A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival [NOOK Book]

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Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the rare percentage of families whose entire members survived the sinking. In A Rare Titanic Family, Williams tells for the first time the family's tale of escaping to lucky Lifeboat 13 and their desperate sea journey toward rescue. Their voyage on the Titanic, however, was only one part of an around-the-world ...
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A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

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Overview

Historian Julie Williams grew up hearing her great-uncle Albert Caldwell tell his harrowing story of surviving the Titanic disaster. Albert, his wife Sylvia, and their ten-month-old son Alden, are among the rare percentage of families whose entire members survived the sinking. In A Rare Titanic Family, Williams tells for the first time the family's tale of escaping to lucky Lifeboat 13 and their desperate sea journey toward rescue. Their voyage on the Titanic, however, was only one part of an around-the-world journey to try to cure Sylvia of a mysterious illness. A Rare Titanic Family follows all the true-life plot twists of a family who survived their trip on the Titanic but whose lives were forever changed by what they witnessed.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013775015
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,351,440
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

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    A Must Read Biography

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    excellent

    story of a family and collision course with a diaster and destiny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    I haven't read the book yet

    I haven't read the book yet

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Very Compelling

    This is an amazing story of love, faith and courage. You must read this book this year.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Nice

    Nice book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Interesting read

    This book takes you from the beginning of their lives through their deaths. Tells how people cope with going through tragic circumstances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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