This is a highly readable account of this legendary ship and her people. The authors have used a generous number of first hand accounts which help to bring their book to life. Not surprisingly, in view of the book’s co-production with Southampton City Council both White Star and Titanic’s links to the Hampshire city are fully covered which adds an interesting perspective to a popular subject. The detailed text is fully supported by a wonderful collection of B/W images and a good colour section.
This book really lives up to its subtitle of a chronicle in words and pictures. Now in its second edition which has already been reprinted a number of times the authors cover the full story of this maritime legend beginning with the background to her construction and a profile of her owners and builders. They swiftly move onto a detailed account of her brief career and her subsequent tragic loss. The account is enhanced by the reproduction of original documentation such as tickets and the freight list. The photographic collection is truly impressive with pictures of most aspects of her story including many of those who sailed in her. The story does not stop there with coverage of the rescue of the survivors, the subsequent inquiries and the discovery and exploration of the wreck.
The story begins on 14th April as Titanic steams towards her fatefulrendezvous with destiny. From there the auhtors tell the story of her collision with the iceberg and her subsequent demise. The last two chapters cover the various attempts to locate the wreck including Dr Ballard’s successful 1985 expedition. There are also photographs of some of the artefacts recovered by later expeditions to the wreck. The book is well illustrated throughout and is an affordable account of the Titanic story.