On Board RMS Titanic Paperback – 24 Dec 2010
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About the Author
George Behe is a former vice president of the "Titanic "Historical Society. He has acted as a consultant for several "Titanic" documentaries and books, and has written numerous articles about the ship for the "Titanic" Historical Society's journal. He is the author of "Titanic: Safety, Speed and Sacrifice." He lives in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It is clear that while many were excited at the prospect of sailing on such a huge ship, others worried about her sheer size. Some passengers put their affairs in order before embarking, others had premonitions of disaster and some saw the trip as routine. Letters sent during the voyage (when the ship docked at Cherbourg and Queenstown before heading for New York) present a wonderful first hand account of the ship, before she became linked forever to disaster. Passengers write of being impressed with the rooms, the facilities and the food. Everything is described as elegant and most report enjoying themselves on board. Passengers write of everyday concerns - worry about a train ticket when they arrive in New York, a man asking his wife to buy the football papers for him while he is away and another reassuring his wife that they have been testing the steel doors which sealed off the compartments, "so you see it would be impossible for the ship to be sunk..." Others comment it is like being on land or in a hotel, while one man writes, "she has everything but taxicabs and theatres.Read more ›
It was refreshing to see a new book on the subject not laced with conspiracy theories or the same-old worn out factual mistakes that are reproduced again and again. There are literally dozens of Titanic books coming out in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking in 2012, many of which I am really looking forward to reading. However, this one definitely deserves a place at the top of your list.
George has collected many dozens of letters and accounts for this book. Many were originally published shortly after the disaster, and have not been available since that time, and some have not been published at all, but saved by family members. Some letters were even written before the Titanic sailed, by people writing in anticipation of the voyage. Other accounts were written on the Carpathia, when the events of the sinking were fresh in a survivors mind, and more written shortly afterwards, in 1912 and 1913. No matter how much knowledge you may have of the events on Titanic the night of the sinking, this book has some gems you've never read about before.
This book is a "must have" for anyone interested in reading about, or researching, the Titanic.