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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - the Beeb at its best!, 8 April 2012
This review is from: The Titanic: Voices from the BBC Archive (Audio CD)
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If I could give this CD set 6 stars I would because it is superb. This collection of recordings from the BBC Archive, interspersed with narration by Tim Pigot Smith, really brings home both the triumph and the tragedy of the birth and death of the 'Titanic'. Whilst it must be remembered that memories can become hazy over time, the stories that the survivors have to tell are sometimes harrowing, sometimes uplifting, and sometimes angry. The confusion amongst crew members, conflicting orders being given, no boat drill before the ship sailed, too few lifeboats, preferential treatment of first class passengers, and above all the assumption fuelled by the press that the Titanic was unsinkable only served to make this tragedy worse. Corners were cut during the building of the ship as well, unsuitable rivets and cheap steel being used in areas where strength was needed most. And this where no expense was spared in the outfitting of the ship, particuarly on the first class deck. For me, one of the most memorable stories was that of Edith Russell who refused to leave without her lucky pig musical box. She pleaded with a steward to fetch it from her cabin, which he did, but she was too afraid to get into a lifeboat. However, she did go when her pig was thrown into a lifeboat and desperate not to lose it and her luck she eventually got in. This lifeboat had a number of very frightened, crying children in it which distressed her; but she remembered her pig, and although it was damaged she found it could still play its tune. She used this to amuse and quieten the children. There are many more tales of courage and some bitterness too. If any listener wishes to hear more of these stories then please log on to [...]. The earliest recording is that of C H Lightoller made in 1936, and the most recent would appear to have been made in the late 1980s. Ancestry.co.uk have released a Titanic collection to coincide with the 100th Anniversay of her sinking, these records are free to view until 11.59pm on 31st May 2012.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2013 13:36:02 BDT
Brent Holt says:
There is really no evidence that corners were cut during Titanic's construction. She was the second of 3 nearly identical sisterships and Olympic, the first of the class, had a long and successful career. The Harland & Wolff shipyards had an excellent reputation for building superb ships. Titanic sank because she hit and iceberg and the damage was beyond what her rather extensive watertight subdivision could withstand.

I may very well have to purchase this CD, however. It "sounds" good.
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