Frank 'Lucks' Towers
June 11, 2009 1:52pm CST
I am reading a book about the Titanic called "Her name, Titanic" by Charles Pellegrino and he mentions this man, who was a stoker by trade in the book and suggested he survived not only the Titanic sinking but the sinking of the Empress of Ireland (This ship sunk in the St. Lawrence River in 1914 - just prior to ww1 with a greater loss of lives than the Titanic) and he also survived the sinking of the Lusitania. I googled this fellow and guess what? he apparently is an urban legend! apparently he never existed! have you ever been fooled by something that was apparently real but in the end wasnt?
• United States
25 Jun 09
Yeah that's a good book. TITANIC got me interested in reading and that's one of the books about Titanic that I collected. In the back of the book it explains how there was reason to doubt his authenticity. But, according to the book, apparently some survivors had seen a stoker descending the bridge with Captain Smith and Andrews as Towers had claimed to have done. We may never know the truth. But, to answer your question, I have been fooled lots of times by such legends and tales but nothing quite as famous as this one.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Jun 09
There's a TV show on here at the moment discussing the conspiracy theory about the Titanic having been switched with the Olympic as part of an alleged Insurance Scam..much of the evidence apparently appears to be how little film evidence there was left from "Titanic"'s brief Life,and how,due to the stated 90+% similarity between the two ships,much of the souvenir memorabilia that arose following the disaster was based on pictures of "Olympic"... There was a brief Mention of a Guy Known as "Paddy the Pig" Who'd claimed to be a Surviving crewman from the Sinking..White Star records had nobody by his name on the crew Roster..
11 Jun 09
Well how interesting I wonder how this started up.Funny you should ask apparently in the next village of Nettlestead.this village was mentioned in the book Captain Hornblower,American visitors came to this particular village and looked for his grave,well my friend tried to say Captain Hornblower was made up ,just a story,but the American tourists would not beleave her,got very upset and went away,she said she felt sorry for them as they really beleaved Captain Hornblower was a real man and part of our history.They had travelled across the Atlantic to find a grave of a man that had never existed.