Lawrence Beesley (1877-1967) was a teacher, journalist, author, and survivor of the sinking of the TITANIC. His account of the disaster was one of the first to reach press, and made Beesley something of a minor celebrity. After interest in the TITANIC waned, Beesley resumed his teaching duties, and was active into the late 1950s. During the filming of A NIGHT TO REMEMBER in 1958, Beesley attempted to crash the filming, hoping to "go down with the ship."
The Loss of the S.S. Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessonsby Lawrence Beesley
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THE LOSS OF THE S.S. TITANIC is a personal memoir of TITANIC survivor Lawrence Beesley. Published just nine weeks after the disaster, Beesley's account was one of the first to reach print. Among his experiences, Beesley witnessed two second-class women being told to return to their deck, as lifeboats were awaiting them there.
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Some good insight into the disaster from an eye witness. But rather lengthy at times about details that are beyond the scope of the author. Still if you're a Titanic buff you will get some value out of it. Note: no illustrations in this version contrary to what is said. Disappointing.
Insightful and a must for the Titantic buff. The first-hand account from the perspective of a survivor is riveting. However, Beesley becomes a bit "preachy" in the second half of the book, telling the reader what he feels went wrong and what should be done to correct those mistakes. But, when taken in context of the time it was written, it is a very interesting viewpoint of an actual survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.