Steve Hall

  Steve Hall is a Titanic historian, author, researcher and adventure novelist. He is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the technical aspects of the ships construction, design and general working arrangements.

  He is an Honorary member of the British Titanic Society and a foundation member of the Titanic & Steamship Historical Society of Australia. In 1998 he was made a trustee of the Titanic Research & Modeling Association.

  Steve Hall and Bruce Beveridge have authored / co-authored eight books on Titanic; ‘the most writings by a co-author team in the Titanic field to date’. They have appeared / contributed to numerous TV documentaries including Rebuilding Titanic (Nat./Geo.), Titanic The Mission (UK Channel 4), Was The Titanic Sank? (Mentorn) and Save The Titanic (Nat./Geo.).

  In Oct. 2012, he was appointed as a Design Consultant and project Historian to the Titanic II project; working alongside Deltamarin Ltd (Finnish-based naval architecture and engineering firm), CSC Jinling shipyard (China) and Loyd’s Register, to review key design and comparative analysis relevant for the new ship.

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  Current projects: Advising Minicraft on the development of their new 1/350 RMS Olympic kit. Book, Titanic In 100 Objects. Historical advisor and documentarian for the full 1:1 Titanic Rebuild in Sichuan Province, Chengdu, China.

  Titanic The Ship Magnificent. It is Titanic’s close association with her older sister Olympic that brought about the title of this book. Maritime historians will immediately recognize “The Ship Magnificent” as the advertising phrase used for Olympic in White Star Line brochures later in her career. Such catch phrases were created for some of the other great liners as well. Because Titanic’s career was cut short on the morning of April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage, she never had the opportunity to carry such a phrase of distinction. Given the fact that these two ships were near-identical twins, Olympic’s catch phrase has been used as the title for this book.

Titanic The Ship Magnificent: Vol. 1

Titanic The Ship Magnificent Vo. 1
Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall, Daniel Klistorner & Art Braunschweiger.

Titanic The Ship Magnificent: Vol. 2

Titanic The Ship Magnificent Vol. 2
Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall, Daniel Klistorner & Art Braunschweiger.

  Titanic - The Ship Magnificent is a comprehensive book about all aspects of the actual ship itself. It does not delve into accounts of her passengers, nor does it detail the ship’s sinking. Many books have done that well, and in great detail. Since the day Titanic passed into history, people have been writing books about the circumstances surrounding the loss of this great ship. And yet, little has been written about the ship herself - the design, the structural details, interiors, fittings and engineering of what is arguably the most famous ship ever built. While it is true that certain technical journals at the time - most notably The Shipbuilder, The Engineer and Engineering featured articles on Titanic, they only covered the major technical aspects of the ship in detail.

  While Even the dedicated historian is hard-pressed to find anything containing more than a cursory description of the details of Titanic’s design, appearance and fittings, or how she was constructed. For those interested in Titanic’s interiors, little information is detailed in period sources beyond descriptions of the grandest of her public rooms and deluxe staterooms. Titanic - The Ship Magnificent covers every area of Titanic, from her structural members to her luxurious appointments, all organized by subject matter across 37 individual chapters.

  Vol. 1 of the book covers the details of her construction, fittings and specific areas by subject matter, beginning with her construction. Vol. 2 covers the layout of the ship deck-by-deck. While the book can readily be read cover-to-cover, a reader with a specific interest may also skip a chapter or chapters, going directly to a subject of interest. A comprehensive index will readily guide the reader to a detailed explanation of a term or subject that may be referenced elsewhere in the text, or to assist the reader in returning to a subject later. Featuring over 1,550 drawings, plans, builder’s photographs and other images illustrate the text.

  While much of the information presented in the book is, by necessity, technical in nature, the authors and editor have gone to great lengths to provide clear explanations to the layperson without reducing the information in scope or detail. A glossary of nearly 1,000 items is also included to assist the reader with an unfamiliar term that may be encountered. Whether you have a general interest in Titanic or are researching a specific area in detail, Titanic- The Ship Magnificent will reveal Titanic to you as you’ve never seen before. This book will have equal appeal to Titanic fans, maritime historians, collectors, shipbuilders, engineers, and researchers. Much of the information presented will also be of value to those interested in other ocean liners of the period. For libraries, the book is an outstanding addition to the Reference section.

