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Titanic : Unveiling of a plaque on the home of Titanic officer Joseph Groves Boxhal
Posted by webmaster on 2006/8/7 14:53:00 (14715 reads)

Feature story: BBC Humber - Historic Highway

A report came in from Stuart H., BBC Humber that the unveiling of a plaque on the former home of Titanic officer Joseph Groves Boxhall happend today.

See transcript of this story below,

Historic highway

A ceremony has taken place to honour famous former residents of a Hull street.

Westbourne Avenue was home to novelist Dorothy L Sayers and the fourth officer on the Titanic; Joseph Boxhall.

Actor Ian Carmichael unveiled the plaque on Sayers former residence. Carmichael, who lived on the same street as a boy, portrayed the crime writer’s most famous creation Lord Peter Wimsey on television and radio.

Sayers lodged at number 80 from 1916-1917 while a teacher in Modern Languages at Hull High School for Girls.

Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey
The ceremony was attended by members of the Dorothy L Sayers Society.
The Chairman of the organisation, Christopher Dean, says that Sayers appeal as an author stretches beyond the crime genre
“She was a great storyteller, that comes out in all her work. She writes a very good story, not just a detective puzzle as it were, she has developed it far beyond there. There is a tremendous amount of characterisation and of course she shows a tremendous amount of social history in the novels”

Further down the road the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Trevor Larsen, did the honours at Joseph Boxhall’s home.

Mr Boxhall survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, when he was put in charge of one of the lifeboats.

When the liner hit the iceberg Boxhall was responsible for taking the ship’s final position and summoning help by firing off distress flares.

He still worked at sea until his retirement in 1940. Following his death in 1967, his ashes were scattered on the Atlantic Ocean over the site of the Titanic’s sinking.

The Lord Mayor of Hull unveils the plaque
The current owner, Diane Dubois, says that watching the Oscar winning film Titanic in the house is a strange experience.
“You’re watching Leonardo DiCaprio on your telly and you see the guy in the background firing off the distress flares and taking the co-ordinates and you’re thinking that guy used to live in this house, and it does give you an eerie feeling.”

The two green plaques join others dedicated to the Thomas brothers; who produced the Carry On and Doctor film comedies, and the one on Ian Carmichael’s boyhood home.

He has fond memories of living on the street. “It was a lovely area and it still is. The trees are glorious. I think it’s the best of the Avenues, the others don’t have the grass or the trees

BBC Humber - Historic Highway

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