The story of the Titanic in the words of the hero whose swift action saved the lives of 710 survivors The Carpathia was on its regular voyage to New York City, when early on 15 April 1912 it received a distress signal from the White Star Line ocean liner Titanic, which had struck an iceberg and was sinking Rostron was asleep when his wireless operator, Harold Cottam, by chance left his headset on while undressing for bed and so heard the signal Cottam ran to Rostron s cabin to alert him Rostron immediately ordered the ship to race towards the Titanic s reported position, posting extra lookouts to help spot and manoeuvre around the ice he knew to be in the area and extracted every bit of speed the ship s engines could muster Even so, Carpathia, travelling through dangerous ice floes, took about 3A hours to reach the Titanic s radioed position During this time Rostron turned off heating to ensure the maximum amount of steam for the ship s engines and had the ship prepared for the survivors including getting blankets, food and drinks ready, and ordering his medical crew to stand by to receive the possibly injured survivors Altogether, a list of 23 orders from Rostron to his crew was successfully implemented before Carpathia had even arrived at the scene of the disaster Carpathia began picking up survivors about an hour after the first starburst was seen by those in the lifeboats The Carpathia would end up rescuing 710 survivors out of the 2,228 passengers and crew on board the Titanic at least one survivor is said to have died after reaching the ship Later, Rostron testified about the events the night Titanic sank at both the U.S Senate inquiry and the British Board of Trade s inquiry into the disaster....
|Title||:||Titanic Hero: The Autobiography of Captain Rostron of the Carpathia|
|Publisher||:||Amberley Publishing August 15, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
|File Size||:||679 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Titanic Hero: The Autobiography of Captain Rostron of the Carpathia Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is written in a whimsical & charming style relevant to the early 1930s when it was first published. It is not just about the Titanic, it relates to Arthur Rostron's life story and a very interesting life it was indeed! I am so glad it was re-published as it does add quality and a different perspective to the telling of the Titanic story. The facts described in Rostron's usual modest style tell the heroic part the Carpathia played in saving Titanic survivors who may not have survived much longer had not this ship came to their rescue. Highly recommended book to read & purchase, considering it was written over 80 years ago, it stands very favourably among the better books flooding the market for the centennial in 2012.
I was a little disappointed with this book because of the brevity with which Rostron recounts his long-spanning sea career. I suppose I was hoping for a more detailed memoir (such as Lightoller's book) with stories from his early days at sea. I don't know if he preferred not to go into too much detail about his past, or whether he thought it wasn't too interesting. He spends more time talking about his career after Titanic than before it. Perhaps he never meant for it to be anything more than a brief narrative. However, it is a must-have book for any Titanic scholar or hobbyist. It has value as an inside look at the rescue operation (in tandem with his testimony). One alteration that I feel injures both the book and its author is the title change. I don't believe, especially given his dedication of the book, that Rostron would like to see "Titanic Hero" spread across the cover. He saw his assistance to Titanic as being the efforts of his whole crew, not just himself. "Home from the Sea" sounds much more like him. I wish the publishers had left it alone, instead of trying to sell more books by exploiting the name "Titanic." But, of course, there is nothing I can do about that. You just have to get past that sort of thing.
This is a reprint of Rostron's 1931 autobiography "Home From the Sea" A most welcome addition to my library, this wonderful book illustrates Rostron's self-effacing nature, his belief on God, and tells the story of how to succeed by trying one's best.
Captain Rostron said he enjoyed every hour of this career at sea. And what a career! From hard life on sailing ships, to troop ship, to hospital ship, to luxury liner. I loved his book.
Great autobiography. His life was certainly more that just what happened that April night......a fascinating look at a long gone way of life...
This is an essential source for those interested in Titanic. Rostron has seemed to me have been a bit of a self-promoter, so consider the source.