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All About History Book of The Titanic

All About History Book of The Titanic

5th Edition

More than 100 years on, the tragic sinking of the Titanic still grips our imagination. This book follows the lives of those on board, the aftermath and quest for justice, and the more recent expeditions to preserve the wreckage of the ship itself.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

2 min.

Perhaps no ship in history has engendered such continued worldwide fascination as the White Star Line’s ill-fated Titanic. The largest man-made object ever to have been moved when she was launched at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard in May 1911, within the next 10 months she had also become the most luxuriously opulent ship ever to grace the waves. Everything about her was stunningly impressive, from her remarkable carved and moulded interiors, to the sheer massiveness of her component parts, to her technical features based on cutting-edge maritime technology. Yet, despite design and workmanship that led to her being branded by some as “unsinkable”, she took more than 1,500 passengers to watery graves after only five days of her maiden voyage, the result of a collision with an iceberg in…

4 min.
the age of the liner

The era of Titanic marked the apogee of transatlantic luxury cruising. In a time before air travel, the grand ocean liner was the most impressive and luxurious form of transportation in the world, the embodiment of both opulence and man’s continuing achievement. But the ships that plied the oceans were also the result of competition founded on the burning desire for financial profits. In 1839, Samuel Cunard won a contract with the British government to provide a fortnightly mail service from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston. Within a year, the Cunard Line had produced Britannia, the first purpose-built ocean liner. Soon afterwards, other new Cunard ships – Acadia, Caledonia and Columbia – joined Britannia in the first regularly scheduled steamship service to North America, taking approximately 14 days for the passage.…

1 min.
largest and fastest

City of New York and City of Paris were stunning achievements because they were the first liners weighing more than 9,072 tonnes (10,000 tons), while also having the speed to gain the Blue Riband. The following ships are those that held the distinction of being the world’s largest liner at the same time as holding the speed record for crossing the Atlantic. NDL = Norddeutscher Lloyd CGT = Compagnie Générale Transatlantique WB = westbound; EB = eastbound…

5 min.
the concept

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Cunard, the last major transatlantic shipping line with strictly British ownership, was under threat of takeover by J P Morgan’s IMMC, which had already acquired the Dominion Line, Red Star Line, Holland-Amerika Line and, in 1902, the White Star Line. In addition, Cunard ships were being outperformed by Norddeutscher Lloyd’s Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and a new, even faster ship: Deutschland of the Hamburg-Amerika Line. It was clear that Cunard needed faster, more lavish ships to compete with the Germans and the IMMC, but the company did not have the funding, so Lord Inverclyde, Cunard’s chairman, turned to the British government for help. Set against a backdrop of British unease with growing German power, he negotiated a multimillionpound loan and an annual subsidy. In…

1 min.
the competition

In order that Cunard could put both new ships into service as quickly as possible, Lusitania and Mauretania were built at separate shipyards. This resulted in a competitive spirit that saw the shipbuilders incorporate every innovation they thought might make their respective ship the best. Although they appeared similar on the outside, the interiors contrasted starkly with one another: Lusitania’s gold leaf on plaster gave it an open, airy feeling, while the oak, mahogany and other dark wood of Mauretania produced a more sober, subdued atmosphere. Although Mauretania was faster, Lusitania ultimately proved more popular with passengers.…

1 min.
what kind of engine?

One of the key questions for shipbuilders at the start of the twentieth century was whether to power ships with traditional, piston-based reciprocating engines or with the more recent steam turbine. Cunard tested this in sister ships brought into service in 1905. Carmania’s steam turbine proved faster and more economical than Caronia’s reciprocating engine, leading Cunard to put turbines in both Lusitania and Mauretania. Similarly, White Star’s Megantic used reciprocating engines and her sister Laurentic a combination of the two engines. Based on Laurentic’s success, combination engines were designed for Olympic and Titanic.…