Synopses & Reviews
A poignant look at the most vivid, dramatic transatlantic crossings of World War I
As World War I loomed, the transatlantic passenger trade was at its peak, and as the enormity of the conflict grew, liners were conscripted into service. In an attempted blockade to cut off supplies, Germany began sinking Allied merchant vessels until by war's end just 351 U-boats sank more than 5,000 merchant ships, killing 15,000 sailors. This book recounts what it was like for both the military and civilians to experience a transatlantic voyage in a time of war and uncertainty, at risk from any number of dangers, including U-boats, mines, and enemy surface vessels. Attacks were frequent and tragedy all too common. This little-known chapter of the 20th century is explored here with engrossing narrative and a large quantity of rare and unpublished first-hand accounts, illustrations, and photographs.
About the Author
Tad Fitch is the coauthor of On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic and Report into the Loss of SS Titanic. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike Poirier has been researching ships and shipwrecks for more than 20 years. He lives in Rhode Island. Hugh Brewster is the coauthor of 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic and the author of Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage. He lives in Toronto.