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Preface: A Vast Ocean of Things I Didn't Know ix
1 Of Those in Peril on the Sea 3
2 As Far From the Sea as a Person Could Get 15
3 Caught in a Maelstrom 33
4 Deliver Us from Seasickness 57
5 To the Lifeboats-Women and Children First! 71
6 'To See How the Sea Flap-Dragoned It' 80
7 Pull for the Shore, Sailor 96
8 Tossed on the Ocean of Life 117
9 Navigating New Waters 134
10 Phantom from a Watery Grave 155
Afterword: Titanic Memorabilia 169
Sources of Information 173
Illustration Credits 187
Posted February 25, 2012
This is the story of a rare family by an extraordinarily capable and careful historian, who also happens to be the niece of one of the survivors. A compelling and honest read.
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Posted January 31, 2012
April 12, 2012 will mark 100 years since the Titanic sank. Julie Williams is the great-niece of Albert Caldwell. Albert and his first wife Sylvia went to college together, accepted a mission to Siam and then married. The day they married they left for their new life. Sylvia was not recommended to go because of possible future health issues. She went anyway. The weather was very agreeable with Albert. A combination of the tropical weather and pregnancy made Sylvia very sick. After Alden was born she just couldn't seem to get her strength back. She was unable to hold her own child. Upon the recommendation of a doctor the Caldwells left Siam, headed to Europe where they ended up on the ill-fated Titanic. Albert was a very personable person. He made friends with everyone. According to Mrs. Williams it is because of this that he and his wife and child managed to survive.
Julie Williams has told a story that was passed down to her from Albert. She became so intrigued she had to find out more. A photograph started it all, and graces the cover of the book. This biography held my attention not only because of the topic, but because of the other story. Haunted by the Titanic and Hunted by the Presbyterian mission board took its toll on their marriage. This story was told in a hauntingly beautiful way. It is full of emotions and memories but doesn't dwell on the macabre. This is a book I will most definitely recommend to my friends.
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