Louise Patten: ‘Good As Gold’ Author

September 22, 2010

Meet Louise Patten who is the granddaughter of the Titanic’s 2nd officer Charles Lightoller and the author of ‘Good As Gold’. In her new book she makes claims that, if true, would forever change the way we think about the sinking of the legendary ship. Read more below.


There have been movies, documentaries, and countless books published about the R.M.S. Titanic, but despite all of this it seems that there is still a lot of mystery surrounding the historical steamship. Yet there is a new theory about what actually happened on April 14, 1912, which was revealed by a descendent of one of the passenger ships officers in her recently published book ‘Good As Gold’.

Louise Patten suggests that the tragedy would have never happened if it weren’t for a miscommunication between the ship’s officers. This is basically how she explains it – the liner hit the iceberg as a result of a steering blunder and it sank at an unusually fast rate because the captain gave the order to keep sailing, instead of waiting for the arrival of rescue vessels. She says that Robert Hitchins, the man who made the steering mistake turned left rather than right when he heard the “hard a-starboard” call.

The Huffington Post has a very informative article about the book and the possibly history changing revelation. Find it here.

Let’s take a quick glimpse into the life of the author.

As a biography, Louise Patten started out in 1977 working for a banking company before going on to work as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Before even hitting her forties she shattered the corporate glass ceiling and became a main board director of a FTSE 100 company. She has penned two books, with the other being ‘Bad Money’ (2009).

Here you will find pictures and more info about Louise Patten.

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Photos: www.wenn.com

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    dennis burns Says:

    louise patten has very few facts so far. she should chect with US Naval Institute Proceedings on the real and verifiable reason why the arrogant impregnable unsinkable titanich sank…no doubt her ancestry was in one of the half filled lifeboats which left innocent victims behind..dennis burs

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    Tom Says:

    To Loiuse? I would love to know you get your facts from, im very curious. You say that your directly related to a crew member? so am I.

    I would like to know

    Thank you

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    knee Says:

    She says she is granddaughter of second officer,Charles Lightoller.

    Does anyone know her age?
    I read she was 56 or 57, I cannot find the article now. But if that is indeed the case she was born a few years AFTER Lightoller died!
    And I understand how “stories in Grans lap” can be! My Gran loved to tell me tall stories to make my Grandpa seem even more beyond compare(he died the day I was born)!

    This woman has the most disgusting lack of historical knowledge!
    It seems like she could not be bothered to spend 5 minutes on the internet to check her so called facts!

    No matter what,no matter what….the time it took to turn such a sh*t brick house of an ocean liner even a few degrees took at least TWO miles!

    I’m pretty sure Pattens publisher should be put on suicide watch after this one!

    End/Historian with ocean liner fetish rant.
    Take my soapbox please!

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    Arjun Vadher Says:

    I couldn’t know her age please i want to know it.I think perhaps she is right.

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    Joan Says:

    Yes, of course the descendant of an officer would be trying to make sure the blame didn’t lie with the officers.. it was the captain’s fault, etc.

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    Sandy Says:

    The Titanic legacy will go on!

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    Sandy Says:

    …and on!

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    Miriam Says:

    Amen! Sandy

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    Miriam Says:

    I cried so much when I saw this movie

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    Bill Says:

    Having been Captain of five vessels with over 20 years at sea, and an RMS Titanic researcher and lecture for over 48 years, I find Louise Pattens assertions about Hitchens making a steering blunder beyond belief. He was an experienced helmsman and I am sure he did not panic. When the command, “hard a starbord” was ordered to the helmsman it meant just that, to “port around” the berg. That system originated with sailboat tillers where one pushes the tiller to starboard to go to port. That method for steering gears was changed around 1924 so that when the helm was turned to the right the ship turned to the right.
    Based on the British Inquiry, it seems to me that Second Officer Lightoller was most evasive to start with during questioning. I’ve also heard he was in his cabin having retired for the evening so how does he know what went on in the wheelhouse and how can we consider what has just surfaced in Louise Patten’s book after 98 years.

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