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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

die titanic ist unendlich spannend & ich würde am liebsten alles über sie wissen, das buch hat mir allerdings nicht viele infos gegeben, die ich vorher nicht hatte (ich habe mich aber auch schon sehr viel mit ihr beschäftigt.) noch dazu fand ich viele aussagen seeehr gewöhnungsbedürftig - man muss n

This is my Roman Empire.

i genuinely love that he goes from existential questions about man’s accumulation of knowledge and awareness of mortality to being like “anyway i had a cup of coffee then went to bed”

Written by a survivor of the sunken Titanic in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy in 1912, this firsthand account is even more impressive for having been written by a schoolteacher and not a professional writer.

Some colorful details of the ocean liner are included, such as a description of an ex

I find it difficult not to judge historical people by today's standards. I understand that they are products of their time and place. They've grown up with different sets of values in a different era with different ideas and different points of view. I still think Lawrence Beesley is kind of a dick.

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

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

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

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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