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'There is not any probability that large will sink. The boat is unsinkable and not anything yet inconvenience may be suffered by means of the passengers.' - Phillip Franklin, White megastar Line Vice-President
On April fifteenth, 1912, Titanic, the world's greatest passenger send, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming greater than 1,500 lives. Walter Lord's vintage bestselling background of the voyage, the damage and the aftermath is a tour de force of particular research and the upstairs/downstairs divide. A evening to recollect provides a brilliant, gripping and deeply own account of the 'unsinkable' Titanic's descent.
WITH a brand new FOREWORD by way of JULIAN FELLOWES
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Extra info for A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic
Mrs Brown did indeed take the oars and try to get the lifeboats to go back for survivors; John Hart did lead parties up from steerage to the boat deck on his own initiative and he did get them away to safety; Lady Rothes did take over the tiller, and corresponded with the sailor in charge of her boat for the rest of their lives. But then it was Charles Lightoller, second officer, one of the accepted heroes of the sinking, who decided not to fill the boats to capacity, and to take ‘women and children only’ (rather than the more usual ‘women and children first’), his idea being that the men could swim out to join their womenfolk once the boats were safely launched.
Through the long white corridors that led to the staterooms came only the murmurs of people chatting in their cabins … the distant slam of some deck-pantry door … occasionally the click of unhurried high heels – all the usual sounds of a liner at night. Everything seemed perfectly normal – yet not quite. In his cabin on B deck, seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer had just called good night to his father and mother, Mr and Mrs John B. Thayer of Philadelphia. The Thayers had connecting staterooms, an arrangement compatible with Mr Thayer’s position as Second Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
It seems to have been the discovery of this eerie coincidence that inspired Lord to take on the mantle of Chief Chronicler of the Titanic. He would have many imitators, but what continues to mark his version apart from the rest is its extraordinary economy. He manages to convey both the detail and the sweep, the little sorrows and the all-embracing horror, in prose which is minutely researched but never dense. His style is serious, moving and, above all, readable. In my own investigation into the truth behind the sinking, I never came across another book to rival it.