White Star Line 1849 - 1934

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Michael L. Dudley is a Maritime Historian specializing in the complete history of the White Star Line, and companies related to its success.

Field Researcher, Maritime Exhibit Developer and Consultant.

Over 45 years experience in collecting, and 40 years researching White Star Line history. One of but a few who have traveled the world to conduct field research in order to obtain first hand information, and cross reference information gathered. The copied and pasted information found online, and conducted by “experts” from the comfort of their homes, is secondary information at best. It is mostly retold accounts from unreliable sources, and has produced the reams of inaccurate information about the Titanic and White Star Line prevalent today. The novice and those not really concerned with historical facts are their audience, those wanting facts are his.

Mechanical Engineering background and an extensive collection of period Marine Engineering, and Maritime books which aided in providing him with an in-depth understanding of the evolution, design, construction, and capabilities of ships.

Portions of the extensive White Star Line collection have been on display worldwide. The collection spans the entire history of the White Star Line from the early beginnings of Pilkington and Wilson Shipbrokers in 1845, through to Cunard’s acquisition of the White Star Line in 1934.

Ongoing projects include:

Advisor to several museums on ways to create dynamic and interesting layouts, and to better present narratives for displayed objects.

Consultant to numerous media outlets including API, museums and businesses seeking identification and authentication of artifacts/documents objects and artwork including the Perth Mint and the National Museums Liverpool.

Sourced for information regarding the White Star Line, Harland & Wolff, and related companies by businesses and individuals worldwide.

Most recent projects include:

Met with officials in Belfast, N. Ireland to discuss possible future collaborative projects.

Past activities include:

Produced articles for numerous publications including the Nomadic Preservation Society journal “Lone Star”, and the British Titanic Society publication “Atlantic Daily Bulletin”. Worked closely with Museums and Societies including the Peter Scott Gallery and Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society providing information, and identifying tiles and photos that were created for the Olympic and Titanic.

Contributor to James Cameron’s book "Exploring the Deep: The Titanic Expeditions" using data and images from the White Star Line Memorial Foundation Archives, and from past collaberation with the Peter Scott Gallery and Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society.

Provided images and information to Parks Stephenson regarding the Turkish Bath Tiles, and Swimming Bath areas for his article in THS Commutator No 203. Credited for surfacing material from Arabic Arts books and the Peter Scott Gallery and Pilkington's Lancastrian Pottery Society which were used for his CGI re-creations.

Past consultant to George Tulloch at the birth of RMST, Inc., then to Arnie Geller.