Jim Maloney is in charge of completing the electrics on the Titanic. He's actually an engineer but being a Catholic in West Belfast, working as an installer is the best job he can get. The work is falling behind schedule and he's offered free passage on the ship's maiden voyage, in steerage, for himself and his family if he can get the work completed on time. He accepts but finds a way to get a cabin in second class. John and Muriel Batley row after their tea with Lord and Lady Manton. After striking the iceberg, they reconcile and decide that their lives are worth fighting for. Jim is able to get his family onto one of the boats.- Written by garykmcd
The ship's architect Thomas Andrews is dismayed when his uncle,Lord Pirrie,Harland and Wolff chairman, and White Star president Ismay fail to respond to his view that there are insufficient lifeboats on board. He also gives steerage passage to Catholic engineer Jim Maloney in return for work done on the ship so that Jim can escape sectarian prejudice and take his wife Mayr and their four children to America. Following sea trials Captain Smith dismisses second officer Blair,who accidentally takes the key to the ship's binoculars with him. Following incidents of anarchy in the Balkans Ismay is wary of foreign workers,such as Italian stoker Mario Sandrini and his waiter brother Paolo,who is attracted to Annie Desmond whilst Jim befriends mysterious Latvian Peter Lubov. Muriel Batley once more berates her husband for condemning her to a boring life in England and his servility to Manton,letting slip that she knows Georgiana is not Louisa's daughter but the result of an illicit affair. When she upbraids the countess whilst waiting for the lifeboats she tells her that she knows this secret. After the ship hits the ice-berg Smith seems to break down and Lightoller takes charge of evacuation. Accepting that they may perish the Batleys reconcile,declaring their love for each other and determine to 'go down fighting.'- Written by don @ minifie-1
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