern and contributed to Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic (2011), among other projects.

He has served as a consultant to television documentaries such as Titanic: The Missing Link (2012).  Recently, he lectured at the ‘100 Years Kea Shipwrecks’ conference on Kea Island, Greece, which commemorated the centennial of the losses of Burdigala and Titanic’s sister ship Britannic.  He is a graduate in History and Politics from the University of Leicester.

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