Don't let a good name sink
Sir -- Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, was fortunate to get away from Titanic in a lifeboat, but was subsequently portrayed in the American press as the shipowner who survived while hundreds of women and children died.
In his letter (Sunday Independent, August 21, 2011) Frank McGurk argues that ever since that night, Ismay has been unfairly treated by the media.
I concur with the writer's view that Ismay was most likely in a state of shock while on board the rescue vessel Carpathia. Indeed it is quite probable that he had already cracked under the strain of that night's events before stepping into the lifeboat that saved him.