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Did Freemasons play a part in Titanic cover-up?

By CRISTINA CRIDDLE ECHO reporter THE inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic may have been influenced by a secret society of Freemasons, evidence suggests.

An archive naming two million Freemasons has been made public for the first time and includes members of the Titanic inquiry.

The controversial investigation into the disaster was labelled a "whitewash" as only three first class passengers were interviewed and most of those involved were cleared.

The list, made public on website Ancestry, reveals not only the judge who oversaw the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry into the disaster, which saw 1,500 perish, leading investigators and some of those who escaped censure were all Freemasons.

It has been claimed the list could show interference in the inquiry to shield masons.

A USA inquiry blasted the Titanic's owner, the White Star Company, and Britain's Board of Trade for not having enough lifeboats on the ship.

But the British inquiry, led by freemason Lord Mersey, John Charles Bigham, failed to blame the Board of Trade.

The president of the Board of Trade, Sidney Buxton, was also a Freemason.

Lists show other members of Mersey's inquiry, architect Prof John Harvard Biles and engineer Edward Chaston.

Lord Pirrie, owner of the Belfast shipyards where the ship was built and who was a director at White Star's parent firm, may have been a member, but this is less certain. The inquiry was headed by the Board of Trade, who approved the Titanic, and some say it had little interest in finding itself or White Star had failed to take proper care.

It ruled Captain Edward Smith had done "only that which other skilled men would have done in the same position" and White Star nor parent firm, International Mercantile Marine Company, were found negligent.

Captain Smith went down with the Titanic and was cleared of wrongdoing.

The Freemason links now cast new light on the event.

Diane Clements, Library and Museum of Freemasonry director, said: "Records show the involvement which Freemasons have had in British society. As freemasonry approaches its 300th birthday in 2017, we're pleased to be able to provide access to details of past members."

Were Freemasons complicit in a Titanic cover-up? RECORDS CAST NEW LIGHT ON INQUIRY Titanic Captain Edward Smith, right, with Lord Pirrie. Inset: Lord Mersey, who led the inquiry

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2015
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