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Although he survived the sinking by seven months, it was the Titanic that killed Colonel Archibald Gracie. His struggles in the icy waters of the North Atlantic had shattered his constitution, and the awful things he had seen on that fateful night left him a haunted man. One observer said he had the look of someone “who had descended as distinctly into hell as any human being would care to acknowledge, and had risen again from the dead.” Nevertheless he tried to make sense of his experiences, and this book was published soon after his death. The first half is his own account of the sinking, and shows how he had to be both lucky and strong just to live through the night. In the second half he tells the individual stories of each of the Titanic’s lifeboats, summarizing the bare facts and then providing dramatic survivor accounts, from personal interviews and from testimony given to the British and American inquiries into the disaster. In its author’s desperate search for the truth, this book remains one of the most powerful works on the sinking of the Titanic.

 

This ebook edition features:
 • 16 photographs and illustrations from the first edition
 • Active table of contents and reflowable text
 • Part of the Titanic Landmark Series – republishing eyewitness accounts of the Titanic

 

Table of Contents:
 • I. The Last Day Aboard Ship
 • II. Struck By an Iceberg
 • III. The Foundering of the “Titanic”
 • IV. Struggling in the Water for Life
 • V. All Night on Bottom of Half-Submerged Upturned Boat
 • VI. The Port Side: Women and Children First
 • VII. Starboard Side: Women First, But Men When There Were No Women
 • Concluding Note

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The Truth About the Titanic
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The truth about the Titanic
May 8th, 2014
This is a compilation of the author's own experiences, correspondence with other survivors, and documented evidence from the American and British enquiries.As such it can be a bit repetative. However, that does not detract from the horror of the events of that night. It is clear that the accident was precipitated by sheer stupidity and the fact that so many died was due to the lack of lifeboats. The book paints a picture of heroic selflessness on the part of the majority of those that died and is certainly an emotional roller coaster.
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