  Report Into The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal. What began as a collaborative undertaking by a group of researchers from all parts of the world in 2010 has culminated into this book. The book is the result of many years spent researching, evaluating and analyzing the wealth of evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912.

Report Into The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal

The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal
S. Halpern, C. Akers-Jordan, G. Behe, B. Beveridge, M. Chirnside, T. Fitch, D. Gittins. S. Hall,
L. J. Mitcham, C. Weeks, B. Wormstedt.
Foreword J. Kent Layton. The History Press.

  No individual historian can possibly be an expert on every aspect of his chosen topic, and - as a result - historical errors have a way of creeping into written histories covering most historical subjects. This has been especially true in the case of the Titanic disaster - a subject that has seen a century's worth of historical errors, misconceptions and outright deceptions gradually become an accepted part of the historical record. Indeed, such errors first began making their appearance during the official Titanic inquiries in 1912, when the vast body of testimony - and a lack of sufficient time to digest or analyze that testimony - resulted in a number of erroneous conclusions being made.

  The present book is a radical departure from that early tradition, since it has been written by a coalition of experts who have spent many years digesting the original inquiry testimony as well as evaluating a bounty of additional evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912. Each of the book's co-authors is a recognized specialist in their chosen area of study, and each chapter has been exhaustively researched, analyzed and referenced utilizing the very best evidence that is currently available. The book describes and quantifies the sinking of Titanic as it actually happened, and it authoritatively disproves a number of long-standing myths about the disaster that have taken root over the past ten decades; surprisingly, though, the book also demonstrates that a number of so-called "legends" about the disaster are actually based in solid historical fact.

  The book is extensively referenced with 830 separate endnotes, contains 127 photos and illustrations, as well as numerous tables. The 10 appendices contain a wealth of information including the name of every crewmember by department who was on board by passenger class. Listen to an interview with Sam Halpern on New Zealand radio. Book lecture by Sam Halpern. Website.

  Titanic In Photographs brings together many little-known and unpublished photographs. This hardcover, coffee-table size book focus's principally on Titanic’s photographic record; comprehensive accompanying text for each individual image and colour section. Through a chronological sequence, the book follows the ships construction, launch, outfitting, trials and departure from Queenstown. The book is 10in x 10in in size (25cm x 25cm), hardcover, and totals 176 ages (including a 16 page colour section) using 298 black-an-white photographs, some printed across two pages. The authors have source'd original prints or scans from original glass-plate negatives for many of the images, which means that many appear in this book  in a higher resolution than had ever been seen in print; some have never been seen before.

Titanic In Photographs

Titanic In Photographs
Daniel Klistorner, Steve Hall, Bruce Beveridge, Art Braunschweiger
& Scott Andrews.
Foreword by Ken Marschall. The History Press.

  Extract from books Introduction: "Images have the power to captivate us, to thrill us and to freeze a moment in time and, on occasion, allow us to experience it as if we were there. There is an image of Titanic on her sea trials: a thick wreath of smoke is seen emanating from one of her tugs, blowing across Titanic’s stern as the tug strains to lead the leviathan into the open waters of Belfast Lough. Little imagination is required to feel the pride and anticipation of the day as ship and crew head out to put the largest and newest passenger liner through her paces.

  Titanic continues to generate interest and no other ship in history has ever commanded such attention. Yet comparatively few photos were ever taken of her and today all we have is a partial record of black and white photographs taken by a few individuals lucky enough to have captured images of the ship that would later become so famous.

  We owe much of our knowledge of Titanic’s construction to the visual record compiled by a small group of photographers operating at Harland & Wolff. Foremost among these is Robert John Welch, the official Harland & Wolff photographer at the time. His initials can be seen on many glass-plate photographs of Titanic. Welch often had James Glass working alongside him, and some photographs were taken by Glass himself. Other photographers working around Harland & Wolff at the time were William Alfred Green and brothers Alex and David Hogg."

 The Titanic And Olympic Switch Theory

Olympic Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy

Titanic Olympic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy
Steve Hall & Bruce Beveridge.

