When she set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York on April 10, 1912, RMS Titanic, the pride of the White Star fleet, was the largest ocean liner in the world. Deemed "practically unsinkable" because of her double-bottomed hull and watertight compartments, she carried more than 2,000 passengers and crew, although only sufficient lifeboats for just over half that number. Four days out of Southampton, on the night of April 14, she struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank within a matter of hours; 1,503 lives were lost. Logan Marshall interviewed the survivors in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in this book he records the facts as they were known, together with numerous maps, diagrams, drawings, and photographs (including a picture of the actual iceberg that sank the Titanic). Well established as part of the canon of Titanic literature, this book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the ship and her sorrowful fate.
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The History Press
August 30, 2011
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