on 23 April 2016
For those who want to learn and relish in the messages sent to and from Titanic during her tragic voyage of April 1912, this book will do just that. The Bodleian Library in Oxford received a large bulk of the original messages in 2004 and of which they now keep within their archives. They give a unique and fascinating, if somewhat poignant, reminder of the disaster decades before the world was introduced to today's modern technology of communications. Compiled by two of the Bodleian archivists, Titanic Calling takes the reader through the basics of the Marconi system fitted on board Titanic, those that supplied it, those that ran it and those ships that communicated with Titanic before, during and after the sinking. The book not only tells the story of these messages, their purpose, but also lists the messages, their call signs and a large collection of the Marconigrams. And you do not even have to be a Titanorac to enjoy this publication. Highly recommended.
on 24 March 2014
I ordered this book because I have many Titanic books and wanted to start buying books with a certain subject rather than general ones. Plus I had been practising morse code for a while so wouldn't totally be a doo-dah with it. I really like the book itself, it has everything in it you need to understand the subject and learn interesting things. I haven't finished the book yet as I am half way through about 3 different books and I save this for certain moods as I know I will get through it very quick plus it is really mellow and chilled whereas times where I have a lot of time or concentration are needed when I read more in-depth books like the 300 page book on the Californian.
Sorry for the essay but overall I really like the book and would recommend it to anyone.