OUR FIRST DAY IN SOUTHAMPTON
MAP OF VENUE
PICTURE OF HOTEL
OUR GROUP IN 2010, (l-r) IAN, MARIA, LUCY, CAROLE, GENEVIEVE AND JOHN AT THE PARK HOTEL
Lucy flew down on Wednesday from Elgin, Scotland by aeroplane just missing the shut-down caused by the volcano in Iceland...
Maria also arrived on the Wednesday from Torquay by bus.
Carole and Ian came down from Reading by car on Thursday lunchtime and John travelled down from London on the train arriving in the evening.
Lucy and Maria went to the evening lecture on the Thursday and met up with Genevieve who after the lecture came to the hotel to meet the rest of the group.
Carole and Ian decided to go to the Cowherds where they had an excellent meal.
We all met up in the reception area of the hotel to plan the weekend ahead.
THURSDAY EVENING LECTURE
Venue: Northguild Lecture Theatre, Southampton City Art Gallery, the Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Local historian John Avery looked at a few of the crew and passengers who sailed on the fateful voyage, the resulting hardship caused to families in Southampton and a couple of unsolved mysteries
Eighty people attended the lecture
SEE ALSO BOOKLET BY JOHN - THE CABLE SHIPS OF TURNCHAPEL
which centres on the MACKAY-BENNETT, the ship that went out to pick up the frozen bodies of the passengers of the TITANIC..
However, there were many other cable-laying ships at this time, some of which were based in Turnchapel, a cable ship base and boom defence yard, and others based in Plymouth and Southampton. Mr Avery told us of the development of these ships.
We all received a copy of the booklet as above, and further copies can be obtained by contacting john (at) avery7710.freeserve.co.uk (I have used "at" instead of "@" so Mr Avery does not receive spam. When you contact him, replace at with @)