Daniel Allen Butler

Historian and Titanic author Daniel Allen Butler shown at a book signing in the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Historian and Titanic author Daniel Allen Butler shown at a book signing in the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, the author (through September 2011) of nine books. Some of his previous works include “Unsinkable”–the Full Story of RMS Titanic; Distant Victory-the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War; The Age of Cunard-A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003; The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost; The Burden of Guilt: How Germany Shattered the Last Days of Peace, Summer 1914; and Shadow of the Sultan’s Realm: the Destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.

Dan Butler

Dan Butler at the gala event to announce the construction of Titanic II

Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. He is an internationally-recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker, having given presentations at the National Archives in Washington DC, the Mariners Museum, and in the United Kingdom. He has also been frequently included in the on-board enrichment series of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, as well as the ships of the Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines. Butler is currently at work on three new projects: The Field Marshal, a biography of Erwin Rommel; The Last Field of Glory: Waterloo, 1815, a history of the Hundred Days; and “…Of All Things to be Won”–the story of the Declaration of Arbroath. A self-proclaimed “semi-professional beach bum,”

Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between wandering long stretches of warm, sandy beaches, his love of woodworking, his passion for British sports cars, and his fascination with building model ships. After living and working in Los Angeles, California, for several years, Butler has recently relocated–permanently, he hopes!–to Atlantic Beach, Florida, where the beaches are better.

Is the Wallace Hartley Violin a Fraud?

Dan Butler has written a comprehensive evaluation of the authenticity of the Wallace Hartley violin which has been on display in 2013 next to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums and Hollywood Wax Museums in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and at Branson, Missouri, at the Titanic Museums.

violin Metro UK

(Editor’s Note: This last sentence in an article in a UK news report tells the whole story about the reported record sale. The certification of authenticity was never revealed and now the names of the buyers have not been revealed. One can only hope the buyers paid in Confederate dollars.)

“It is unknown who the violin’s buyer is.”

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Dan Butler can tailor his presentations to a particular audience for specific interests. The presentations always include multi-media, and Q & A sessions. Dan’s range of travel is world-wide as are his interests. Travel costs are paid by the event host and fee is predicated upon time required for lengthy trips for Dan and our other speakers.

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