April 15, 1912
Soon, Titanic's voyage will come to a deadly end with the sinking of the unsinkable.
This is the story of the final 48 hours of the RMS Titanic, its first and last voyage. The story is told in a compelling countdown that ends mere hours after the ship's sinking.
This book describes the last days, actions, and thoughts of architect Thomas Andrews and passenger Margaret Brown, known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, as they interact with other passengers and crew members during these last 48 hours.
While Miss Brown enjoys her cruise and her interactions with everyone onboard, Mr. Andrews is at first proud and then haunted by this stately ship. What starts out as a happy and joyous occasion soon turns to dread and despair at the news that the Titanic has hit an iceberg.
Miss Brown and Mr. Andrews are on the same yet very different mission of saving passengers while forgoing themselves and their own personal demons and dangers. While chaos and panic ensue, lives will soon be saved and also lost as the Titanic breathes her last breath and gives Molly Brown and Thomas Andrews very different endings.
What were Captain Smith's and Ismay's thoughts and actions during this horrific time? How could such a proud start turn into absolute horror? What are the consequences of the decision to forgo more lifeboats?
How could an exciting voyage with world elite onboard turn into a horrific voyage of death?
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"Molly, dear, we have hit an iceberg."
This is the story of the Titanic, the iconic passenger ship known as "unsinkable", which sank on it's maiden voyage, taking with it the lives of many hundreds of those sailing on her. It is a well known event in shipping history, made all the more poignant by the belief at the launch that this was an especially safe vessel (which some claimed only the hand of God himself could destroy) and consequently had a vastly insufficient number of lifeboats aboard should the unthinkable happen.
The author has contrived a fictional story based around named people known to have been travelling on the tragic journey, notably the chief designer and architect of the Titanic, Andrews, and a woman who became famous in later years for her courage and advocacy of human rights, Miss Margaret (Molly) Brown, to give life to the countdown of events as they happened. Much speculation remains about everything that occured on that terrible night but, even over a century after the sinking, it remains a story of misjudgement, complacency as well as personal courage. In so dramatic a tale, it would be easy for the author to overdramatize, but I.T.Belmont resists this. So, too, does the narrator, J.Scott Bennett, instead letting the reader's imagination fill in the gaps as the full realisation of circumstances evolve. As always, Mr.Bennett's reading is impeccable, easy to listen to and his character voicings are distinct (even if his Irish accent was slightly strange).
This is, perhaps, not the best retelling of the events of that night but it is does give a taste of the attitudes inherent at the time as well as detailing the death of the great ship and, as such, is still well worth reading. It is a story which shocks and horrifies even after the elapse of so many years. Recommended.
- Norma Miles