Thursday, February 15, 2007

Book review

I received a book on my birthday about the Titanic, the title is "The Complete Titanic" {From the ship's earliest blueprints to the epic film.} Written by Stephen J. Spignesi!
The inside cover...
no book about the Titanic had ever assembled so much fascinating information about the ship, the people that surrounded it, its wreck, and the aftermath."
Back of the book...
Did you know...?* In response to an early ice warning message from the Californian, a Titanic wireless operator replied, "shut up, shut up, I am busy."
*First class passengers could partake of herring, haddock, smoked salmon, grilled mutton, lamb chops, and sirloin steak``` for breakfast.
There were 36 ships in the North Atlantic when the Titanic sank and only one, the Carpathia, came to her assistance.
On April 15, 1912, the New York Evening Sun ran on its front page the headline "All Saved From Titanic After Collision."
*An 1898 novella seems to have predicted the Titanic disaster.
*James Cameron's $200 million blockbuster epic Titanic contains 40 "bloopers," including one in which Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack refers to a man made lake in Wisconsin that was not dug until two years after the ship sank.
enormous cargo included such varied items as anchovies, auto parts, surgical instruments, and tennis balls.
And this is just a few of the things that this book talks about. It is "the most comprehensive compilation of Titanic information to date."
It gives a very detailed view of the Titanic's construction, from the length of the engine room, to the particulars of the boilers. How many cylinders were in each engine, to who and when the boilers were made. It even gives detailed particulars of the gross tonnage of different parts of the ship, from the poop deck to the bridge space, the whole ship registered 46,328 tons of constructed steel.
Just in an overall view, we're talking everything from the Englehardt equipment, space available for passengers on different boat decks, all of the inspections, and countless others.
This is all I will post for now, don't want to bore anybody, but this book puts things in an interesting way to read and understand more about the Titanic. So this time I posted about the book's view on the construction, so the next time it will be on the next chunk!!!


Mom said...

Now *I* want to read the book. Where is it Daniel?........oh, it's right here by the computer.

Doni M said...

That book sounds very cool. :-)

I always have thought how sad that the Carpathian crew and passengers get forgotten so often, when they were giving there all to come to the rescue of (what they thought would be) about 2000 people aboard their much smaller ship. Even so, they sacrificed their own voyage to give space and comfort to those who did survive, and the captain spared nothing to help them.

My favorite Titanic passenger has always been Father Thomas R.D. Byles. On a page from a website that Fr. Scott Archer maintains, Father Byles' brother William (like all the rest) had first been told all had been saved, and then had to learn the reality that his brother had indeed been lost. "But in all the anxiety, Mr. [William] Byles had no recrimination because of the false news of hope that had first been given him." For that, I have to admire William Byles as well. Too many people would not be as forgiving.

Daniel said...


I think it would be worth your time!!!

Doni m,

I will have to do a post sometime on EVERYTHING the Carpathia did to come to the rescue of the foundering Titanic.

I think one of my favorite people on the Titanic was J J. Astor, the richest man in the world, when told he couldn't go in a lifeboat with his pregnant wife, calmly stepped back and accepted it like a man.
Its kind of hard to have a favorite for me when there was so many men willing to lay down there life for women and children.

Doni M said...

Very true... J.J. Astor showed a lot of character in the way he accepted his own fate. Another example of heroism in a very quiet and humble fashion. Probably, too, many acts of bravery and heroism will never be known by anyone except God.

I will need to keep my eye out for the Spignesi book. (Oh, and happy birthday, whenever that was.)


Daniel, I have come to love the stories about the Titanic as I came to look at them through your eyes. Thanks for the your Grandma

Daniel said...

Doni m,

I have often wondered about the passengers that died that fateful night, and the stories that they could tell us. Only God knows the bravery that took place in the last minutes of Titanic's short life.
And yes I would highly recommend this book to anybody.


The many stories of the Titanic truly captivate the mind and cause us to wonder about the kinds of things that took place.

Just Theresa said...

Are we going to be tested again?

Daniel said...

Yes you will all be tested in the near future.