Pitch It Monday: A Titanic Amount of Unknown History

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Tomorrow is a historic day. It will be April 15th. Exactly one hundred and two years since the Titanic sank below the Atlantic Ocean . It’s no big secret around my friends and family that I am a huge fan of the Titanic. I even have a tattoo of my favorite quote from the movie. It isn’t just the movie I adore. I like whole shebang. The history and the stories and the myths? It’s an entire package deal for me.

So, it should come as absolutely no surprise that this week’s Pitch It Monday revolves around the tragedy. No, it doesn’t revolve around the sinking. It does, however, revolve around the little known and little exploited trials that plagued the White Star Line in the years following 1912. Many of the trials were technical hearings about the design and engineering aspects of the disaster. Other hearings were no doubt civil suits launched against not only the shipping line but also the owners who had survived the sinking, including one Bruce Ismay.

Bruce Ismay was the owner of the White Star Line among other major shipping lines. Following the sinking of the ship, he was essentially thrown under the bus by his peers and other members of society. In the U.S. Senate hearings that followed, Ismay was painted as a traitor who abandoned ship when the people around him needed him most. It was later revealed that Ismay had been the one who suggested limiting the lifeboats on the ship since, you know, the ship was supposedly unsinkable.

Obviously, that ended up being not true.

I have always wanted to write about the behind the scenes things that happened after everyone was rescued. Most people don’t know about the trials or that the U.S. Senate called for emergency hearings. While not much is known about them, research could reveal a whole slew of things most people don’t know and, of course, we remain absolutely transfixed on what happened that cold night. What better way to draw more attention to history than playing it out on the big screen? The inquiries, the drama, the emotional height it would take us on. It’s the perfect story to be told through either a movie or a mini series, stretched through multiple stages and angles. It would be similar in pace to something like JFK or other legal dramas like Runaway Jury. With shows like The Good Wife being popular right now, what better time to see it all lift off the ground?

Of course, I may be the only one who is interested in the story and that would be kind of sad. Granted, I don’t so much care about Bruce Ismay exclusively. Others might be interested, though, and that’s the multi – angle drama I’d love to see. It’s impactful and, it gives a historical even the proper attention it deserves, especially after all of the other stories we’ve heard about. It could be a film for students to watch when studying about it in school. I know I’d love to watch it.

What do you think? Is the post – Titanic story one you’d like to see on the big screen? Or would you rather watch it stretched out among multiple episodes of a miniseries? Sound off below!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Coming next week is an article that is total wish fulfillment.  I’ll give you a hint: it involves fedoras, Brendan Fraser and a lot of sand.

Shelby Arnold
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