The Titanic was constructed in Ireland reaching a height of 11 stories and a length of 883 feet making it the largest man-made object of its time. On its first crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean the Titanic carried approximately 2200 passengers and crew from all classes of life. Unfortunately, the vessel was equipped with lifeboats that only held 1,178 people. In the chaos that ensued after a collision with an iceberg on April 15, 1912, 1,517 people drown with the sinking of the massive ocean liner leaving only 750 survivors.
And so, let the commemorating begin! The 3D version of James Cameron's blockbuster movie, The Titanic is opening. As if that's not enough, there's a new four-part ABC miniseries, Titanic, from the writer of Downton Abbey, and Titanic: Blood and Steel, a 12-part series focusing on the construction and sinking of the Titanic.
Check out the following materials about the Titanic and its passengers. Remember, these are just the 'tip of the iceberg.'
The Story Of The Wreck Of The Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts From 1912 edited by Marshall Everett offers insight into how the tragedy affected its survivors, drawing on archival research and interviews with family members to explore how some propelled themselves to fame while others were devastated by survivor guilt.
The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story Of The 8 Musicians Who Went Down With The Titanic by Steve Turner who delves into the lives of the eight members of the band who came out to play in the lounge as the ship sank. When most of the First Class passengers had taken to their lifeboats, the musicians simply moved to the deck and continued to play, attempting to calm the remaining passengers.
Lost Voices From The Titanic: The Definitive Oral History by Nick Barratt. Combining tales of incredible folly and unimaginable courage, Barratt has gathered the aspirations of the owners, the efforts of the crew, and of course, the eyewitness accounts from those lucky enough to survive the sinking of the Titanic, transporting the reader back to those heartbreaking moments on that fateful Sunday night.
The Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures Of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler by Brad Matsen. A famous diving duo turn their investigative skills to solving the mystery about why the Titanic sank as quickly as she did, an endeavor for which they assembled a team of engineering experts and dived to the wreck of her sister ship, Britannic, before discovering previously hidden flaws.