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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and sad - the voices of those on board Titanic, 15 April 2012
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Elaine Simpson-long (Colchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Titanic on Trial (Paperback)
I have been posting and blogging on the Titanic on this the anniversary weekend. Many many books have been published, some better than others but Titanic on Trial by Nic Compton, published by Bloomsbury is one of my favourites out of this genre. This is an account of the sinking told through the testimonies of the passengers and crew. Difficult to pick out which letters and accounts to quote as they are all, without exception, very moving. Moving in the matter of fact way in which they tell what happened. Written in straightforward prose they have more impact than the most flowery words could do:

"I want to say that there was nothing but the most heroic conduct on the part of all men and women at the at time, where I was at the bow on the port side. No man asked to get in a boat....no woman every sobbed or wrung her hands and everything appeared perfectly orderly. Lightoller was Nicsplendid in his conduct with the crew and the crew did their duty" Archibald Gracie - First class passenger

"They tried to keep us down at first on our steerage deck. They did now want us to go up to the First Class place at all. I cannot say who they were - I think they were sailors.....the gate was not locked at the time we made the attempt to get up there but the sailor, or whoever he was, locked it. So this fellow went up and broke the lock. All the steerage passengers went up on the First Class deck when the gate was broken. They all got up there. They could not keep them down...." Daniel Buckley, Third class passenger

A ship, the SS Californian, was not far away but it seemed did not realise the ship they located was the Titanic, nor that it was in trouble.

"I was talking with the engineer about keeping the steam ready and we saw these signals. I said 'there is a steamer passing. Let's go to the wireless and see what the news is'. On our way down I met the operator coming and I said 'Do you know anything?' He said 'The Titanic'. I said 'this is not the Titanic, there is no doubt about it" Stanley Lord, Captain SS Californian

"About 20 minutes past one the second officer remarked to me that she was slowly steaming away towards the south-west. He said 'Look at her now; she looks very queer out of the water; her lights look queer'. I looked at her through the glasses after that and her lilghts did not seem natural. She seemed as if eh had a heavy list to starboard.....we were talking about it all the time, till five minutes past two, when she disappeared. I did not think she was exactly in distress. Just that everything was not right with her. I thought she was a tramp steamer and told him so" James Gibson - Apprentice, SS Californian

Difficult to read this without thinking well why the hell didn't you go and see what was going on? The captain is quite keen it seems to me to defend his lack of action and find excuses. HIs crew could see the distress rockets and had reported this to the captain but nothing was done. Seems hard to believe.

I am aware that I have quoted mightily from this book but wanted to give you an example of the testimoney Nic Compton has gathered together from all those involved. Difficult to review such a moving and tragic account but I do urge you to buy and read. Not ashamed to say it made me cry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 5 Feb. 2013
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Alan Tickner (scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a great read. Tells the story from setting sail to the aftermath and inquests. The narative way it is written from the stories of those on board is excellent and makes hard to put down. Well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 1 Dec. 2012
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This is much more effective as a presentation of actual events than a story format would be. It being the actual words of survivors and those involved in the rescue gives the book added authority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 14 Mar. 2013
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It was interesting to read how the enquiries came to their conclusions on the sinking of the Titanic and how they didn't talk to many 3rd class passengers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and moving read., 24 May 2012
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Having felt I had had enough of the Titanic with the Tv reenactments and the newspaper commemorations I did not expect much more than a skim read and the passing of a couple of hours when I was given Titanic on Trial. I was quite wrong. I was gripped from the first page as the story of this night to remember was told using the testimony of the survivors given to the inquiries into the sinking. Like the other review here I was moved by as the events unfolded especially from the lifeboats. THe fact that much of the testimony is so matter of fact and so low key is all the more touching. The Fifth Officer talks of returning after the boat has finally gone down. "I did not return immediately. I had to wait until the yells and the shrieks subsided" He pulls a passenger from the water "It took all the Boats crew to pull the gentleman onto the boat because he was an enormous man... but unfortunately he died. I suppose he was too far gone when we picked him up." The book is full of such tiny stories all linking together to underline the tragedy in a way that the TV or Cameron versions never could. In their own words it tells of the fortitude of the women passengers who took over the rowing in the lifeboats, the problems of returning tto search for survivors and the testimony os those who appeared to see the signs of distress and those who appeared to ignore the warning.
Nic Compton has done a magnificent job in identifying the key elements of the many testimonies and bringing them together into a compelling and moving narrative. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Mar. 2015
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Excellent read. Full of interesting facts.
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