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Titanic Survivor: The Memoirs of Violet Jessop, Stewardess [Paperback]

Violet Jessop
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19 April 2007
A stewardess' unique eyewitness account of life below decks and the sinking of the Titanic.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 07 edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750946636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750946636
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Violet Jessop spent her entire career at sea, travelling on more than 200 voyages. She was a stewardess for first-class passengers on the Titanic when it sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912 after hitting an iceberg.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
This is the biography of an extraordinary woman, who was so much more then just a Titanic survivor; she was a true survivor, with all the meaning of the word.

Born in Argentina where her Irish parents immigrated, Violet had to endure and overcome a serious illness that she was not expected to survive, sexual abuse, loss of several of her siblings, constant changes of location in search of a better life, and extreme poverty. And yet, she describes her childhood as a happy one, filled with love, wisdom, warmth and an altogether positive attitude towards life. After her father's death the family moved to England, where again she had to face extreme poverty, loss, sexual abuse and to sacrifice her own dreams in order to help her family. Once again, Violet remained optimistic and positive.

During her many years at sea; a profession she chose out of necessity and never actually liked it, she survived three disasters. Her narration of Titanic's sinking is amazing and I think that from all the books, documentaries and movies about this famous liner, these thirty pages moved me the most. She provides so many information I never knew about Titanic, like the fact that this was the first time the crew was asked what little improvements would make their work easier and it was Tommy Andrews, whom she dearly loved, that made sure all improvements would be made. Also I never knew that there was a cat onboard, which had just given birth to a basket of kittens; so very sad. Violet's account of her last moments on Titanic are surreal and moving and her farewells to dear brave friends who perished that night will forever haunt me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A memorable life at sea 22 Aug 2008
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Although this book is called 'Titanic Survivor' and includes a vivid and exciting description of that memorable event, the rest of Violet Jessop's life contained many interesting episodes that are recounted in this book.

Her childhood in Argentina was happy, though overshadowed by her own serious illness, and the illness and death of more than one sibling. Her teenage years, spent at a convent school in Kent run by Breton nuns, also seems to have been happy.

Feeling obliged to give up further education in order to support her mother and younger siblings, Violet embarked on a long career as a ship's stewardess. though there seem to have been many things about being a stewardess that she disliked, particularly the beggarly wages and the fact that they were mostly reliant on tips, she nevertheless continued to work at sea for most of her life.

A pretty girl, she had plenty of opportunities for romance, and turned down at least one very eligible proposal of marriage. The strong romantic attachment she felt to a young Australian called Ned in the end came to nothing, and although she was apparently briefly married, the book says nothing about it.

The sinking of the Titanic is memorably described, but even more dramatic is the sinking of the Britannic, in 1916, the description of which is not for the squeamish. Although the loss of life was comparatively small (only 28 died) a lot of people were horribly maimed by the propellers of the ship, and the descriptions of their horrific injuries make blood-curdling reading.

The editor, John Maxtone-Graham, occasionally casts doubt on certain passages, beleiving they may have been misremembered or exaggerated, but whether they are or not this certainly is an entertaining and memorable book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into life at sea 23 Mar 2001
By Clare
I couldn't put this book down. Violet Jessop was an incredible woman, surviving not just one but three accidents at sea. Her attitude is admirable and as you read more and more, you come to admire and respect her.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violet Jessops intimate account of a life at sea 27 May 2000
V.J was born October 2nd, 1887 of Irish parents in Argentina. Her health was very poor during childhood, but eventually she and her parents returned to the u.k in poverty. She had to forgo a valuable scholarship to support her beloved family. Her life at sea has a well written, intelligent restraint feel about it. She served on the all three of the Olympic class ships; the Titanic, the Britanic and the Olympic, amongst others. The first one you know about, but the second was hit by a mine in WW1 and sunk in less than 40 mins. She had a cracked skull from the accident but continued to nurse! The main interest, that of the Titanic, is very low key and only occupies 20 pages or so. Don't let this put you off, however. This is typical of the woman; suppressing large tragic events and magnify romatically low key events. The life of a maid was very hard and poorly paid and all sacrificed their home and family life for the rigid task masters of the cruise liners. The love of her life-Ned-drifts in and out of the picture as they span the worlds oceans in toil & labour. She was a handsome, practical, intelligent and caring women. I liked her character and she weaves a saga of another age. We will not see her like again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction 15 Sep 2010
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To be born and raised on the Argentinian pampas and die of old age in a Suffolk village sounds mildly interesting. But what if in between you had worked as a stewardess and had avoided death on three famous liners which had met with accidents? Including rescuing a baby as the Titanic sank. Violet tells us that as she passed the dignitaries whilst being ordered into the last lifeboat, the men were calm, waiting for a rescue that never came. The lights of the California could be seen on the horizon and "they must have picked up our SOS". If only.
However this life story is much more than a Titanic novel. It is about a person's resilience and will power to overcome sadness, setbacks and handicaps over a period of 80 years. She lived anonymously and humbly after retirement with her written account unpublished until the end - soccer players and actors please take note - so that all those extra questions one would like to have had asked unfortunately go unanswered.
This is a superb true-life adventure story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting
Published 6 days ago by MARION DINNIE
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - selling on the Titanic which was only ...
A good read - selling on the Titanic which was only a very small part of her life and this book.
Published 17 days ago by albert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading!
Published 23 days ago by Nicola McColl
1.0 out of 5 stars Titanic survivor
Extremely boring, had two goes at trying to read it but gave it up as a bad job. Very dull!
Published 5 months ago by AJGR de GROOME
3.0 out of 5 stars Jessop
Violet Jessop ... was she unlucky to have been shipwrecked twice ....or lucky because she survived shipwrecks twice?
I've read the book and still don't know
Published 7 months ago by John Barclay
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
There can be two sets of readers wishing to read this book. One who wants to read about a life of person who happens to be onboard Titanic and for those who wants to read a good... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic survivor
This lady had an amazing life . she came from a very poor family survived a serious illness and went to work on the titanic gives an interesting view of the class differences avery... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sue Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly fascinating
I found this to be a very interesting story of a life - and what a life she had!! The Titanic part was wonderful, and the story of her childhood and her life on many ships was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sus
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I brought this book for my wife, she had a sense of wanting to learn more after the programs on TV at the centenary of the accident.
Published 11 months ago by I A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This book tells you what it was like when the Titanic met its doom and what it was like for those on the ship who were in service.It was supposed to be unsinkable
Published 12 months ago by A. M. Boyt
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