Murder on the Oceanic

Murder on the Oceanic

Large Print - 2006
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When the Oceanic sets sail from England's port of Southampton, its ultimate destination is New York. But it must make one very important stop first at Cherbourg, France, to pick up renowned financier and art collector J. P. Morgan, fresh from a buying spree. The ship's detectives are nervous about the presence of this passenger and his valuable cargo - for they've never known a transatlantic voyage to pass without incident.Available only in Mystery 5.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2006
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786285167
0786285168
Branch Call Number: LPF ALL NVD
Characteristics: 400 p. (large print)

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edwilliams
May 06, 2016

22 April 2016 - I saw this ‘Murder on the OCEANIC’ book by Conrad Allen (published in Feb 2006) in my local Carp Library today, and was sufficiently intrigued to loan it for a while. I’m not normally attracted to Murder-Mystery Novels, but having an interest beyond this story, I found this book was quite interesting, but it didn’t get into the details of the ship to the depth I wanted in order to visualise the life of the crew on board. I tried to fit the sailing date of the story into the known facts of ship’s sailings, but have yet to find a factual basis. Not even J.P. Morgan’s publicised rips between USA and Europe were found to fit into this book’s timing. The Publisher’s Page does however treat everything as ‘Fiction’.
The reason for my interest in this book goes back to my grandfather John Williams (1863-1951) – his home was in Liverpool UK and he worked for the White Star Line – he was serving on RMS OCEANIC from about 1899 to 1906 running the Liverpool- Queenstown-New York route. My grandmother did not approve of his long absences from home while my father and his siblings were growing up. When the White Star Company wanted to transfer the OCEANIC base of operation from Liverpool to Southampton to capture some of the Cherbourg passenger business, my grandmother did not want to move south from Liverpool, so my grandfather transferred to the CELTIC as an Electrical Officer, which remained based in Liverpool, and sailed on her from about 1906 to 1910 running the same trans-Atlantic route between Liverpool-Queenstown-New York. Eventually the CELTIC was to undergo refit, and the crew were to be transferred to the new TITANIC which was to be based in Southampton – it was then that he resigned from the White Star Line and got a shore job as the Supervising Electrician at the Liverpool Poor House Electrical Plant where he remained until his retirement. Many of his associates were lost when the TITANIC sank. As my father was born in 1902, my grandfather’s potential demise on the TITANIC sinking, might not have necessarily affected my existence. My father became an industrial electrician, completing his Electrical Apprenticeship in Liverpool at the tail end of WW1, and reported working on the mine shattered ships coming in for repair – his supervisor was a surviving crew member of the LUSITANIA sinking - I served in the Royal Navy and eventually became a commercial Off-Shore Surveyor, Navigator, and Hydrographer, and emigrated to Canada to work on Hibernia, White Rose, Sable Island, PEI Hydro Cable Project, and many other marine projects.
Edward.l.williams100@gmail.com

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