On the night of 14 15 April 1912, a brand new, supposedly unsinkable ship, the largest and most luxurious vessel in the world at the time, collided with an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage Of the 2,208 people on board, only 712 were saved The rest either drowned or froze to death in the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic How could this unsinkable vessel sink and why did so few of those aboard survive The authors bring the tragedy to life, telling the story of the ship s design, construction and maiden voyage The stories of individuals who sailed on her, many previously known only as names on yellowing passenger and crew lists, are brought to light using rarely seen accounts of the sinking The stories of passengers of all classes and crewmembers alike, are explored They tell the dramatic stories of lives lost and people saved, of the rescue ship Carpathia, and of the aftermath of the sinking Never again would a large passenger liner sail without lifeboats for all Despite the tragedy, the sinking of the Titanic indirectly led to untold numbers of lives being saved due to new regulations that came into force after the tragedy Profusely illustrated, including many rare and unique views of the ship and those who sailed on her, this is as accurate and engrossing a telling of the life of the White Star Line s Titanic and her sinking as you will read anywhere Made special by the use of so many rare survivor accounts from the eye witnesses to that night to remember, the narrative places the reader in the middle of the maiden voyage, and brings the tragic sinking to life as never before....
|Title||:||On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic|
|Publisher||:||Amberley Publishing August 28, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
|File Size||:||10329 KB|
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On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic Reviews
Over a hundred years have passed since the golden era of Edwardian superliners and we still stand in awe at the craftsmanship of these grand marvels just as those curious before us. They were said to be "practically unsinkable" and you know the ships' names as they were the elite of the Oceans and Seas that drew crowds of wanderers with their advertised newness and grandness to conquer the waves in style and become a story to tell within society circles. Entrancing then and now, we seem to never get enough of the prospect to explore these amazing innovations. Today however we quietly reflect as each unfortunate centennial arrives of these majestic ships that now peacefully rest at the bottom of the oceans and question what went so horribly wrong with these once wonders of the seas? While the names of Olympic, Mauretania, Britannic and Lusitania are a few names mentioned of these scrapped and lost liners, On a Sea of Glass is the Titanic's story and explores the multiple questions and mysteries that will probably forever follow in her wake.
The authors are genuine experts and they bring formidable knowledge to their comprehensive account of the Titanic. I am delighted to have it, though my technical knowledge isn't so advanced as to allow me to appreciate fully the wealth of new material and fresh thinking they offer. In some ways, this volume strikes me as an attempt to cross the technical analysis one can find in the _Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic_ (forbiddingly and wonderfully dense) with the more-or-less familiar narrative of the building of the ship and the maiden voyage. I haven't read all of it yet, but it has lived up to its claim to offer a new perspective. The research the authors have done is remarkable, and it enables them to offer a series of alternatives to the usual narratives. Particularly enlightening are the appendices that work through especially controversial issues about the ship and its sinking. There's a quite fascinating discussion of the break-up of the ship that draws on neglected survivor accounts and correlates them to forensic data from the wreck to suggest a new theory for how and why the ship broke up. The authors are commendably restrained: they tend to criticize claims that Captain Smith was passive as the ship sank without heroizing him, they're humane in their discussion of Ismay, and while they (rightly, in my view) sharply refute those who claim the Californian was far from the Titanic, they're even-handed in their discussion of Captain Lord.
"On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic" by Tad Fitch, Bill Wormstedt, and J. Kent Layton is one of the best books on the subject. The main text takes readers through the construction, fitting out, and fateful maiden voyage of the ship in exquisite detail. The writing goes for a "you are there" approach and nails it on the head. The book is also heavily foot-noted, making it valuable to researchers. In addition to the wonderful text, many rare photographs populate the margins of the pages.