Murder on the Oceanic

Murder on the Oceanic

[a Mystery Featuring George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield]

Book - 2006
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When the Oceanic sets sail from England's Port of Southampton, its ultimate destination is New York. But it must make one very important stop first: at Cherbourg, in France, to pick up internationally renowned financier and art collector J. P. Morgan, fresh from a continental buying spree sure to have turned up numerous priceless objets d'art. Needless to say, George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, ship's detectives aboard the Oceanic, are slightly nervous about the presence of such an important passenger, not to mention his valuable cargo, among the passengers. For in their five years as detectives aboard the most elegant, regal sailing ships of their time, the two sleuths have never known a transatlantic voyage to pass without incident. Also on board are a recently engaged couple, a charming rake who seems set on breaking them apart as well as seducing Genevieve, a controversial painter of nudes traveling with his bohemian wife and his alluring French model, and a pair of cabin stewards who have exclusive access to the private lairs of all aboard. The latest shipboard tale from master of mystery Conrad Allen is certain to sail right into the hearts of the many fans of this delightful series.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312342852
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ALL


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May 06, 2016

22 April 2016 - I saw this ‘Murder on the OCEANIC’ book by Conrad Allen (published in Feb 2006) in my local Carp Library today, and was sufficiently intrigued to loan it for a while. I’m not normally attracted to Murder-Mystery Novels, but having an interest beyond this story, I found this book was quite interesting, but it didn’t get into the details of the ship to the depth I wanted in order to visualise the life of the crew on board. I tried to fit the sailing date of the story into the known facts of ship’s sailings, but have yet to find a factual basis. Not even J.P. Morgan’s publicised rips between USA and Europe were found to fit into this book’s timing. The Publisher’s Page does however treat everything as ‘Fiction’.
The reason for my interest in this book goes back to my grandfather John Williams (1863-1951) – his home was in Liverpool UK and he worked for the White Star Line – he was serving on RMS OCEANIC from about 1899 to 1906 running the Liverpool- Queenstown-New York route. My grandmother did not approve of his long absences from home while my father and his siblings were growing up. When the White Star Company wanted to transfer the OCEANIC base of operation from Liverpool to Southampton to capture some of the Cherbourg passenger business, my grandmother did not want to move south from Liverpool, so my grandfather transferred to the CELTIC as an Electrical Officer, which remained based in Liverpool, and sailed on her from about 1906 to 1910 running the same trans-Atlantic route between Liverpool-Queenstown-New York. Eventually the CELTIC was to undergo refit, and the crew were to be transferred to the new TITANIC which was to be based in Southampton – it was then that he resigned from the White Star Line and got a shore job as the Supervising Electrician at the Liverpool Poor House Electrical Plant where he remained until his retirement. Many of his associates were lost when the TITANIC sank. As my father was born in 1902, my grandfather’s potential demise on the TITANIC sinking, might not have necessarily affected my existence. My father became an industrial electrician, completing his Electrical Apprenticeship in Liverpool at the tail end of WW1, and reported working on the mine shattered ships coming in for repair – his supervisor was a surviving crew member of the LUSITANIA sinking - I served in the Royal Navy and eventually became a commercial Off-Shore Surveyor, Navigator, and Hydrographer, and emigrated to Canada to work on Hibernia, White Rose, Sable Island, PEI Hydro Cable Project, and many other marine projects.

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