Personally, I choose to believe that at least one Third Class woman punched out a lady in an evening gown to beat her to a lifeboat.
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Butler even discusses film versions of the sinking, but does not mention James Cameron's juggernaut - Butler's book was published in , although Titanic came out in Maybe Butler never got a chance to see it, since the theater was always sold out thanks to teenage girls going to the movie for the tenth time? Or maybe his book had already gone to print by then and there was no time to stick in a paragraph about the movie.
Either way, I was a little disappointed that I wouldn't get to find out what Butler thought of the movie, since it came out too close to his book's publication. Talk about two ships passing in the night, right? The research seems sound, and Butler is a good historian most of the time. A good source for anyone wanting to know how accurate James Cameron's version of the sinking really was.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have an appointment with a bottle of wine and era Leo. It's been a long time. I almost forgot to quote my favorite line in the entire book. Presented without context: "[Astor] had even written a science fiction novel, A Journey Into Other World , whose hero, Colonel Bearwarden, was contracted by the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company to make the Earth's axis perfectly vertical, creating perpetual springtime.
View all 5 comments. In my humble opinion, this book has to stand among the best ever written about the tragedy of the Titanic. And indeed it is. Butler does an admirable job of presenting the facts without the prejudice that is often present in other histories of that fateful night. He follows the activities of the passengers and crew as In my humble opinion, this book has to stand among the best ever written about the tragedy of the Titanic. He follows the activities of the passengers and crew as they react, in the most part, admirably, to the imminent sinking of the "unsinkable" and the stories of sacrifice are heartbreaking.
This history covers the Titanic tragedy from the ship's launching through the Senate and British Board of Trade hearings until her rediscovery by Dr. Bob Ballard in An interesting afterword describes the lives of some of the major players in their later years and how they were forever changed by their role s on that April night in A very satisfying and sobering book which is highly recommended. The story of the sinking has been told over and over from several different perspectives, but usually by those who have an axe to grind or who wish to cast aspersions on one ethnic group of the passengers or crew or another.
Revisionists have tried to blame different sets of people, or absolve others, for example, holding the builders to a set of standards that were not in place until many years later. By the launch date of the Titanic transatlantic steaming had reached a level of safety unheard of with any other form of transportation. Titanic was the first of a planned set of three ships. The first to be launched was the Olympic, and the Titanic was to be followed by the Gigantic. Many modifications were made to the Titanic after the seas trials of the Olympic.
All were owned by the White Star line that had just been purchased by J. Morgan who was trying to create a transportation monopoly that would stretch all the way from Europe to California. By this time he owned all the steamship lines except Cunard that was desperately seeking government assistance to fight off his takeover bid. A massive fare war erupted.
The robber barons who enjoyed traveling in style could easily afford it. One unusual feature on the Titanic was the configuration of the engines. The ship had two reciprocating engines and a low pressure steam turbine that efficiently used the excess low pressure steam from the other engines, but it could not be operated in reverse.
This was not thought to be a defect, but it made emergency reverse difficult. The furnaces that heated water in the 29 boilers required the services of over two hundred men around the clock and used about tons of coal per day. The ship sailed just before the end of the great coal strike that managed to hurt most those people it was intended to help.
It was rushed aboard and not wet down properly causing a fire to begin that smoked and smoldered the entire abbreviated journey. The ship itself met and, in some cases, exceeded all the Board of Trade safety regulations. In fact, the inspector, the hated Captain Clarke, was known to be the most persnickety of all the B.
He passed the ship. The ship had more than the number of required lifeboats even though they were far short of being able to carry all of the passengers and crew. The theory at the time was that lifeboats were merely to be used to transfer crew and passengers from a sinking ship to the rescue vessel. A complicated formula was used to calculate the number of lifeboats based on the cubic foot capacity. The disaster was to result in rewriting the regulations regarding lifeboat capacity. View 2 comments.
Jul 20, Erin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Titanic buffs and those intrigued. Shelves: historical. Saw this at the library in a display of Titanic books because of the current exhibit at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Once you get past the first boring chapter I honestly don't care how and why it was built , it gets into fascinating personal accounts, and the author tries not to put the blame on any one person.
It was a culmination of all the "standards" of the day. Saw the exhibit, too, and while interesting to see some things "in person", this book gave much more detail. Especi Saw this at the library in a display of Titanic books because of the current exhibit at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Especially of the other ships in the area, and the investigations afterwards, both legal and physical. Dec 13, Dara rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , read , non-fiction.
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Walter Lord 's book is focused more on the human element the night she went down. I wanted to know more about the events that lead to the ship striking the iceberg and the aftermath. Daniel Allen Butler delivered. Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic starts with the inception of the idea for Titanic and covers everything until the th anniversary of the sinking. He also goes through great pains to impress upon the reader to not judge the passengers too hard. Society was much different in than it is today and it's unfair to pass judgement on them by today's standards.
