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Notes for programme 8: The steward’s story
Themes: The Titanic disaster; courage in desperate circumstances; remembering those involved in the disaster.
SONG: Come & Praise, no 48 – ‘Father hear the prayer we offer’ (whole song)
STORY: Walter Petch’s story by Rob John
REFLECTION: … today’s reflection includes listening to the memories of Titanic survivor, Eva Hart, talking about the sinking of the ship (from the BBC Sound Archive)
• What does the word ‘Titanic’ mean and what do you know about the ship of that name?
• Do you know in which part of United Kingdom the Titanic was built?
• Where was the Titanic heading on its maiden (first) voyage?
• Why did the Titanic sink?
Story synopsis: Walter Petch’s story by Rob John. Read by James Hasler
Walter Petch is delighted when he gets a job working as a Bedroom steward on the maiden voyage of Titanic. Despite the hardwork - serving all the rich people in the staterooms and first class cabins - he is looking forward to reaching New York where he intends to spend all his hard earned tips.
However, things take a turn for the worse, when the ‘unsinkable’ ship hits an iceberg and Walter’s focus turns to helping his passengers get off the boat safely - as well as escaping himself.
After the programme:
• What was Walter Petch’s job on the Titanic and what did it involve?
• Can you remember some of the things he had to fetch for the rich guests at any time of the day or night?
• What was Walter looking forward to in New York and why did he think he’d have money to spend?
• How did Walter survive the disaster?
• Why do you think there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers and crew?
• Find out as much as you can about the Titanic to create a fact file including such information as:
- Where she was built
- When she began her first voyage and where from
- The reason that she was thought to be unsinkable
- Where she was heading
- The number of people on board
- The different jobs there were on board
- How the accident happened
- How many survived
You could illustrate your fact-file with
diagrams and maps.
• Write your own fictional version of a Titanic survivor’s story, someone who has a different experience from Walter Petch; a passenger your own age. Write your version in three short sections:
- Part one – the excitement of hearing about and preparing for the voyage.
- Part two – life on board the huge and impressive ship.
- Part three – the disaster and your survival.
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