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Dalbeattie, Titanic Memorial

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:31 am    Post subject: Dalbeattie, Titanic Memorial Reply with quote

This memorial is on the outside wall of Dalbeattie Town Hall and is to Lieut William McMaster Murdoch RNR who was the first officer on the Titanic. Even under the flexible definition we apply to war memorials, I don't think that RNR is enough to make this one count. Difficult to read grey metal on grey granite, I hope someone gives it a clean before the centenary next year.

For anyone interested in the Titanic, I have also come across memorials in Dock Park, Dumfries, a primary school in Dumfries and a park in Southampton.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a co-incidence you posting a Titanic memorial.

I came across a gravestone in Stirling recently to a William Young Moyes, Senior 6th Engineer, R.M.S. Titanic.

His brother Alexander Barclay Moyes was killed in France in 1918.

Anne
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also a Titanic memorial next to Belfast City hall. It was under the Belfast Wheel when I was there a couple of years ago.

Dalbeattie folk are very proud of First Officer Murdoch and there is a prize in his name at the local High School. When the Hollywood film 'Titanic' came out a few years ago the film makers chose to portray him as a maniac instead of the dutiful and heroic officer he really was.

Scots were rightly up in arms about the film makers taking a real life person and portraying him so badly.

In the end film executives came to the town to apologised and increased the amount of the school prize.

I have never watched the film because of this injustice.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Och Adam - you'd probably enjoy it even although there's no doubt an abundance of 'poetic/dramatic/historic' licence.

Braveheart is the same obviously - totally and absolutely innacurate, but personally, I don't care and have watched it umpteen times having a wee greet each time!

Anne Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps you are right Anne, maybe I should watch it and then get on my soap box.

(I watched Braveheart in Edinburgh and there were many guffaws in the audience when it showed Edinburgh Castle in a field. And how can you have the Battle of Stirling Bridge without a bridge?)

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