  Olympic Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy. This book explores’ the Titanic / Olympic switch theory; that being Titanic’s elder sister ship, Olympic struck the iceberg in April 1912 and sank, not Titanic. The theory holds that severe, crippling damage to the Olympic caused by her collision with the Hawke was concealed because she was too costly to repair and the White Star Line, judged responsible for the collision, could not recover the cost of the repairs and lost time (estimated to be £250,000) that was not covered by insurance. Therefore, the Olympic was “switched” with her new sister, the Titanic, and deliberately sunk AS the Titanic, for whom insurance claims would be paid.

  Over the course of time, theory and fact have a way of becoming intertwined. It is the intent of this book to examine this switch theory and some of the mysteries surrounding the Titanic and her sister, the Olympic. The ship today laying more than 12,000 feet below the icy waters of the North Atlantic is nothing more than a crumpled and dismembered steel hulk. This book does not support the theory; it provides evidence against it !

Titanic Or Olympic

Titanic Or Olympic: Which Ship Sank ?
Steve Hall, Bruce Beveridge & Art Braunschweiger.

  Titanic Or Olympic: Which Ship Sank ?. This is a reworked book derived from the original 2004 book, Olympic Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy. The book has addition text and images and significant updates from that of the original publication; also features a colour section with photographs from the White Star Memories collection. Once again the book looks at the switch theory from both sides. This book takes a critical look at the theory and goes into amazing detail identifying the hundreds of minor subtle differences between the two ships. This book is also available as an E-book and can be purchased and download from several locations.

Titanic Books For The Younger Reader

Titanic 101. The Great Infographic History

Titanic 101. The Great Infographic History
Author Steve Hall - Illustrated by Katie Beard.

  Titanic 101: The Great Infographic History. Description: How many rivets did it take to built the Titanic ? How many millionaires were on board, and how many enjoyed their own private bathrooms ? How many women, men, children and dogs survived the sinking compared to how many embarked? Learn all this and far, far more in this quirky, captivating book; it is perfect for anyone who wants to know something about Titanic without getting bogged down in lengthy analyze. Stats and facts are innovatively designed with cutting-edge inforgraphics to display information in the most engaging way possible.

  "But the story of this magnificent ship isn’t just necessarily about how many rivets were used in the construction nor how many propellers drove the ship across the Atlantic. It is about those that built the ship, the crew and passengers that sailed on her and the rich tapestry of liner travel during the height of the Edwardian era. Those on board were representative of the many different classes travelling beyond Queenstown to New York. For most travelling third class, their decision to immigrate was principally driven by the desire to obtain financial security, the abundant work opportunities available and, of course, the hopefulness of a better life.

RMS Titanic Colouring Book

RMS Titanic Colouring Book
Steve Hall & Bruce Beveridge. Drawings by Lucy Hester.

  RMS Titanic Colouring book. The story of RMS Titanic resonates all around the world, the vessel immortalised on stage, screen and in print. This collection of drawings does not dwell on the tragedy that befell this magnificent ship, but rather seeks to showcase her great beauty, representing the pinnacle of a grand era of style and innovation, with Steve Hall and Bruce Beveridge providing insight and commentary. Colouring these scenes of Titanic’s hope-filled early days at sea, sumptuous interiors and grand promenades will breathe life into a bygone age of luxury, opulence and transatlantic adventure.

Titanic: Her Journey.

Titanic Her Journey App.
Historical / Consultant Author's: Steve Hall
& Bruce Beveridge. The History Press.

  Titanic: Her Journey collates the knowledge of the knowledge of the world’s foremost Titanic experts in the most interactive way to date. From her construction in the docks of Belfast to the stories of those on board, Titanic: Her Journey details every aspect of the ship’s legacy. Features include: Detailed deck plans that can be expanded and explored, Rare archive footage, archive photographs of construction, launch and the interior.

  Narrated survivor accounts and historical detail. Information on the ship’s crossing, the disaster and the aftermath of the tragedy, biographies of the ship’s key figures, a sinking timeline and survivor accounts that vividly retell what happened as the ship sank and a unique insights into the build and design of the vessel. View preview here.

  TTSM LE. A 2012 Special Limited-Release Edition of this two-volume set, bound in leather and in its own slipcase, each set will have a numbered bookplate signed by all five authors. Only 250 copies will be printed and are certain to become collector’s items.

