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    DescriptionStarting from its original conception and design by the owners and naval architects at the White Star Line through construction at Harland and Wolff's shipyards in Belfast, Nick Barratt explores the pre-history of the Titanic. He examines the aspirations of the owners, the realities of construction and the anticipation of the first sea-tests, revealing that the seeds of disaster were sown by the failure to implement sealed bulkheads - for which the original plans are now available. Barratt then looks at what it was like to embark on the Titanic's maiden voyage in April 1912. The lives of various passengers are examined in more detail, from the first class aristocrats enjoying all the trappings of privilege, to the families in third-class and steerage who simply sought to leave Britain for a better life in America. Similarly, the stories of representatives from the White Star Line who were present, as well as members of the crew, are told in their own words to give a very different perspective of the voyage. Finally, the book examines the disaster itself, when Titanic struck the iceberg on 14 April and sunk hours later. Survivors from passengers and crew explain what happened, taking you back in time to the full horror of that freezing Atlantic night when up to 1,520 people perished. The tragedy is also examined from the official boards of inquiry, and its aftermath placed in a historic context - the damage to British prestige and pride, and the changes to maritime law to ensure such an event never took place again. The book concludes by looking at the impact on those who escaped, and what became of them in the ensuing years; and includes the words of the last living survivor, Millvina Dean.


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    Title
    Lost Voices from the "Titanic"
    Subtitle
    The Definitive Oral History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nick Barratt
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848091498
    ISBN 10: 1848091494
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    DC22: 910.91634
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Preface Publishing
    Publication date
    01 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996. He started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher. He is also in demand as a speaker on popular history and genealogy following his work as a presenter, reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history for the BBC on Who Do You Think You Are? Nick also writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called 'The Family Detective'.