Saturday, April 20, 2013
"Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic" My Thoughts
A graphic and thrilling account of the sinking of the greatest floating palace ever built, carrying down to watery graves more than 1,500 souls
With newly commissioned artwork, 'Wreck and Sinking of the ‘Titanic’ is a deluxe reproduction of the 1912 memorial edition edited by the great descriptive writer Marshall Everett and published immediately after the event occurred. This collectible volume gives a sobering account of the disaster, detailing exciting escapes from death and acts of heroism not equaled in ancient or modern times.
This month being the 101 year anniversary of this disaster I thought I would read a book to commemorate the tragedy. I don't know that this would be a book for everyone, but I found it interesting in that it was not a novel, but actual accounts of what survivors remembered of that catastrophic night. Here is one example....
Emile Portaluppi of Aricgabo, Italy escaped death when the Titanic went down. Portaluppi, a second-class passenger, was awakened by the explosion of one of the boilers of the ship. He hurried to the deck, strapped a life preserver around him and leaped into the sea.
With the aid of the preserver and by holding to a cake of ice he managed to keep afloat until one of the lifeboats picked him up. There were thirty-five other people in the boat when he was hauled aboard. (pg. 206.)
This book was so interesting to me as a piece of history, it being written right after the disaster in 1912. After all these years much more has been found out about the Titanic. In 1985 the ship was found on the bottom of the ocean floor and they were able to piece together more information about why the Ship sank.
If you are a history buff and like reading things about the Titanic, and haven't read this account, I think you would like it.
This book is part of my personal library.