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little-known chapter of the 20th century is explored here with engrossing narrative and a large quantity of rare and unpublished first-hand accounts, illustrations, and photographs.
An incredible group of experts reappraise the loss of the Titanic based on evidence that has come to light since the discovery of the wreck in 1985 Here, a team of dedicated, passionate, and expert authors issue their modern-day version of the report on the Titanic, with all the benefits of hindsight. Following the basic layout of the report, this ultimate Titanic reference book, provides fascinating insights into the ship herself, the American and British inquiries, the passengers and crew, the fateful journey and ice warnings received, the damage and sinking, protocol and process of rescue, the circumstances in connection with the SS Californian and SS Mount Temple, and the aftermath and ramifications around the world. These experts offer the last words on the subject, 100 years on.
The definitive study on this famous and highly successful White Star liner
Sitting around a dining room table in 1907, the owners of the White Star Line discussed their competition to the newly-built Cunard liners, Lusitania and Mauretania. From that smoke-filled room came the first designs of three White Star superliners. Olympic and Titanic were to be built at Harland & Wolff's yard in Belfast, while the third ship was to follow after construction had been completed on the first pair of sisters. The only ship to make a return passenger voyage was Olympic and she was always overshadowed by her younger sisters. This is the definitive story of Titanic's sister RMS Olympic.
About the Author
Samuel Halpern has written 25 articles on Titanic and is a member of the Titanic Historical Society and Titanic International Society. He lives in Chicago. Cathy Akers-Jordan is a professor at University of Michigan-Flint who has presented at the Titanic Symposium at the Maine Maritime Academy. She lives in Davison, Michigan. Geoge Behe is the author of Titanic: Safety, Speed and Sacrifice. He lives in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Bruce Beveridge is a coauthor of Titanic: The Ship Magnificent. He lives in Chicago. Mark Chirnside is the author of The Olympic Class Ships, RMS Aquitania, RMS Majestic, and RMS Olympic. Tad Fitch is a Titanic scholar who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Dave Gittins is a Titanic scholar. He lives in Brook Park, Ohio. Steve Hall is a coauthor of Titanic: The Ship Magnificent. Lester J Mitcham is a Titanic scholar. Captain Charles Weeks is a professor of marine transportation and nautical science at the Maine Maritime Academy. He lives in Maine. Bill Wormstedt is an Olympic scholar. He lives in Washington. J. Kent Layton is the author of Lusitania. He lives in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.