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Synopsis: On the night of April 14th, as the Titanic began its descent into the mid-Atlantic, another ship sat only a few miles away. Its midnight watchman saw the distress rockets illuminate the blackness around the sinking ship, but his captain did nothing to help, choosing to remain below deck until morning. As the world mourned the loss of over 1,500 lives in the weeks following, one man set out to find the truth about why the SS Californian let so many people perish when the small steamer was in the best position to help. David Dyer, the author of the new novel The Midnight Watch, discusses the story of the Californian, his time as an officer on merchant ships, and his years working for the same law firm that defended the owners of the Titanic following her sinking. He also talks about the public’s misconceptions about the ship due to the popular 1997 film and how the tragedy helped shape the types of journalism we see today. This episode of COVERED is sponsored by: Nacht Sound Engineering: Streamline the process of delivering high-quality shows to your audience and focus on what you love. Feedpress: Blog and podcast analytics starting at $4 a month, podcast hosting starting at just $8 a month. Use promo code COVERED to get 10% off your first year. Duration: 48:56:00 Present: Harry C. Marks, David Dyer Episode Links Episode S2E9: David Dyer (mp3) Contact your hosts for show feedback Show your support and donate to our podcast The Guest Website Twitter Facebook page His Book The Midnight Watch from St. Martin’s Press Books and Authors Discussed In an effort to support independent bookstores over a certain monolithic website, all books (where possible) will be linked to the Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI. Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi Miscellaneous Kirkus review “Titanic disaster and the mystery of Captain Lord and the Californian” – The Australian, March 26, 2016 “The Midnight Watch review: A refreshing take on the Titanic story” – Sydney Morning Herald, March 18, 2016 Follow your host and the show on Twitter @HCMarks @COVERED_fm @HologramRadio for more podcasts to listen to! Subscribe to Covered! Get Covered on iTunes, or via RSS. Support the show! Become a patron! Please take a moment to rate our show in iTunes, even if it’s just a star rating. It really does make a difference in helping us reach a wider audience. Download: Episode S2E9: David Dyer

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