In the early morning hours of Monday, April 15, 1912, the brand-new, supposedly unsinkable Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after ramming an iceberg. Of the 2,208 people on board, only 712 were saved. The remaining 1,496 either drowned or froze to death in the icy-cold waters of the North Atlantic. The disaster became the most infamous tragedy in maritime history. Yet a century after the liner's sinking, the history of the Titanic is still shrouded in misinformation and mystery.
The authors bring the tragedy to life through a thrilling narrative. They follow the ship's life from design and construction through to the maiden voyage, using rarely-seen accounts of the sinking from passengers of all classes and crew alike. They tell the dramatic stories of lives lost and people saved, of the rescue ship Carpathia and of the aftermath of the sinking. The narrative is supported through scholarly research, and hundreds of end notes cite original source material. Numerous appendices focus on some of the most controversial aspects of the disaster and presents rarely-considered evidence on the subjects.
The book also features an introduction by George Behe, a former Vice-President of the Titanic Historical Society. Profusely illustrated with over 300 images (50 in colour), including many rare and unique views of the ship, this is as accurate and gripping a telling of the story of the White Star Line's Titanic and her sinking as you will read anywhere.
Author: Tad Fitch, J. Kent Layton & Bill Wormstedt
Title: On A Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic
First Published by: Amberley Publishing
Date: 22 March 2012