  For those who want the finest copy available of this iconic book, the leatherbound special edition is a must-have item. The Limited Edition features: Bookplates individually numbered and hand-signed by all five authors, genuine leather bindings and a black slipcase with gold letters, gilt-edged pages, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and black endpapers with 1200 pages and over 1,500 plans, photographs, plans and other images. Note: All these Limited Edition sets have been sold; occasionally they come up for sale on Ebay.

Limited Edition

TTSM Limited Edition
Released to cmmemorate the
2012 100th centenary.

 Titanic Rebuild / Sichuan Province, Chengdu, China

  Titanic Replica Bruce Beveridge (Design Supervisor), Curtis Schnell (Interior Reproduction Coordinator), Daniel Klistorner (Interior Design Consultant / Fitting Out) and Steve Hall (Technical Advisor / Documentarian). The ship will be the centre piece of their Romandisea Theme Park. The Park and Resort is the concept of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group and the Daying Yongle Lake Investment Development Co. Construction will be a full 1:1 rebuild of the original ship and be 882 ft. 9 in overall length and a width of 92 ft. 6 in.

Construction will be a full 1:1 rebuild of the original ship.

Construction will be a full 1:1 rebuild

  Over the decades there have been many proposals to rebuild Titanic. But on December 1, 2014 the Chinese Seven Star Energy Investment Group held a global press conference in Hong Kong announcing their intention to rebuild Titanic.

  The location of the actual construction will be in a specially built dry dock on the bank of the Daying Qi River. This river, which runs through the property, will be widened by the use of a damn being constructed a short distance away from the main entrance to the theme park.

  Once finished, water will be allowed to flood the dry-dock from the river alongside. Titanic 2 will than float and be permanently moored along the retaining wall constructed specifically for the ship.

  Passenger areas to be recreated will include the grandeur of the ships grand staircase, the 1st class dining saloon, B deck parlor suites, 2nd class and 3rd class cabins as well as the Turkish Bath and gymnasium, among many other well-known areas of Titanic. Also featured will be recreations of the Titanic’s Wheelhouse, Navigation Bridge, Chart Room, an officer’s cabin, the Marconi wireless room. Titanic’s reciprocating Engine Room and the No. 1 Boiler Room will be faithfully recreated in a museum type setting.

Bruce Beveridge, Ivan Li and Matthew Xu

July 2017 - Port Bow

June 2017

May 2017

  The rebuild will be a faithful reproduction of the original ship constructed for the White Star Line by the Harland & Wolff in Belfast. he very lowest decks will include a theater for entertainment as on modern cruise ships. Also included will be an interactive high-tech video simulation experience where the visitors can actually steer Titanic out of the port of Southampton, reliving her maiden voyage. The construction has been made possible by Chinese and American professionals from related industries under consultation by world renowned Titanic historian's.
  Titanic in Photographs - The Exhibition. Have you ever looked at a photograph and wished you could bring it to life, or closed your eyes and imagined what it would be like to be there? So much of what has been written about Titanic focuses on the tragedy and the sinking. However, I was fascinated by the life of the ship; what was it like to be on board, to walk her decks, experience the luxury of 1st class, or be among the 3rd class passengers and the mixed emotions of leaving a life behind and embarking on a voyage for a new beginning.

The Exhibition Is Based On The Book
Titanic In Photographs

  Who hasn’t stared at the photos for hours, imagining they could hold the hand-rail as they descended the Grand Staircase and look up at the gilt & crystal chandeliers. In the Café Parisien or the Verandah Café, perhaps order a coffee; a waiter would bring it to the table, pouring from a silver pot. In the Dining Room, seated at a table, set for dinner with the distinctive White Star Line china, beautiful silverware and sparkling crystal glassware.

  Our fascination with the story of Titanic, whatever the perspective that appeals to each individual, drives some of us to collect artifacts and memorabilia, thus preserving the memory of a bygone era and providing a glimpse into what it was like to travel at the time. White Star Memories have done just that and after decades of painstaking work, have amassed one of the world’s finest Titanic & White Star Line collections.

