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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

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Edited, A haunting first hand account of the sinking of The Titanic. One of the most well known maritime tragedies in history. Written two months after the tragedy by one of the survivors from second class.

I write this as I read. I have always been interested in The Titanic and its fate, so I am sur

There were things I liked, and things I didn't like in this book...

Firstly, I liked having the viewpoint of an actual survivor. His documentation of life aboard the ship, particularly in second class (which is often overlooked in favor of the ultra-rich first class, or ultra-unfortunate third), was

One of the first accounts written in detail about the sinking of the SS Titanic in 1912. Beesley, himself, almost didn't make if off the Titanic because when Lifeboat 13 was lowered those aboard the lifeboat couldn't figure out how to disconnect the lines from the fall -- and Lifeboat 15 was coming

This was a unique perspective on the Titanic‘s doomed voyage. I enjoyed the first-hand account from someone who actually survived the wreck. However, I didn’t learn as much as I wanted to and I had to deduct a star as the second half became incredibly dry. I felt as thought the most riveting part is

This book is a recount by Lawrence Beesley in relation to the sinking of the Titanic. I know about the story of Titanic via the movie hence, it is definitely fresh to hear it from its actual survivor.

In the book, Lawrence shared that what had happened prior Titanic's sinking is vastly different fro

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 had g

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 writes

“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, but i

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 about

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