I have read many books on the subject, the most recent being the fictional book The Dressmaker. Each person was content with his or her place: those in third class knew better than to aspire upward, those in first would not dream of looking down below. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. Typical is the response from the daughter of first-class passenger Leila Meyer, who escaped in lifeboat number six and who lost her husband, Edgar. Some shamelessly tried to turn loss into profit but there are many moving tales and perhaps for me the most moving of many quotes from the survivors comes from one of two French boys placed in the lifeboat by their ftaher who had taken them away from their mother effectively kidnapped them. In Shadow of the Titanic, Andrew Wilson offers a moving look at how their lives were affected by living through this catastrophic event. I can't say that either book painted a particularly flattering portrait of them although this book provided a more complete picture.
Shadow of the Titanictells the extraordinary stories of some of those who survived. One, of course, is the hubris. Either way the survivors were haunted by what they saw and heard the night the Titanic sunk and they carried the memories like a weight for the rest of their lives. There is really little to commend these people to anyone: the children are blameless, of course, and the women for the most part were passive creatures herded onto the lifeboats by the men on the ship. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. These three Jacks — a blend of myth and reality, past and future, tragedy and hope — are fine emblems of why we still care about that long-ago night full of icebergs and egos, heroes and villains, and a tragedy for the ages.
A really beautifully-written exploration of survivors guilt. She died a broken woman who was suspected of taking an overdose of sleeping pills. One thing that I found slightly lacking was the focus on the 'average' passengers, and that may be simply because their stories were either not as accessible, or not as glamorous, but I would have loved to know a little less about some of the more famous survivors, and more about the people that are rarely discussed - the people that lost everything and had to start again from scratch. What was really strange was the story of Lady Duff's kimono that she wore on the night of the sinking. Wilson counts the ways, often effectively and affectingly.
Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. However the author described the dying thoughts and actions of several people as if he had been there and was privy to their last thoughts. How did the events of that horrific night in the icy waters of the North Atlantic affect the lives of those who lived to tell the tale? ¹ For crew member George Kemish the sound was forever seared on his consciousness. I knew quite a bit about who was on Titanic but not too much much about how the sinking affected their lives after. An interesting book, though it gave me nightmares for a few days afterwards! Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? They would have saved nearly all the 1,500 people who died. I would rather die a hundred times than go through such an experience and live. Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. This book, as the title indicates, is intended to inform the reader of the post-shipwreck lives of what are presumably the survivors most worthy of note. ¹² Captain Smith, in an interview five years before his final voyage aboard the Titanic, stated, I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. From chapter six, page 209-210: Excerpts from a letter from a young girl named Elsie Stormont to Bruce Ismay. And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town? There's a bit of a depressing angle to this at times, to be Good overall.
All those years, and I could never put that noise out of my head. After that, documents and interviews are used as survivors live out the rest of their lives. Of the 143 women in first class £875 a ticket , four died - three because they refused to leave the ship. The Titanic was the biggest, most luxurious passenger ship the world had ever seen; the ads proclaimed it to be unsinkable. Some survivors went heavily into debt, perhaps as a coping mechanism.
Compare that to the German gentleman who actually injured a woman by jumping on her as she sat in a lifeboat! This story was quite interesting, a new take on a story we all know. Most of the stories are of first-class passengers, with a handful from second-class and virtually no one from third-class. Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did they manage to move on with their lives after experiencing such trauma? The stranger asked had she really been saved from the Titanic. Legends abound about whether the ship's maiden voyage was cursed.
Bruce Ismay, may be familiar to most, but the author includes some not so well known: actress Dorothy Gibson, theater producer Renee Harris, Philadelphia teen Jack Thayer, newlyweds Helen and Dickinson Bishop, Robert Williams Daniel from Richmond, Va. It reminded him of the screams of that night, says his son Thomas. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. It literally is the stories of those who survived this terrible ordeal. Many survivors exhibited similar symptoms of what would now be recognised as post-traumatic shock disorder. Bruce Ismay was managing director of the White Star Line, the man responsible for building the Titanic and for vetoing an extra 48 lifeboats for reasons of cost. It left me with the question so many pondered after the sinking.