In this spell-binding work of oceanography, Pellegrino offsets the dramatic sinking of the legendary Cun ard liner against the incredible science-fiction-like discov ery of the wreck. '
The misconception appears to arise from two factors: (A) the narrative style and (B) the fact that almost none of the events in this book appear in the British or American Inquiries into the loss of the Titanic, or in other books (which are based largely on the British and American Inquiries). The latter is in fact the reason my book is sub-titled "The Untold Story ..."
Still ... several Titanic historians have assumed that the events, on account of not being chronicled elsewhere, must be "made up". Not so. The events are chronicled in some forty years of correspondence by me and Walter Lord with Titanic survivors. By the time James Cameron called me to California, I had heard of this "assumption of fiction" from some of his advisors in THS, and so I brought a copy of the Lord/Pellegrino file with me (whereupon he was amazed to see that a scene he created as total fiction actually took place on the point bow - as described in Helen Churchill Candee's diary). Everyone was pleased, but there remained only one problem: only two copies of the file existed, in all the world, and if my house and Walter Lord's house ever happened to burn down on the same day (an event more likely, now that Walter and I are neighbors), a lot of history would be lost; and these papers are truly the Titanic's "Dead Sea Scrolls".
We have since reproduced the file, and James Cameron will soon be releasing much of this material in a rather fascinating project he has in mind.
P.S. On Frank "Lucks" Tower : note that in my Afterword I refer to him as representing either one of history's most extraordinary tales of coincidence and survival, or one of it's most remarkable liars. The case now seems to be the latter. Writer's supporting Tower's tale have pointed me to a "primary source", a woman claiming to be Towers' granddaughter. When I spoke with her she turned out to have known Big Foot on a first name basis and to be a member of the U.F.O. Frequent Flight Program - from which we might conclude that anything she has to say about the Titanic is a tad suspect. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.