Prolific writer and broadcaster Nick Barratt tells the story of the world's most infamous ship in the words of those who designed her, built her and sailed in her.
Starting from its original conception and design by the owners and naval architects at the White Star Line through construction at Harland and Wolff's shipyards in Belfast, Nick Barratt explores the pre-history of the Titanic. He examines the aspirations of the owners, the realities of construction and the anticipation of the first sea-tests, revealing that the seeds of disaster were sown by the failure to implement sealed bulkheads - for which the original plans are now available. Barratt then looks at what it was like to embark on the Titanic's maiden voyage in April 1912. The lives of various passengers are examined in more detail, from the first class aristocrats enjoying all the trappings of privilege, to the families in third-class and steerage who simply sought to leave Britain for a better life in America.
Published 2009. Hardback. 331 pages. 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.4 cm.
Suggested retail price 20.00 GBP