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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 enquiry, 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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 355 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848091511
    ISBN 10: 1848091516
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTD
    DC22: 910.91634
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070, TRV000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJC, 1QSAN
    Thema V1.0: WT, NHB
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    ARROW BOOKS LTD
    Publication date
    05 July 2010
    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 wrote a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called 'The Family Detective'.
    Review quote
    "A splendid collection of eye-witness accounts by those who built, sailed and survived the Titanic. Fascinating and heart-rending" Saul David