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George Behe
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24 Dec 2010
A collection of letters, postcards and memoirs written by passengers and crewmen before, during and after the Titanic's tragic maiden voyage.

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  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (24 Dec 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0557980798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557980796
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,023,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Behe is a former vice president of the "Titanic "Historical Society. He has acted as a consultant for several "Titanic" documentaries and books, and has written numerous articles about the ship for the "Titanic" Historical Society's journal. He is the author of "Titanic: Safety, Speed and Sacrifice." He lives in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In this meticulously researched book, the author has collected together as many letters, diaries and postcards he could find which were sent by those who visited, toured or sailed on Titanic - as either crew or as a passenger. Some date from before Titanic sailed, by those who had a chance to tour the ship before she left on her maiden voyage, others who posted letters or postcards to friends and family and then, the bulk of the material, from survivors of the disaster who wrote their accounts of what happened to them for family or for official enquiries.

It is clear that while many were excited at the prospect of sailing on such a huge ship, others worried about her sheer size. Some passengers put their affairs in order before embarking, others had premonitions of disaster and some saw the trip as routine. Letters sent during the voyage (when the ship docked at Cherbourg and Queenstown before heading for New York) present a wonderful first hand account of the ship, before she became linked forever to disaster. Passengers write of being impressed with the rooms, the facilities and the food. Everything is described as elegant and most report enjoying themselves on board. Passengers write of everyday concerns - worry about a train ticket when they arrive in New York, a man asking his wife to buy the football papers for him while he is away and another reassuring his wife that they have been testing the steel doors which sealed off the compartments, "so you see it would be impossible for the ship to be sunk..." Others comment it is like being on land or in a hotel, while one man writes, "she has everything but taxicabs and theatres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have from Behe 1 April 2012
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George Behe has outdone himself with his latest Titanic-related volume. This book presents a large number of first-hand survivor accounts, many never published before. The accounts are gripping, and allow you to envision what the survivors went through. Many are very poignant, and cut through the mythology to show what really happened that fateful night. A nice inclusion were brief sections of biographical information for the people mentioned throughout the book.

It was refreshing to see a new book on the subject not laced with conspiracy theories or the same-old worn out factual mistakes that are reproduced again and again. There are literally dozens of Titanic books coming out in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking in 2012, many of which I am really looking forward to reading. However, this one definitely deserves a place at the top of your list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Board RMS Titanic 14 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
George Behe's new book "On Board RMS Titanic" is a treasure trove of first person source material.

George has collected many dozens of letters and accounts for this book. Many were originally published shortly after the disaster, and have not been available since that time, and some have not been published at all, but saved by family members. Some letters were even written before the Titanic sailed, by people writing in anticipation of the voyage. Other accounts were written on the Carpathia, when the events of the sinking were fresh in a survivors mind, and more written shortly afterwards, in 1912 and 1913. No matter how much knowledge you may have of the events on Titanic the night of the sinking, this book has some gems you've never read about before.

This book is a "must have" for anyone interested in reading about, or researching, the Titanic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Collection of Material 29 Mar 2011
By Ms.Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr.Behe is to be congratulated for compiling such a huge list of first hand survivor accounts. Forget James Cameron's Titanic and its myriad of sensationalist distortions, this book tells the story as it really happened. No Titanic scholar - or those with an interest in history or human drama - can afford to be without this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched collection of Titanic tales 9 Oct 2011
By Michael Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You know an author has done his job when the reader says, "I've never seen that before." Or, "I can't put the book down." The author has gathered together a series of accounts written by the survivors of the Titanic that have not made their way into other books. Clearly, it has taken years of diligent research to find these. It gives the reader a clear picture of what it was like to sail on the only voyage of the Titanic. The book, which runs about 550 pages takes the reader through each day of the voyage.

I can guarantee you, it will give the reader many hours of pleasure. This rates as one of the top 5 Titanic books of 2012!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" 9 Feb 2011
By Bill Wormstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
George Behe's new book "On Board RMS Titanic" is a treasure trove of first person source material.

George has collected many dozens of letters and accounts for this book. Many were originally published shortly after the disaster, and have not been available since that time, and some have not been published at all, but saved by family members. Some letters were even written before the Titanic sailed, by people writing in anticipation of the voyage. Other accounts were written on the Carpathia, when the events of the sinking were fresh in a survivors mind, and more written shortly afterwards, in 1912 and 1913. No matter how much knowledge you may have of the events on Titanic the night of the sinking, this book has some gems you've never read about before.

This book is a "must have" for anyone interested in reading about, or researching, the Titanic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must-have for Titanic buffs 6 Jan 2011
By Bruce Trinque - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
George Behe, a former president of the Titanic Historical Society, is without question one of the most knowledgeable people around regarding the sinking of the great ocean liner in 1912. Over the past few decades he has amassed an astounding collection of first-hand accounts of the disaster recorded within days or weeks of the famous event, accounts from passengers of every class and from crew members. There are diary entries, newspaper interviews, and above all letters -- some only quick notes to reassure folks back home, some lengthy detailed narratives covering the voyage, the accident, and the rescue. And they are all presented over hundreds of pages in "On Board the RMS Titanic", accompanied by biographical essays on how each of the writers came to be aboard ship.

"On Board the RMS Titanic" is an extraordinary collection of primary source material generated in the immediate aftermath of the event before memories faded and myths had time to intrude, a book unsurpassed in presenting a "you are there" portrait of the sinking of the Titanic. It is an absolutely essential reference book for any serious Titanic student, as important as (and rather more lively than) the transcripts of the American and British official inquiries into the disaster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Letters from Those Who Were There 29 May 2013
By Marcel J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
From the viewpoint of the researcher, first person accounts are always held in high regard especially concerning events as controversial and misinterpreted as the Titanic disaster. "On Board RMS Titanic", by the esteemed Titanic author George Behe, is a fine collection of letters, notes, postcards etc from both Titanic victims and survivors. Spread over a period of some days, the letters present the gamut of emotion from excitement and joy of the passengers for the upcoming journey, to abject horror at the aftermath of her sinking and the harrowing trials they have just endured. Letter after letter provides new information adding another small piece to the rather large jig-saw puzzle which is the Titanic saga. Each letter is captivating and puts one at the scene of the disaster. Through these letters one gets to relive what it was like to be aboard the largest liner in the world during her tragically short life, as well as experience the heartfelt loss of so many of the survivors and their struggles to put their lives back on track.

The letters are provided with very little introduction except the basic cursory information in order to establish context, and there are no analyses or final words by the author after each letter. In this way the author allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusions regarding what is right or what is wrong, what truly happened or what might be elaborations based on the immediacy of the emotive events. "On Board RMS Titanic" simply presents the letters, laid bare as they are (often containing the original errors as written by their authors), from which the researcher can take the collective body of work and compare and contrast in order to try and establish a common truth.

This collection is one that will reap reward by careful analysis for anyone interested in researching and finding out more about this catastrophic disaster which so jarred the infant 20th century. Concurrently, it will also appeal to the reader who, at the risk of sounding cliché, wants to hear it directly from the horse's mouth. A tremendous volume such as this will surely take pride of place on your shelves, and provide years of fascinating reading.
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