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This review is from: The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic (Revealing History): Olympic, Titanic and Britannic (Paperback)
Fascinating details about the three sister ships, probably the most magnificent ever built, only one of which survived more than a year. My favorite story: When the Titanic went down and the Olympic's captain offered to come to help the rescue, the Carpathia's captain advised "that it was not advisable for the survivors to see Titanic's nearly-identical-looking sister." Indeed! Then there's the story of Violet Jessop, who sailed on all three ships, including two of them when they sank.
The book is fluidly written, and lavishly illustrated with photographs rarely seen in other books. My only quibble with the book is one factual superficiality: Chirnside says "Titanic had finally been located 13.5 miles to the south-east of Fourth Officer Boxhall's position, while it is hotly debated how he could have been so wrong." Excuse me, but Boxhall gave out a position that was so accurate that when the Carpathia finally arrived for the rescue, the Carpathia captain congratulated Boxhall for being so accurate. How the Titanic managed to drift 13.5 miles away to where Dr. Ballard found it, is a great mystery to this day (underwater currents and a massive under-seabed tsunami earthquake that occurred around 1920, appear to be the best answer).
This book is so rich in detail, and so well-written, that you get "hooked" and can't put it down... A prodigious effort, masterfully executed.
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