EPISODE 8: Death at Sea

 ABOVE: The collision between the S.S. Lotus and the S.S. Bozkurt was a “litmus test” for Turkey to assert its newly established sovereignty on the world stage.

ABOVE: The collision between the S.S. Lotus and the S.S. Bozkurt was a “litmus test” for Turkey to assert its newly established sovereignty on the world stage.

It’s the night of 2 August 1926.

Five nautical miles off the coast of Lesbos.

A French ship, the SS Lotus, is cruising towards its destination of Constantinople.

The ship’s first officer is keeping watch, but he doesn’t know that there’s a Turkish ship dead ahead.

What lies ahead is not only a naval disaster, but a diplomatic dispute that throws a massive colonial power on a collision course with a young nation on the rise.


Episode notes

Storyteller: Professor Douglas Guilfoyle, Monash Law School (Twitter: @djag2)

Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James Pattison

Topics for law nerds: Criminal law, international law, law of the sea, international relations, state sovereignty, treaties, United Nations, League of Nations, international courts

MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE
- ‘This tuning is so dramatic’ by Monplaisir
- ‘35’C’ by King Imagine

IMAGES

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