White Star, Blue Iceberg: Jersey Sea Stories

Would you like to hear an exclusive extract from my next Jersey book, which is being published by Seaflower in 2019? I am speaking at Jersey Library’s Local History Fayre on Saturday January 26th at 10.30am, where I will be reprising my talk from the Festival of Words. The talk is free to attend and details are below.


White Star, Blue Iceberg – Jersey Sea Stories by Paul Darroch

The story of Jersey is shaped by its encircling sea. Paul Darroch, author of Jersey: The Hidden Histories, will be bringing our compelling maritime history to life in an exclusive reading from his forthcoming book.

Jersey mariners have occupied a ring-side seat at some of the defining events of maritime history; captaining the Cutty Sark, commanding the clash of arms at Jutland; and entering the bridge of RMS Titanic at the fatal moment of impact on April 14, 1912. In this talk, Paul will recount the experiences of two Jersey survivors of the Titanic disaster – the wealthy Lady travelling in first-class luxury, and the Quartermaster from St Ouen who saw the blue iceberg with his own eyes.

This is a dramatic episode in the story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the stories of the Jersey seafarers who made it.