Saving the Titanic

Saving The Titanic, aired in Germany as Die Helden der Titanic, is 2012 Irish-German television docudrama directed by Maurice Sweeney, and written by Colin Herber-Percy and Lyall Watson. Unlike most films and series depicting the ship's passengers and senior crew, Saving the Titanic dramatizes the engineers and the boiler room crew who kept the furnaces and generators running as the Titanic sank, facilitating the survival of others.

Saving the Titanic
Directed byMaurice Sweeney
Written byColin Herber-Percy
Lyall Watson
StarringLiam Cunningham
David Wilmot
Ciarán McMenamin
Music byLouis Febre
CinematographyStephen McNutt
Edited byBarry Zetlin
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Tile Films
Distributed byPBS
Release date
  • April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)
Running time
104 minutes

"Based on eyewitness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine men from the engineering crew who fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. The engineering crew consisted of fireman and stokers, who shoveled coal into the ship’s 29 boilers that powered its two massive steam engines, and engineers who made sure the engines and other mechanical equipment functioned smoothly. A memorial to commemorate their bravery was erected in Liverpool, England and unveiled in 1916." [1]


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