RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world when she set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, USA, on 10 April 1912.
Four days into the crossing, near midnight on 14 April 1912, she struck an iceberg, opening up a gash in her hull. CQD and SOS messages were sent via radio, but no ships were close enough to get to her for some time.
Titanic sank at 2:20 the following morning, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Titanic was owned by the White Star Line and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
The high casualty rate with the Titanic sinking was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people.
It was a case of women and children first, with many passengers and crew unable to get onto a lifeboat. Those who did get to a lifeboat did not want to risk rowing back to pick up the survivors from the icy water for fear that their boat would capsize. All they could do was sit and listen to the screams as people drowned or died of exposure.
Titanic was designed by some of the most experienced engineers, and used some of the most advanced technologies available at the time. It was a great shock to many that, despite the extensive safety features, she sank.
But what was it like to actually be on the Titanic?
Lawrence Beesley was a science teacher, journalist and author who was a survivor of the tragedy. In this dramatic real-life tale Beesley tells first hand what it was like to be on the Titanic as it plunged into the icy waters of the North Atlantic on that fateful night.
As well as describing the voyage, the collision with the iceberg and the subsequent sinking, Beesley documents what could have been done to save the 1,500 plus people who perished.
His account, and others, resulted in many changes to maritime law and procedure in an effort to make sure that a disaster of Titanic’s proportions should never happen again. “The loss of the S.S. Titanic – its story and its lessons” was first published in 1912, shortly after the disaster.
Now republished by InfoTech Communications, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the accident, the 116-page paperback book is available via Lulu.com, delivered straight to your door wherever you live in the world.
Or, if you prefer, you can order an electronic e-book version, just follow this link.