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All About History Book of The TitanicAll 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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all about history book of the titanic

As the Titanic pulled away from the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast in May 1911, she was the largest man-made object ever to be in motion. By the time her maiden voyage began on 10 April, 1912, Titanic was also the most opulent, luxurious ship ever to grace the waves. Perhaps what grips us most about this story, and what has continued to do so for over a century, is the vast difference between this ship’s potential, the expectations of her, and the eventual tragedy that consumed her. Here you will find the true story behind a tale that has become legendary, from the plans and dimensions from which the ship was born, to the treacherous conditions that would prove her end. You’ll gain insights into the lives and ordeals…

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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…

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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.Near an old naval sailing vessel is White Star’s Celtic. Although not as long as Oceanic II, at 19,051 tonnes (21,000 tons) Celtic was the world’s largest ship in 1901.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,…

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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.J P Morgan played a key role in the transatlantic passenger trade, ships were only a small part of his economic empire. He died in Rome, while returning from Egypt, the year after Titanic sank.NDL = Norddeutscher LloydCGT = Compagnie Générale TransatlantiqueWB = westbound; EB = eastbound ■…

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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.Mauretania already held the Blue Riband, but when her three-bladed propellers were changed to four blades, she produced a transatlantic speed record (26.06 knots) that lasted for decades.William Pirrie joined Harland & Wolff at 15 as an apprentice draughtsman. Within a decade he rose to head designer. Eventually he became a partner and later company chairman.It was clear that…

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the competition

Cunard’s Lusitania, which, at the time of her launch, was the largest ship in the world.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. ■…