Titanic - 'Iceberg Ahead'': The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There

Titanic - 'Iceberg Ahead'': The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There

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To have sailed on 'the voyage of the century' aboard White Star Line's RMS Titanic - described at the time as 'a floating palace' - was like being one of the first passengers to fly on Concorde.

On 10 April 1912, people from all walks of life began embarking on Titanic, then the largest ship afloat, for what was to be the trip of a lifetime on the ship's maiden voyage across the north Atlantic. Many were looking forward to starting new lives in the United States.

However, just before midnight on Sunday, 14 April 1912, Titanic's crew began to send out distress signals stating, 'We have struck an iceberg'. The liner had been steaming at speed when it collided with an enormous iceberg which stripped off her bilge under the waterline for more than 100 yards, opened up five of the front compartments and flooded the coal bunker servicing one of the boilers.

The damage was fatal, and some three hours after the disaster began to unfold the last visible part of Titanic slipped beneath the waves. There were only sixteen lifeboats and four collapsible dinghies - which was completely insufficient for the number of passengers making the crossing. As a consequence, more than 1,500 passengers and crew died: two out of every three people onboard perished.

Much has been written about the Titanic disaster, and it has been the subject matter for several films. The author is well-known for his depth of research and his attention to detail, and in a new style of format, he has selected fifty people involved in the disaster, and by using their specific eyewitness accounts he has managed to make the confusing situation much clearer, making it possible for the reader to experience the dreadful events as they unfolded. The book also includes biographical tributes to the fifty people, who came from all walks of life and geographical regions, telling who they were, their experiences during the disaster, and what happened to those who were fortunate enough to survive.

Title:Titanic - 'Iceberg Ahead'': The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There
ISBN:9781526772060
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    Titanic - 'Iceberg Ahead'': The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There Reviews

  • Audrey

    When I first learned about the Titanic in 4th grade, it captured my attention. I became hooked on history. A few months later, the wreck was discovered. Then I ordered a book (Exploring the Titanic: H...

  • Selkis

    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review - many thanks for that!Since I was a child (I think around 9 years old) I've loved reading about the Titanic. I can'...

  • Tina

    This is a non-fiction story. I loved the titanic movie and story. This book was good, and I loved learning more about the titanic. I love that this book did a closer look at each of the people that wh...

  • Dee Arr

    I found this book by author James W. Bancroft interesting. My previous knowledge of the Titanic disaster was probably slightly better than most, but only enough to recall some of the highlights of wha...

  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    So, like most people, I’ve always loved the movie, Titanic. That was my first encounter with the infamous incident, but it would not be the last. I’ve watched many documentaries on the subject. Re...

  • Donna Maguire

    My review will be live on my blog on 31st March 2021 - publication day!I have always been fascinated by the Titanic so as soon as I saw that this book was being released I was really intrigued and I h...

  • Sally

    I’m not alone in being fascinated by the story of the ill-fated ship billed as ‘unsinkable’ which hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage. I have read books, watched films and documentaries...

  • Lisa Konet

    Another sad account about the most famous shipwreck in history, the Titanic that struck on iceberg fatally on April 14 1912 and sank into the North Atlantic Ocean. I like how the author discussed abou...

  • Rebecca Hill

    The Titanic was a disaster of epic proportions, one that would have lasting effects for many years to come. With the "Unsinkable" ship ready to sail, many flocked to its decks, hoping for better lives...

  • Maureen

    This is full of first-person accounts from survivors of the Titanic. Some are chilling and at times I felt I was on board with them. It made me wonder what I would do in such a situation. Although com...