Titanic: An Illustrated History

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A huge ocean liner, its lights blazing, its band playing, is slowly sinking in a calm sea. To most people this image evokes one name alone - the Titanic. Eighty years after this great maritime disaster the haunting saga of the Titanic continues to fascinate the world. Now, in one splendidly illustrated volume, the complete story of the giant luxury liner that sank on its maiden voyage in April of 1912 is recreated as never before. Through dozens of full-color, stunningly accurate paintings and illustrations by ...
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Overview

A huge ocean liner, its lights blazing, its band playing, is slowly sinking in a calm sea. To most people this image evokes one name alone - the Titanic. Eighty years after this great maritime disaster the haunting saga of the Titanic continues to fascinate the world. Now, in one splendidly illustrated volume, the complete story of the giant luxury liner that sank on its maiden voyage in April of 1912 is recreated as never before. Through dozens of full-color, stunningly accurate paintings and illustrations by Titanic artist Ken Marschall, readers can actually experience what it was like to sail on history's most famous ship. From the sight of water crashing through the glass-domed roof of the first-class staircase to a view of an underwater robot exploring the remains of the staircase seven decades later, each of the original Marschall paintings displayed here has a breathtaking impact. Historian Don Lynch, the foremost expert on the people aboard the Titanic, has compiled a text filled with enthralling new information about the crew, the passengers and the ship itself. Encyclopedic in scope, this volume is an invaluable sourcebook of Titanic lore. Fascinating special features discuss issues ranging from the fate of the dogs on the Titanic to the controversy surrounding whether Captain Lord of the Californian, whose ship was in the area on the night of the disaster, has been unjustly vilified for not coming to the rescue. The pages of Titanic: An Illustrated History also display hundreds of archival photographs, paintings and illustrations, many of them published here for the first time. Authors Lynch and Marschall have also located and photographed fittings and fixtures from the Titanic's nearly identical sister ship, the Olympic, and can thus reveal the Edwardian splendor of the ship's interiors in colorful visual spreads. The book's showpiece is without doubt its three-page foldout which reveals an original cutaway diagram of the Titanic. In this remarkable
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
No ship has continued to capture the public's imagination like the White Star Liner R.M.S. Titanic. The events that unfolded on Sunday, April 14, 1912 have been told in many books, including such works as Walter Lord's A Night To Remember ( LJ 10/15/55) and Robert D. Ballard's Discovery of the Titanic ( LJ 1/88). Lynch (historian, Titanic Historical Society) and artist Marschall have collaborated in this latest history of that fateful event. Combining photographs, stunning paintings, and a gripping text, they have provided, as Ballard states in his introduction, the next best thing to a visit to the Titanic. Lynch raises interesting questions that may never be answered: Most tantalizingly, should First Officer Murdoch, on watch on the bridge during the 60 seconds between the sighting of the iceberg and the collision, have given different commands? This latest history of one of the sea's greatest tragedies is a visual tour de force that will please both general reader and maritime history enthusiasts. Essential for all libraries.-- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830061785
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227

Meet the Author

Donald Lynch is a premier historian on the Titanic and a member of the Titanic Historical Society. He is the author of Ghosts of the Abyss: A Journey into the Heart of the Titanic. Ken Marschall is a maritime artist and the illustrator of The Discovery of the Titanic and The Discovery of the Bismarck. He lives in Redondo Beach, California. Robert D. Ballard is an explorer and leading marine geologist who helps develop new underwater exploration technology. He discovered the sunken Titanic and Bismarck ships. He is the author of many books about his discoveries, including The Discovery of the Titanic, Finding the Titanic, and Graveyards of the Pacific. He lives in Mystic, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 12
Ch. 1 Building the Legend 14
Ch. 2 The Voyage Begins 26
Touring the Titanic: Ship of Dreams 44
Ch. 3 That Fateful Sunday 68
Ch. 4 A Deadly Encounter 86
Ch. 5 To the Lifeboats 104
Ch. 6 Death of a Titan 124
Ch. 7 Rescue 140
Ch. 8 Aftermath 164
Ch. 9 Questions 180
Ch. 10 Discovery 196
Ch. 11 The Titanic Legacy 210
Postscript 222
Acknowledgments, Credits and Bibliography 224
Index 226
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