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J. Bruce Ismay

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Is it time to forgive J Bruce Ismay, ‘the Coward of the Titanic’?

What would you have done? The ship is sinking. There’s a place in the last lifeboat, which has begun to be lowered. To remain on deck means certain death. Christ, had I been there, faced with the choice, without hesitation I’d have chucked a few extra women and babies into the drink, to ensure myself plenty of room. But then, I’d never have been, as J Bruce Ismay was, chairman and managing director of White Star Line, owner of RMS Titanic. By the unspoken rules of chivalry, Ismay was meant to have saluted smartly and stoically gone beneath the icy waves along with his doomed vessel.
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