The Last Log of the Titanic [NOOK Book]

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"Absolutely fascinating - it fills a huge void in the literature of the subject. ...Brown's familiarity with the technical aspects of shipdriving, based on hiw own career at sea, gives him enormous credibility...The Last Log of the Titanic has more surprises that any book I've seen on the topic in the past 23 years." - Thomas C. Wingfield, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve A ship's logbook is like an airplane's "black box" in which all the specifics of a voyage are entered - the full nautical record of the journey. Imagine how fascinating
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The Last Log of the Titanic

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Overview

"Absolutely fascinating - it fills a huge void in the literature of the subject. ...Brown's familiarity with the technical aspects of shipdriving, based on hiw own career at sea, gives him enormous credibility...The Last Log of the Titanic has more surprises that any book I've seen on the topic in the past 23 years." - Thomas C. Wingfield, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve A ship's logbook is like an airplane's "black box" in which all the specifics of a voyage are entered - the full nautical record of the journey. Imagine how fascinating the log entries from the Titanic's last hours would be. Of course, the actual log of the Titanic went to the bottom with the ship and has never been recovered. The Last Log of the Titanic, the first Titanic book written from the perspective of an expert ship handler, subjects the sinking of the Titanic to the brand of professional analysis that until now has been conspicuously missing from the literature of the great liner. Captain David G. Brown reconstructs the events leading up to the disaster, working from eyewitness accounts. He meticulously examines the official testimony given before the U.S. Senate and the British Board of Trade, as well as original newspaper accounts, allowing logic and the rigorous standards of good seamanship, rather than bias and tradition, to reveal the facts of the case. In the process he exposes the many false assumptions, obfuscations, and outrights lies that were propagated by surviving crewmembers and passengers, and by White Star officials, as he unearths long-buried truths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071374569
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/15/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 838,595
  • File size: 867 KB

Meet the Author

David G. Brown holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master's License, 100 Gross Tons, with Commercial Assistance Towing and Auxiliary Sail endorsements, and teaches professional-level U.S. Coast Guard licensing courses. He also is an instructor for a firm specializing in safety risk assessment, crew training, and license instruction, builds epoxy-composite boats, and restores vintage wooden boats. He was captain of a high-speed ferry serving the western Lake Erie islands and currently owns a harbor tour company on the Maumee River in Ohio. He has worked as a television news producer, and won an Emmy in 1979 for his coverage of the Agent Orange story. He writes monthly columns for Boating World and Offshore magazines and is a regular contributor to many other marine publications. This is his fifth book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Coal and Ice. Parallel Tracks. A Dark Mass. Cool Hand Murdoch. A Narrow Shave. Blind Faith. Streaming to Oblivion. Time for Us to Leave Her. A Shortage of Women. Illustrations. Notes. Select Bibliography. Acknowledgements. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    Absolutely Engrossing

    It has been a while since I have read a Titanic book from start to finish in one sitting, but I did with this book. The Last Log is another one of the many `alternate theories¿ of the sinking books that are so in vogue these days, but unlike most others of it¿s ilk, this one has real teeth. I am a complete layman in things nautical, but Brown enabled me to understand every point he was trying to make, even some of the more arcane concepts like Bernoulli¿s Principle and lolling. The author has written one of the most knowledgeable accounts from a mariner¿s perspective that I have ever read. In addition, Brown has gathered much of the conflicting testimony and arranged it into a cohesive whole. I did not agree with all of his conclusions (and some of them are WAY out there), but I have to acknowledge that his version of events is completely credible. For one, First Officer Murdoch¿s actions are finally recognized for what they were, that of one of the most competent officer¿s to ever command a bridge. Ismay also gets a great deal of coverage, and although his part in the story is much, much darker, the author avoids the `sinister villain¿ oversimplifications the White Star Line chairman has received at the hands of many other authors. On the other hand, Brown does make some incredible claims, often with little or no supporting evidence. One of the largest, that Titanic was dodging ice for hours before the final collision. Another being that when the ship ported around the berg, it almost collided with a huge ice field just beyond. There is simply no eyewitness evidence to support these claims. Some members on the Titanic Mail List were initially put off by the in-your-face attitude of the editorials adapted by the publisher as a selling ploy. But don¿t let that stop you from reading this book. It¿s that good. Highest recommendation. Michael (TheManInBlack) T

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