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The Titanic End of A Dream ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☃ The Titanic End of A Dream Author Wyn Craig Wade – On that fatal April night in 1912 the world's largest moving object disappeared beneath the waters of the North Atlantic in less than three hours Why was the ship sailing through waters well known to On that End of Kindle Ö fatal April night in the world's largest moving object disappeared beneath the waters of the North Atlantic in less than three hours Why was the ship sailing through waters well known to be a mass of floating ice Why were there The Titanic PDF \ too few lifeboats so that people were left to perish at sea Why were a third of the survivors members of the crew Based on the sensational evidence of the US Senate hearings eyewitness accounts of survivors and the results of the Woods Titanic End of PDF/EPUB ½ Hole expedition that located and photographed the ship this electrifying account vividly recreates the doomed vessel's last desperate hours afloat and fully addresses the uestions that have continued to haunt the tragedy of the Titanic.

  • Paperback
  • 358 pages
  • The Titanic End of A Dream
  • Wyn Craig Wade
  • English
  • 07 March 2014
  • 9780140166910

10 thoughts on “The Titanic End of A Dream

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Titanic endures Long ago she stopped being a ship; now she is a synonym for disaster Take the Costa Concordia the Italian cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany Almost before the last lifeboat had been lowered or dropped or not lowered at all survivors and newscasters were comparing the liner to the ill fated Titanic or the eponymous movie of the same which sank in 1912 killing 1500 people Despite the repetition of this theme the similarities between the White Star Line’s Titanic and the Costa Concordia are facile at best limited to the fact that both ships failed to reach their intended ports To wit Titanic hit an iceberg in the middle of the great wide Atlantic; the Concordia struck a rock while showboating near land Titanic went down by the head on a relatively even keel; the Concordia developed a severe list despite all the modern innovations Titanic sank better and eventually partially capsized Titanic left over half her passengers to freeze in the sea; on the Concordia despite widespread complaints about crew ineffectiveness over 4000 people were saved Titanic rests in the deep end of the ocean; the Concordia is beached with half or of its bulk ignominiously jutting out above the waves Titanic’s inept commander went down with his ship; the Concordia’s inept commander was one of the first to escape or he tripped depending on whose story you believe Really when you think about the manner of sinking and the loss of life the Costa Concordia has in common – including Italian lineage – with the Andria Doria The point – other than the fact that I have a lot of Titanic knowledge that I’m dying to use – is that Titanic’s sinking has suffused our culture to an extent that she has become a cultural shorthand To that end there have been enough narratives of the Titanic to sink thewell to sink the Titanic Not that that proved too difficult When I picked up Wyn Craig Wade’s The Titanic End of a Dream I expected of the same I really only started the book because of a nagging compulsion to read everything there is to know about the ship gone now for almost a century It was to my grateful surprise that End of a Dream is not really about the sinking at all It is about the investigation into that sinking specifically the American Senate Inuiry held in New York City and Washington DC in the days and weeks after the disaster It was this Inuiry that gave us – posterity – the first draft of history End of a Dream is in a sense the story of the story of Titanic The book starts with a couple chapters on the design building and fitting out of the Titanic And then surprisingly once the narrative has set out to sea the story skips over the sinking completely and picks up again with the rescue of Titanic’s survivors by the Carpathia At this point End of a Dream takes time to give us the biography of a forgotten US Senator William Alden Smith from the great fine adeuate state of Michigan This brief chapter tells the story of a decent hardworking man honored in his time but mostly ignored today Though he worked on many projects Smith’s lasting achievement was his convening of the Titanic Inuiry Smith’s decision to hold the inuiry and to subpoena British subjects was controversial when it was made Indeed the British press pilloried Smith mercilessly a sarcastic “what a surprise” is appropriate here They did such a good job uoting Smith out of context that Smith’s reputation is still a bit shabby today Walter Lord for instance has a bit of fun at Smith’s expense The reality was that Smith was a canny Progressive who saw an opportunity to advance some of his dearest causes including corporate liability and radio regulation pertaining at the time to wireless sets After the Smith biography Wade jumps into the Inuiry itself He doesn’t go through it witness by witness but instead focuses on a few highlights including the testimony of J Bruce Ismay the Managing Director of the White Star Line who pulled an Italian sea captain by escaping on a lifeboat Wade also demonstrates how much work and preparation Senator Smith put into the Inuiry and how his sometimes naïve sounding uestions were actually well thought out For instance at one point during the Inuiry Senator Smith asked Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller simultaneously the most heroic and most disingenuous of the ship’s officers whether passengers had sought Titanic’s watertight compartments as a safe haven the implication being that people might somehow still be alive on the Titanic even as she rested on the ocean floor The idea was ludicrous of course and Lightoller and the British tabloids made sure Smith knew of it Wade shows that Smith knew it too; the reason he asked was because he was deluged with correspondence from relatives and friends of missing passengers who were clinging to any shred of hope no matter how flimsy This ties into a larger point about Senator Smith’s purpose he wasn’t conducting the Inuiry for the benefit of seamen; he was conducting it for the benefit of landlubbers Thus all the sniping critiues of Smith’s seafaring intelligence at one point Smith did not seem to know that the “bow” and the “head” of the ship were the same thing failed to grasp that Smith’s intention was to pierce the mystiue of the sea and the men who traveled upon it After all it was the seafaring “experts” at the British Board