DARKSOME BOUNDS OF A FAILING WORLD:


DARKSOME BOUNDS OF A FAILING WORLD:

GARETH RUSSELL    Book Number: 88773    Product format: Paperback

The catastrophic voyage of the Titanic marked a historical tragedy and the end of the Edwardian Era as the twentieth century rolled in. Gareth Russell grew up listening to the stories of the Titanic from his great-grandfather and has put together an original book through his research around six first-class passengers. This is a historic piece that explores the ship's importance across three countries, including its rise above the east Belfast skyline while being constructed, its decoration in accordance with British taste and its bountiful funding from American money. Russell discusses the potential reasons why the 'Queen of the Ocean' was at half capacity, whether that was the uncertainty in travelling following recent British miners' strikes, or the fact that the ship was taking to the seas in Spring before the popular Summer season. Discover the experience of life on deck during the liner's course to America, sitting at the dinner table with Captain Smith who refused to drink alcohol, relaxing in the Verandah Café which was split into two rooms (one that allowed smoking and the other, which was particularly popular with mothers and their children), and applaud the music of lead violinist Wallace Hartley alongside his seven bandmates who spent their time at sea moving between the Entrance Foyer for the second glass guests and at the Grand Staircase's vestibule leading to the Boat Deck for First Class. Learn about the technical errors that allegedly contributed to the tragic accident including theories on the errors within the coal fire in Boiler Room 5, the quality of the steel or rivets used during construction by Harland and Wolff, and the failure to extend the watertight compartments higher than E-Deck as well as only giving the ship a too small rudder. Additionally, the book includes stunning photographs in both colour and monochrome to provide insight into people's experience of the Titanic, from pieces of artwork which depict the tragic moments such as 'Rescue of the Survivors of the Titanic by the Carpathia' by Colin Campbell Cooper and 'Luxuries Versus Lifeboats' in which the Grim Reaper taunts the ship, to photographs of the remains of the ship's grand staircase under water and portraits of Jack Thayer aged 17 when he boarded the ship, the Countess of Rothes after her training as a Red Cross nurse, and Thomas Andrews with his wife Helen and their daughter Elizabeth - all of whose stories you will discover in this book. Experience an intimate narrative. Paperback, colour and b/w photographs, 442pp.
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ISBN 9780008296780
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