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Entering service a full ten months ahead of Titanic, the Olympic was a near identical sister ship,the fi rst of a class of three liners, two of which would sink. Wade Sisson tells the story of the Olympic on the fateful night of April 14 - 15 1912, how she was 500 miles away, outbound from New York, when her wireless operator first heard Titanic's distress calls. Olympic's Captain Herbert J. Haddock and his crew prepared their ship for a rescue mission, and for the next several hours steamed full speed ahead toward the scene of the disaster. When word came that Titanic was gone, Olympic's mission of hope turned into a voyage of gloom as passengers and crew struggled to make sense of the disaster. Olympic's captain offered to take on Titanic survivors who had been rescued by the Carpathia but was ordered to stay out of view by those who worried that the sight of the sister ship would traumatize the survivors. Olympic instead became a relay station that transmitted the list of survivors from the rescue ship to anxious officials and relatives in the US. This is the story of the first of three ships meant to dominate the North Atlantic and the night that plan came to a stunning, horrifying end. Olympic's role in the Titanic disaster has been a mere footnote to history - until now.
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Wade Sisson has been researching the Olympics’ story for the past decade. He has concentrated on the short few days in April 1912 that changed the world, and in which Olympic played a major part. He lives on the eastern seaboard of the USA.Review:
‘I don't believe anyone has covered the Olympic's role in the disaster in depth the way this author has. There are first hand accounts from diaries, letters, and newspaper interviews that makes the reader feel they are aboard during this important crossing...fresh angle on the Titanic disaster and Olympic's important role in it.’ (Encyclopedia Titanica)
"...contains a generous selection of photographs including a few of Olympic that the reviewer has not seen. ... Mr. Sisson is to be congratulated on a job well done, and I would recommend this book." (The Titanic Commutator: The Official Journal of the Titanic Historical Society 1st Quarter: May-July 2012; Volume 37, Number 197)
"This is the story of the first of three ships meant to dominate the North Atlantic and the night that plan came to a stunning, horrifying end. This is an excellent and well-researched book and I highly recommend it." (Shipping Today and Yesterday)
"This is certainly one of the more interesting books to read about the sinking of the Titanic and it finally draws the spotlight back to Olympic." (Nautilus International Telegraph January)
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Book Description Amberley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 2011. Soft Cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. First Edition. 160 pages, b&w images and illustrations, notes, epilogue. Entering service a full ten months ahead of Titanic, the Olympic was a near identical sister ship, the first of a class of three liners, two of which would sink. Wade Sisson tells the story of the Olympic on that fateful night, how she was a mere 350 miles away, outward bound from New York back to Southampton. Titanicís faint distress signals were heard by the Olympic and her Captain, Haddock, prepared her for the rescue mission. Steaming at full speed towards the scene of the disaster, she was readied to receive passengers and crew from the doomed liner. Seller Inventory # 339023
Book Description Amberley Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111445600269
Book Description Amberley Publishing, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00EKYZGAG