Coward or fall guy - who was the real Bruce Ismay?


James Cameron's film Titanic introduced a new generation to the sequence of events leading up to the sinking of the Titanic and brought to life the key people on board and the roles they might have played once it became clear the ship was doomed.

The film portrayed the Titanic's owner Joseph Bruce Ismay as a coward for abandoning the ship while others perished.

Now descendants of Ismay, who have never been interviewed before, have spoken out to try to clear his name, 100 years after the disaster.

John Cheape and his son Malcolm live in Scotland and spoke exclusively to BBC Newsline's Sarah Travers.

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