Talk:RMS Atlantic

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The disaster section states: "Every member of the crew survived, with a total survivor count of 390 people of the 952 aboard." The trivia section, however, claims that "as the bodies were recovered and prepared for burial, it was discovered that one of the crew members was actually a woman". The second part reads like typical Victorian newspaper blarney to me, but either way, something's fishy. 13:58, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. Growing up near the area where the Atlantic hit shore and being practically raised on stories of the disaster, I don't recall hearing or reading anything to suggest that the whole crew survived. Then again, an attempt may have been made at the time to distance the crew from the woman dressed up as a crew member, perhaps to underscore that not one woman or girl survived the wreck.

I cleared up the contradiction. Bob Chaulk and Greg Cochkanoff's recent book list seven crew members as confirmed dead with three missing. I also gave a source for the romantic woman dressed as man story.Letterofmarque (talk) 03:39, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

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The legacy section recently had a subsection added claiming millions in gold bullion that supposedly disappeared. I am extremely dubious about this claim and the cited source which does not include page numbers. This sounds like the maritime equivalent to an urban legend. Can anyone verify this or is there some better sourcing for the claim? -Ad Orientem (talk) 20:30, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

I have deleted this section. I have read a lot on the disaster and have never seen this claim repeated in any reliable source. It is far too sensational of a claim not to be widely repeated if there were any truth to it. The sole cited source is about a salvage tug from the mid twentieth century, long after the wreck of the Atlantic and no page number is given. If someone has a reliable source, feel free to re-add. -Ad Orientem (talk) 13:54, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Linking to the wrong John Speakman[edit]

Quartermaster John Speakman led a number of survivors ashore by swimming to nearby rocks, creating a link from the vessel to land.

The above is the caption of the photograph of the Quartermaster John Speakman. However his name is linked to a contemporary British biologist.

I don't feel confident enough to break the link myself so perhaps someone more experienced would do the honors.Cah1954 (talk) 14:20, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

 Good catch and thanks for the heads up. -Ad Orientem (talk) 16:02, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

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