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text 2017-04-14 17:29
Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 244 pages.
The Night Lives On - Walter Lord

"...The Board of Trade regulations required her to carry boats for only 962 persons, but the White Star Line liked little flourishes and threw in space for an extra 216. In a "worst case" situation the Titanic might lawfully have gone to sea with lifeboats for only 27% of her passengers and crew."

 

I am always dumbfounded that there was a time before "a boat for every butt". I even read earlier that one of the First Class survivors was offended more of the lower class survived because they took up space in "First Class lifeboats" and more gentry should have lived. It was honestly beyond their realm of understanding that lifeboats were for everybody, and every single passenger deserved to live. 

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review 2017-04-11 23:57
Beyond Reach
Beyond Reach: The Search for the Titanic... Beyond Reach: The Search for the Titanic - Jacob Grimm,William Hoffman

It's hard to imagine a time before we knew where the Titanic rested. But for more that 70 years it slept in the North Atlantic without a soul knowing it's true location. I was drawn in immediately by the prologue of Thomas Andrews, the designer of the Titanic, and his heroic final moments trying to save as many lives as possible while his precious ship foundered. This book, despite being full of science terms I am unfamiliar with, was well written and compelling. It gripped me. I cried, I got goose bumps, I felt for these people- both the Titanic passengers and the Gyre passengers alike. Wow. I am so pleased with this read. They were pioneers in trying to locate the grave of the Queen of the Ocean.

 

 

RIP Thomas Andrews

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text 2017-04-10 18:42
Remembering the RMS Titanic
Beyond Reach: The Search for the Titanic... Beyond Reach: The Search for the Titanic - Jacob Grimm,William Hoffman
The Night Lives On - Walter Lord
The Discovery of the Titanic - Ken Marschall,Rick Archbold,Robert D. Ballard,Walter Lord
LIFE Titanic: The Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later - The Editors of LIFE

This week marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. While it's Easter weekend, I will be delving into some very old original texts from the 80s my father gave me so I can learn to tell fact from fiction in this massive world tragedy. From Walter Lord to Robert Ballard, I've got the best and brightest here. Over 2200 set sail and only 706 survived. I'm eager to learn what historians and scientists believe truly happened to this beautiful, doomed ship. Once I'm done with these, I may then read The Sinking of the Titan to see the eerie similarities. 

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review 2016-12-19 19:31
This is why I don't want to go on a cruise...
Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead. - Matt Solomon,Chris Pauls

When I first got the book,I thought the ship will be full of zombies.But I got a pleasant surprise with first reading about a german scientist.Which makes sense because it was 1912 ,pre-WW1.So this guy was trying to wipe out a virus on land and in doing so learns the government he is working for wants a really cool biological weapon.

 So being the good guy he is,he takes his results and boards the Titanic,and that's when the fun starts.

 

I like zombie reads and I thought this was a fun one.

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review 2016-12-12 15:51
Canada's Titanic: The History and Legacy of the RMS Empress of Ireland - Charles River Editors

Good little history of the shipwreck. Nicely illustrated.

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