  By combining the black & white photographs that I have yearned to bring to life and White Star Memories’ stunning archive of paneling, furniture, crockery and silverware, now you can step back in time and experience the ship coming to life before your very eyes. Admire the sheer beauty of a cut crystal chandelier that once hung in the 1st class

Exhibition Currrently On The Queen Mary
Finishes July 7th, 2018.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

Grand Staircase, a luxurious chair from the à la carte restaurant, plus so much more. Of course, there are more poignant artifacts, which bring home the depth of the tragedy, which had a profound effect on countless lives. The ‘Titanic in Photographs’ exhibition means you no longer need to close your eyes to imagine what it would be like to be there. White Star Memories have masterfully captured the experience of being drawn into a photograph, perhaps even one that we’ve seen many times before, but now we can see it anew, as it comes to life through the artifacts that they have lovingly preserved for future generations to study and enjoy.

100 Years of Errors, Misconceptions & Deceptions

  100 Years of Errors, Misconceptions & Deceptions / Setting the Record Straight. "No other marine disaster has caught the attention or held such interest for so many years as Titanic. All the elements are there. The largest ship in the world sets sail on her maiden voyage with a compliment of some of the most rich and famous on board. Popularized as being practically unsinkable, she carries enough lifeboats for just a fraction of the number of people carried. Each day her speed is increased as she heads across the Atlantic with a display of presumed arrogance. Despite warning after warning of fields of floating ice and icebergs that lay ahead, she continues on as she reaches her highest speed yet on the night of 14 April 1912. Then, on that dark, moonless, starlit night, on a sea as flat as a sheet of glass, Titanic strikes an iceberg and disappears beneath the Atlantic in just two hours and 40 minutes.

  For one hundred years, people have read books and articles, looked at photographs, watched films, listened to audio recordings, watched numerous documentaries, visited websites, and participated in a number of on-line forums dealing with this great disaster. Through the power of the internet, a wealth of primary source evidence is now available at the click of a mouse. Yet, despite all that there is, we still find that some of the same old myths and erroneous conclusions that came out of the disaster as early as 1912 continue to be cited in books, on websites, in articles and in reenactments shown in the media.

  In this paper we will briefly explore some of the errors and misconceptions that have worked their way into the historical record, and some of the falsehoods that have been thrown upon a public seeking to find reason and purpose for everything."

Sam Halpern & Steve Hall
Titanic: Fire & Ice

  Titanic: Fire & Ice. Intro axtract: “In January 2017, British television aired a programme entitled Titanic: The New Evidence; which later aired in America under the same title. It sparked a media frenzy around the world. During the programme, it was postulated that new photographic evidence had recently come to light proving that Titanic suffered severe hull damage from a coal bunker fire, and that the damage could be seen from outside the ship on the day she left for her trials, 2 April. The show made some astonishing claims regarding the effects that a fire in a coal bunker had on the maiden voyage, a dangerous gamble by management and officers to send the ship to sea despite the fire, a shortage of coal that proved fatal once the fire had taken hold, cost-cutting and the substitution of less-than-best-quality materials in construction of Olympic and Titanic, and attempts at a coverup of the whole sordid affair.

  However convincing the programme’s contents were, and however widely these claims were subsequently spread by the press, this article will show that there were significant historical errors in the theories presented in the programme and later press articles. It will help to set the record straight regarding the coal bunker fire that Titanic suffered, and what effect it may have had, if any, on the outcome of the maiden voyage.

  Facts are boring. People will often read the newest book on the subject only because they hear about its popularity in the press; badly bolted together documentaries can present limited facts, outright inaccuracies, or skewed perceptions. However, once the book is finished or the programme finishes airing, it is these ‘facts’ that are set in the minds of the audience. It is very hard to go back and convince them that the book or documentary they enjoyed so much was actually full of bad data." Read full article here.

Bruce Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Ioannis Georgiou, Steve Hall, J. Kent Layton & Bill Wormstedt. Edited by: Cathy Akers-Jordan.

Titanic: Fire & Ice

  Time & Again - Titanic's Final Hours (Release: July 2018).

Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Ioannis Georgiou, Steve Hall, Sam Halpern, J. Kent Layton & Bill Wormstedt. Edited by: Cathy Akers-Jordan.