Butler himself used A Night to Remember as a large reference for the night of the sinking. Many of the quotes from the night of April were taken directly of Lord's text apparently Lord served as a kind of mentor to Butler. So many seemingly little things lead to the disaster but Butler makes it clear that if it weren't the Titanic that sank with great tragedy, it would have been the Olympic or Mauritania or another of the luxury liners of the day.
This book hit all the right buttons for me. It was an enjoyable read, well-placed, and packed with information. Dec 09, Natalie L rated it did not like it. I read this book when it was called A Night to Remember. If you're going to nearly copy a book word for word at least have the decency to correct the original Author's Walter Lord's proven mistakes.
This book may seem useful if you've never studied Titanic's demise but if you're a titanic enthusiast, the book is useful for keeping a patio table from wobbling. Nov 24, Ashley Stark rated it liked it. This book was very resourceful but of you have read A Night To Remember by Walter Lord, I would not recommend it because he mentions a lot of the same information. Good book! Lots of new to me information about the Titanic. Mar 27, Roxanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: titanic.
Out of the all the books in my growing "Titanic Library", this has been one of the most interesting and thorough reads yet. As someone who isn't terribly familiar with early 20th century culture and such, the details the author puts forth in this book are intriguing. It's commonplace to snap judge anything, anyone and the story of the Titanic is no different. People even today ridiculed Ismay, praised Smith unquestionably and condemned the lack of aid to help the Third Class.
This isn't to sum Out of the all the books in my growing "Titanic Library", this has been one of the most interesting and thorough reads yet. This isn't to sum up my personal opinion on these particular subjects as I am reserving my judgement or better yet, leaving judgement at bay. But like any good story there are two sides. From the behaviors of social classes, to a Sailor's morals and even the hypocrisy of the women's suffrage movement where the Titanic tragedy was involved.
This has encouraged me more to read up on this era and to better understand it myself. All in all I recommend this to anyone with even the faintest interest in the Titanic. Well researched and the facts laid out. Jan 03, Ken rated it really liked it. I really liked this book. Well-researched and factual, and contained a lot of information that I had previously gleaned from other sources movies, books, etc. Butler does a good job of tying all of this information together in a logical, chronological clear and concise manner, while at the same time making this a very good read.
Initially, I felt that, at the end of the actual book, it ended a I really liked this book. Initially, I felt that, at the end of the actual book, it ended a bit abruptly, but then after reading through the two appendices, a lot of questions and information I expected would have been included, were there and documented. This was an easy read; it was easy to read, put it down, come back later and pick it up, which I appreciated. I will likely read this book again when I can devote two or three nights to it, and I fully expect to enjoy it as much, if not more, on the 2nd read.
Great book and well worth the read!!! What is less know is the events that led up to the tragedy and the aftermath. This is what the author provides with this book. Part of the story described within the pages of the book is the story of the competition amongst companies and European countries to build vessels that will be able to cross the Atlantic in the fastest time possible while doing so in style.
The Germans launched the Deutschand and proceeded to set the transatlantic speed record with her. This encouraged the Cunard Line, with the backing of the British government, to build the Lusitania and her sister Mauretania to attempt to take the record back from the Germans, and doing so in luxury. Bruce Ismay, having inherited the White Star Line after his father passing, and with the backing of American partner J.
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Morgan, helped to conceive the Olympic, Titanic, and Gigantic. The race was on, and after having the Olympic cross the Atlantic, modifications were made to the Titanic, though not much regarding lifeboats and it was with great fanfare that she started out on her maiden voyage. The passengers were treated according to class, and while they were not mistreated, it was very different from what 21st century people would accept.
It was that to the early 20th century British, and to some lesser degree American societies, classes were clearly delineated. The upper class were the leaders, the ones that the lower classes looked to for guidance. The steerage came from classes that were laborers, just like their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers. They were used to looking towards the upper class to solve issues, which on the Titanic they did not do very well.
According to the author, it was not quite like the movie Titanic. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, even though there were numerous iceberg warnings. Not having them all posted in one place, allowing for the Captain or the other officers to see the pattern of the bergs was a major flaw in the way they sailed her. In addition, complacency on the part of Captain Smith may have contributed to the tragedy as he had such a perfect and uneventful career at see that he was probably too confident.
Due to the lack of lifeboats for all the people on the Titanic, as well as lifeboat drills that did nothing to train the crew in the event of an emergency, the crew was woefully unprepared to handle the emergency. Some officers did very well, and others did not. Lifeboats were not properly loaded and over people died that night. The question is whether they needed to.
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From all accounts, there was a ship within 10 miles from the Titanic that did not respond to her distress signals nor white rockets she was firing. The Californian crew reported they saw the rockets to their Captain who did nothing to help. In any event, the Captain went to his grave denying that the ship they saw was the Titanic, though most evidence showed he was wrong and his good name was forever tarnished. After people were rescued by the Carpathia, they were brought back to America.
