Titanic and the Californian

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Through history there are a number of events that capture the imagination of generations. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what made a particular event so durable in public memory, generating a large number of books on every conceivable aspect of the event and every theory and belief. The story of the sinking of the Titanic is one such event. Now almost a century has passed since this great liner met tragedy and sank with loss of life in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. At the time of the sinking public interest was naturally very strong. This ship had been described as unsinkable and yet she sank. She was described as a luxury liner although she included a large number of immigrants crammed into very basic accommodation. She carried all the safety aids of the time including wireless. She sank after striking an iceberg and that was unusual. However, that initial and natural interest has been maintained through the generations and become if anything stronger and more international. The discovery of the wreck by deep diving submarines added new dimensions to the story but the publication of yet more books would have been inevitable without that discovery. What has kept the story alive is the mixture of fact, theory and belief. In this new book, the author has introduced new material and has taken a journalist’s approach to one aspect of the event.

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