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In December 1917 the Great War had been raging since 1914 and many lives had been lost in combat on both sides. In the period coming up to Christmas that year, French soldiers were travelling back from fighting in Italy and attempting to go home. Travel was difficult in the Alps at the best of […]

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris Métro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

Ballantine Learns the Truth. It had taken Harker weeks of enquiries, bribes and threats, to find his quarry and his tireless work and diligence had finally paid off. Having confirmed a few weeks ago that Magda, or rather Maggie, was living with Mary James, Harker had started wondering about why she had moved from Blackmore’s […]

Rebellion. “Rebels! What rebels?” Blackmore was already stunned by the revelations made by Schott and now it seems he was in the midst of a rebellion. “This voyage is becoming more bizarre by the minute.” “We have to move, Captain. These rebels mean business.” “My immediate business, Herr Schott, is concern for the safety of […]

We’ve heard a lot about AI (Artificial Intelligence) in recent years and how it will change our lives. There are some who feel AI could lead to the destruction of the human race, like something out of Hollywood’s Terminator films. That, to my mind, is a little over the top, but AI, robots and automation […]

A Box of Tricks. For Maggie, life was hard enough being pregnant. But being a pregnant woman who is also an amnesiac, unmarried and living in someone else’s home was becoming intolerable. Not that she was ungrateful to Mary James for taking her in. She knew she had a true friend in Mary and that […]

Harker’s Search. “What do you mean you don’t know where she is? Don’t tell me you’ve lost her? How can you lose a person? You should have brought her to me at once, instead of playing this cat and mouse game… you… you…” Ballantine’s anger and agitation were palpable. Harker on the other hand stood […]

Storm Warning. The sinking of the Titanic had demonstrated to the world and the world’s sailors that the new invention of telegraphic communication was going to save many lives. What wasn’t known at the time was that communications between vessels in distress at sea were hap-hazard affairs, with more emphasis on pleasing passengers by sending […]

Crossing the Line. The Lady Jane was making good progress into the first month of her voyage and had left Brazil with the crew in high spirits, not something reflected in her captain’s demeanour. His was dour and not at all enjoying the voyage. Nothing could shake him from his funk and he had a […]