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The Loss of the S. S. Titanic

Lawrence Beesley

Book Overview: 

This is a 1st hand account written by a survivor of the Titanic about that fateful night and the events leading up to it as well as the events that followed its sinking.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Titanic struck the berg with a force of impact of over a million foot-tons; her plates were less than an inch thick, and they must have been cut through as a knife cuts paper: there would be no need to list; it would have been better if she had listed and thrown us out on the floor, for it would have been an indication that our plates were strong enough to offer, at any rate, some resistance to the blow, and we might all have been safe to-day.

And so, with no thought of anything serious having happened to the ship, I continued my reading; and still the murmur from the stewards and from adjoining cabins, and no other sound: no cry in the night; no alarm given; no one afraid—there was then nothing which could cause fear to the most timid person. But in a few moments I felt the engines slow and stop; the dancing motion and the vibration ceased suddenly after being part of our very existence for four days, and that was the first hint that anything . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Eye-opening insights into one of the worst tragedies in history. It's incredible to me how clueless the passengers were even as they loaded into lifeboats. The myth of the ship's invincibility was so strong, it took hearing the screams of people dying in the water for many to realize something ha...more

Lawrence Beesley’s The Loss of the S.S. Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons is a fascinating book and a must-read for those who are addicted to anything Titanic, as I am. Beesley was an actual passenger on the doomed ship, and he wrote this account only a few months after the sinking. Beesley writ...more

“When the noise was over the Titanic was still upright like a column: we could see her now only as the stern and some 150 feet of her stood outlined against the star-specked sky, looming black in the darkness, and in this position she continued for some minutes—I think as much as five minutes, bu...more

Enlightening account of the voyage, sinking, and aftermath of the sinking from the second-class survivor. We hear so much about first-class passengers is was interesting to read something from a more 'average person' point of view, and doesn't over sell actions as heroic or distraught like anothe...more

This is a first person account of the sinking of the Titanic. I found it interesting to hear the perspective of someone who was on the ship, especially the later chapters where ideas for what could be done to prevent such a thing happening again. Read this if you are interested in the Titanic. Do...more

A brief first-hand account of the sinking of the Titanic. Though by today's standards, it paints an incomplete picture of the entire disaster (as would be expected of a single personal account published not long after the disaster), it was influential in opening the public perception of what happ...more

I finished "A Night To Remember" yesterday at 7;16 am, audiobook. I cried and started researching more books on the Titanic and first hand accounts because I am very quickly learning that 'common' knowledge shouldn't be allowed to contan the term "knowledge." Most of the commonly held beliefs abo...more

The one interesting fact I learned from reading this book was that a rumor started that they were loading the men onto the lifeboats on the other side of the ship so all the men left to go there. He did not know how the rumor started but for some reason he stayed where he was and was offered a sp...more

A seemingly accurate, non-exaggerated account of the terrible maritime disaster. Beesley researched many statistical factors of Titanic's construction and fate and published this novel just 5 weeks after surviving this tragedy himself. Argued one of the most reliable accounts of the disaster by m...more

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