11 Titanic Books That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

It’s April 15, 2020.  On this day 108 years ago, Titanic sank at 2:20AM and took 1,496 lives with her.  Many people were on the ship to start a new life in America or just returning home.  The world was changed upon learning about this maritime disaster.  In the memory of those who have died, here are eleven books from historians, as well as Titanic survivors, that are really interesting recounts of the disaster.   image via amazon 1. a night to remember: the sinking of the titanic Not too many people heard the sound of Titanic hitting the iceberg, …

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It’s April 15, 2020.  On this day 108 years ago, Titanic sank at 2:20AM and took 1,496 lives with her.  Many people were on the ship to start a new life in America or just returning home.  The world was changed upon learning about this maritime disaster.  In the memory of those who have died, here are eleven books from historians, as well as Titanic survivors, that are really interesting recounts of the disaster.

 

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1. a night to remember: the sinking of the titanic

Not too many people heard the sound of Titanic hitting the iceberg, but it was very recognizable to the lookouts and crew onboard.  In the next two hours and forty minutes, the maiden voyage of Titanic became one of the worst maritime disasters in history.  Walter Lord bases this book off of sixty-three survivor accounts for a moment-by-moment account of one of the bleakest nights in the twentieth century.

 

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2. Titanic: a survivor’s story

Colonel Archibald Gracie was one of the last to leave the sinking ship in the early hours of April 15.  In his account, he describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the freezing North-Atlantic water, painting a vivid picture on what life was like aboard the vessel in its final hours.  Colonel Gracie tracked down other survivors for their stories of the disaster and attended court hearings to obtain official record for his book, all the while succumbing to diabetes.  He finished his book shortly before his death.

 

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3. titanic survivor: the memoirs of violet jessop

Violet Jessop spent her entire career at sea, traveling on more than 200 voyages. She was a stewardess for first-class passengers on Titanic when it sank on its maiden voyage.  She was even on Titanic’s two sister ships, Olympic and Britannic, when they too experienced disasters that she had survived: Olympic hit a ship and Britannic sank after hitting a mine.  She admits that she didn’t like big ships and was secretly afraid of them.  In this account, she says that on the night of the sinking she saw to the needs of the passengers first before she could even find a coat for herself, she was given a ‘forgotten baby’ in a lifeboat, and she watched the ship go down “as if by looking I could keep her afloat.”  In this memoir, we learn about what life was like for those who worked on the ships.

 

 

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4. the night lives on: the untold stories and secrets behind the sinking of the “unsinkable” ship-titanic

Walter Lord’s book was a landmark work that recounted the horrible events on the night of Titanic’s sinking.  His book takes the exploration further and reveals information about the ship that hadn’t emerged until decades later.  Such questions Lord addresses in his book are, ‘Was the ship really christened before setting sail on its maiden voyage?’, ‘What song did the band play as water spilled over the bow?’, ‘How did the ship’s wireless operators fail so badly, and why did the nearby Californian, just ten miles away when Titanic struck the iceberg, not come to the rescue?’.  Lord tries to answer these questions in his investigation.

 

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5. the truth about the titanic

With the ship in her last minutes above water, Colonel Archibald Gracie was one of the last few people to escape the sinking Titanic by clinging to an overturned collapsible lifeboat before being rescued.  In another of his books, Colonel Gracie writes about his experience on the night of the sinking as well as the testimony he gave at the inquiry that followed.

 

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6. the loss of the s.s. titanic-it’s story and its lessons

Lawrence Beesley published this book just nine weeks after the Titanic had sank.  His account opens with his story of arriving ashore in New York and soon after walking through the doors of Messrs.  He writes to record the events of the sinking and to ‘set the record straight.’  He captures both the view of the lifeboat he was in and the view from the deck of the ship itself in his spellbinding tale of that fateful night.

 

 

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7. on a sea of glass: the life and loss of the rms titanic

In this book, the authors bring the tragedy of the sinking of Titanic to life, telling the story of the ship’s design, construction, and maiden voyage, in an attempt to understand how a brand new ship could sink.  The authors also bring to light stories of individuals who sailed on her and their rarely seen accounts of the sinking.  They all tell a dramatic story of those who were lost and those who were saved, and what happened in the world after word of Titanic’s sinking went around.  The book is made special by using rare survivor accounts from the eye witnesses of that night.

 

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8. discovery of the titanic

Robert Ballare discovered Titanic in September of 1985 in a Franco-American expedition.  This book is a pictorial record of his expedition, filled with high quality color and black-and-white images.  He compares the modern-day pictures, at the time of discovery, to what she looked like before her sinking.  He discusses other attempts made to discover Titanic, goes into an account of the sinking, and finally describes the events that led up to the ship’s discovery.

 

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9. return to titanic

In this book, Robert Ballard co-authors with Michael Sweeney to review Titanic’s history and the events leading up to her demise.  Ballard describes his dream of turning the ship into an underwater museum, being easily explored from above by computer.  In a specific writing detail says, “[the] mast from which the lookouts issued warnings had collapsed into the well deck [on the wreck]”.  The writing is sure to excite any Titanic-philes who are interested in the ship.

 

 

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10. titanic: an illustrated history

This book is written by Robert Ballard and is illustrated by Ken Marschall.  It features dozens of meticulously accurate and full-color paintings and includes a fold-out illustration of the entirety of Titanic.  Ballard offers his wealth of information about how a ship regarded as ‘practically unsinkable’ sank on April 15, 1912.

 

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11. ken marschall’s art of the titanic

Ken Marschall has a large collection of Titanic paintings that are both stunning and incredibly accurate renditions of the former ocean liner.  This book even includes the image of the September 1985 TIME magazine cover when the wreck of Titanic was discovered.

 

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