The Man Who Sank Titanic: The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hichens

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Robert Hichens has gone down in history as the man who was given the famous order to steer the Titanic away from the iceberg and failed. Following this, his falling out with 'Unsinkable Molly Brown' over the actions of the lifeboats saw him branded a coward and his name indelibly tarnished. A key witness at both Us and British inquiries, Robert returned to a livelihood where fellow crewmen considered him jinxed. But Robert had a long career and was a hardworking, ambitious seaman. A fisherman at 19, he quickly became a junior officer in the merchant navy and in 1910 was part of a remarkable salvage operation to re-float a 13,000 tonne liner. In the Second World War he was part of a cargo ship convoy on route to Africa where his ship dodged mines, U-boats and enemy aircraft. To Robert, being at sea was everything but the dark memories of the Titanic were never far away and in 1933 a failed murder attempt after a bitter feud nearly cost Robert his life. Here Robert's great-granddaughter Sally Nilsson seeks to set the record straight and reveal the true character of the man her family knew. This is one man's story of survival, betrayal and determination.

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Sally Nilsson spent most of her career working in sales, including publishing, and exhibition management; she also once ran a fish and chip shop and now manages a taxi company in Surrey. She has a passion for sailing and was born and raised in Southampton where as a child she and her father would go out on the water in small boats; these days she mud larks on the Thames. Fascinated by her grandfather's story and its effecton their family history, she has turned her hand to writing and clearing his name.

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