Titanic: Destination Disaster: The Legends and the Reality Revised and Expanded Third Edition

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No other ship or maritime tragedy holds more fascination than the Titanic - and a century after she sank beneath the chill, starlit North Atlantic waters on her maiden voyage, carrying a wide mix of passengers, from the social, artistic and financial elite of two continents to the humblest emigrants on their way to America, the story continues to enthral people of all ages and cultures.Two of the world's foremost authorities present this popular account of the sea’s best-known disaster, expertly summarisizing the ship's brief but glamorous life, from building and launching in Belfast, to the discovery of her remains more than two miles down on the ocean bed, and the subsequent artefact recovery dives and courtroom efforts to protect the wreck. Their own photographic dives to the wreck site feature in this updated third edition of their best-selling paperback, together with a wealth of fascinating new information about the ship and her people, past and present.

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John Eaton was born, raised in Easton, Pennsylvania and educated at Lafayette College. He has written and lectured extensively on the Titanic and dived to the wreck two-and-a-half miles down. Based in the US, he was one of two  founders of the Titanic International Society (1989), a shipping history and research organization with members worldwide. He is a long time consultant and speaker for a number of Titanic related projects as well as apppearing on TV and radio as a featured guest.

Charles A. Haas was born in Queens, NY and has written and lectured extensively on the Titanic and dived to the wreck two-and-a-half miles down. Based in the US, he was one of two founders of the Titanic International Society (1989), a shipping history and research organization with members worldwide. He has been a consultant to many Titanic related documentaries and a guest lecturer at anumber of Titanic conventions.

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The authors' opening chapters cover the Titanic's 1912 sinking after colliding with an iceberg. Then the narrative sails backward in time to log the ship's entire storyfrom construction and outfitting to trial runs, provisioning (with itemized lists of cutlery, foodstuffs and linen), booking of passengers, maiden voyage and the subsequent investigations and lawsuits. The final chapter elaborates on efforts to locate the Titanic, which were recently successful. While this tightly written, fact-filled account combines "new historical details" with past documentation and research, and succeeds on that level, the work is eclipsed by the 130 illustrations, which provide a step-by-step story in pictures of the liner's short life, including shots of the near-collision at Southampton with the New York, views of survivors in lifeboats approaching the Carpathia and pictures of the Woods Hole expedition.
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