Bruce Ismay hid himself in the stateroom he was staying in, while other passengers accepted and declined the hospitality of the Carpathia passengers and crew. Once in the US, Senator Smith convened a board of inquiry regarding the tragedy. Though the British felt, and often stated that the Senator was incapable and incompetent, the British Board of Inquiry eventually came to many of the same conclusions as Senator Smith. However, there are so many books on the subject that sometimes the truth is difficult to gage through the inherent biases and spin of the writer.
I think that this author did a credible job with what can be a difficult subject, and would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the Titanic, anyone who likes history in general, or honestly, anyone who likes stories of tragedy. Dec 29, Lyndsey Bromley rated it it was amazing. I wish I had the time to thoroughly review this in the capacity it deserves, but there's only so many minutes in an hour So, this is a chopped down version, but here goes despite the constraint. Without a doubt, this novel is my number-one Titanic comprehensive history resource.
It took a while to sift through, not because of terrible narrative or any of those horrors, but because it's a lot of information to retain. This might be a challenging for some specifically tho I wish I had the time to thoroughly review this in the capacity it deserves, but there's only so many minutes in an hour This might be a challenging for some specifically those in which this is their first Titanic non-fiction novel , so take that in mind, but it's worth it. View 1 comment. This book fills in a lot more information about the Titanic and the people associated with her.
It starts from the original decision to build the ship and ends with a discussion of the discovery of the wreck at the bottom of the ocean. The lives of a few of the people were a bit more fully revealed in this book than in A Night to Remember. I recommend the latter for people who want a quick compelling read about the Titanic, and this one for those who are hungry for a more thoroughly detailed acc This book fills in a lot more information about the Titanic and the people associated with her.
I recommend the latter for people who want a quick compelling read about the Titanic, and this one for those who are hungry for a more thoroughly detailed account. I really enjoyed it! Feb 18, Evan rated it really liked it. I have been thrilled by the story of the Titanic since I was a kid and my mom bought the video of Robery Ballard's search and discovery of the wreck of the Titanic. Such an intreguing story and this book tells it so well in every detail from so many different vantage points getting down to the real facts.
It's great right up until the descriptions of the post-accident trials which, unfortunately, could have used some translating of the flowery English vocabulary used by the judges in the trials. Otherwise, it was very hard to put down. Jun 24, Gerilyn rated it it was amazing. As a lifelong Titanic buff the wreck was discovered the year I turned 10, a very impressionable age , I was thrilled to pick this up at a library book sale in San Diego.
I've read many a Titanic history, but this one tops them all. I loved the comprehensive scope, from the design and building details to the full appendix with facts and figures. The larger-than-life cast of characters is boldly and sympathetically described as well. A fascinating and well-done book. And no, I do NOT like the mov As a lifelong Titanic buff the wreck was discovered the year I turned 10, a very impressionable age , I was thrilled to pick this up at a library book sale in San Diego. And no, I do NOT like the movie.
Aug 31, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: seafaring , history. Butler deals with the character of the times and explains how societal hubris and a belief in the infallibility of modern invention led to the tragic death of 1, people. He does not attempt to exonerate or blame anyone individual, so the myths are dispelled and the facts laid bare. God will not be mocked. The tragedy was self inflicted. Self deception is so powerful that only after events play out, hindsight shows that the end of the story was, all along, inevitable.
A great blend of technical detail and personal accounts. This book made the individual stories of the Titanic shine, while setting it properly in the framework of the technology of the time, the society of the Edwardian era, and the traditions of the great ocean liners. It was quite enjoyable to read. I've read quite a few books documenting the sinking of the Titanic but I really liked the style with which this one was written. Although there wasn't much in the way of startling new revelations or facts, it was still captivating and well-written.
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One April night the ship hits an iceberg, sinking somewhat before the halfway point of the novel. The second half follows Rowland. He saves the young daughter of a former lover by jumping onto the iceberg with her. The pair find a lifeboat washed up on the iceberg, and are eventually rescued by a passing ship. But the girl is recovered by her mother and Rowland is arrested for her kidnapping. A sympathetic magistrate discharges him and rebukes the mother for being unsympathetic to her daughter's savior.
Rowland disappears from the world. In a brief final chapter covering several years, Rowland works his way up from homeless and anonymous fisherman to a desk job and finally, two years after passing his civil service exam, to "a lucrative position under the Government, and as he seated himself at the desk in his office, could have been heard to remark: 'Now John Rowland, your future is your own.
You have merely suffered in the past from a mistaken estimate of the importance of women and whisky. A later edition includes a coda. Rowland receives a letter from the mother, who congratulates him and pleads for him to visit her, and the girl who begs for him.
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Although the novel was written before the RMS Titanic was even conceptualized, there are some uncanny similarities between both the fictional and real-life versions. Like the Titanic , the fictional ship sank in April in the North Atlantic, and there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers. Similarities between the Titanic and the fictional Titan include:. After the Titanic 's sinking, some people credited Robertson with precognition and clairvoyance. Robertson denied this, claiming the similarities were explained by his extensive knowledge of shipbuilding and maritime trends.
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