of Trade and on Titanic’s deck who allowed a ship to set sail with lifeboat space for half its passengers and who then raced through an ice field in the middle of the night sideswiping an iceberg in the process Smith was a rebuke to all those captains and deck officers who tried to hide behind the technical jargon and nomenclature of their jobs He uestioned their assumptions; he forced them to define their terms; and he brought an outsider’s common sense to the proceedings This is a short book far too brief to thoroughly cover the American Inuiry Thankfully for those of living in the Digital Age the entire transcript of both the American and British proceedings are available online wwwtitanicinuiryorg Beware going to this site however if you are a Titanic nerd you will spend hours with the testimony and people will make fun of you if you tell them what you’ve been doing As I mentioned before Wade focuses on the mechanics of the Inuiry as well as underlining a few specific themes One of these themes interestingly is Wade’s indictment of the crew One of the cherished myths of Titanic is the bravery and sacrifice of her uniformed members To be sure the engineers – who kept the lights on and wireless working – deserve all the acclaim and since theirs was a suicide watch But the uestion remains why did such a large number of crewmen survive while so many steerage passengers including women and children perish? The simple answer is that the crew was needed to row the boats Wade demolishes this answer by focusing on the testimony of Fifth Officer Lowe as well as a variety of survivors who were in the boats This testimony establishes that most of the crew members were “crew” in name only They were not to use Lowe’s phrase “boatmen” That is they didn't know the difference between an oar and their Well you get the point Speaking of Fifth Officer Lowe the sine ua non of Edwardian Era racism who almost refused to fish a Japanese man out of the water one of the things I most enjoyed about End of a Dream though I’m pretty sure I wasn’t meant to enjoy this was Lowe’s insistence on calling everyone he disliked Italians As an example when Lowe was being lowered in his lifeboat he saw a bunch of men on the railing threatening to jump in Lowe fired his pistol to keep them away Later at the Inuiry with no evidence in support Lowe referred to these men as Italians For some reason I found this absolutely hilarious In the days and weeks after I read this book I kept trying out this bit on my wife Whenever I failed to take out the trash I blamed it on the Italians When someone merged in front of us without signaling I’d curse out the Italian who was driving Eventually my wife accused me of racism which led to a lively debate about whether one’s Italian ness was a race thing or a state of being Anyway Fifth Officer Lowe was eventually forced to write an apology to the Italian Embassy which is funny in and of itself For the record and just to be clear I have no animus towards the Italian people I just find it endlessly entertaining that Italy seat of the Renaissance in the 14 17th centuries somehow became synonymous with scary foreigners in the early 20th century I did have a few criticisms with Wade’s book First and foremost is the lack of citations There are no endnotes or footnotes or notes of any kind If you want to know where in the transcript a particular bit of testimony can be found you are st out of luck More frustratingly still Wade intersperses his telling of the Inuiry with italicized paragraphs that narrate the sinking of Titanic These paragraphs were little than the sloppy seconds of Lord’s A Night to Remember Moreover due to the lack of notes they can’t be trusted At least in the Inuiry sections the reader can assume the information comes from the Inuiry; in these italicized portions there is no indication whatsoever concerning the provenance of the purported facts There are also a few nagging errors of fact many of them due to the pre discovery publication date For instance Wade repeats the old chestnut of the “300 foot gash” when in reality Titanic was most likely sunk by damage totaling 12 suare feet Further Wade contends that Titanic sank intact when it’s pretty clear she broke up on the surface And even though there is a hastily appended afterward for the 1986 edition of the book which takes into account Bob Ballard’s discovery of the wreck Wade still contends Titanic sank whole and that she severed when she hit the ocean floor “stern first” This despite the eyewitness testimony that she broke in two Indeed Second Officer Lightoller the Great Perjurer himself said the ship went down in one piece That is all the convincing I need that the ship in fact broke apart before his very eyes These are small matters though and did not detract from my appreciation of Wade’s uniue perspective on the disaster So many Titanic books stick to the tried and true And why not? The true fully corroborated events of the night of April 14 15 defy the imagination Fiction cannot get better than the nonfiction of Titanic So it’s refreshing that Wade veered away from the obvious path to explore the greatest shipwreck of all time from a different vantage point That vantage point is the creation of History By now most of us know that witness perception is incredibly breathtakingly inaccurate The stressful the event the inaccurate the memory Further memory is dynamic not static A memory changes each time it is recalled The result when you experience a stressful situation your mind absorbs all these fragments – sights and sounds and the like – and automatically starts to bridge the dissonance forming connections that might not actually exist The brain in a way is a novelist looking to create a seamless story Thus the longer you hold onto a memory the that memory changes It gets reshaped into something coherent if not strictly true It is polluted by the memories and stories of others so that their memories and stories become entwined with your own By holding the American Inuiry at the earliest possible stage after the sinking Senator William Alden Smith was able to extract from the survivors their purest memories To be sure memories had already been altered Lightoller for one most likely hunkered down with Ismay and the other officers to get their stories straight But for the most part and in relation to other historical events Smith’s Inuiry was right on top of things It was in the exceptional position to get the story while it was fresh The Titanic story we know today comes in large part from Senator Smith’s much maligned American Inuiry Thus End of a Dream is not so much the story of Titanic the ship as it is the story of the man who created Titanic the legend

  2. Michael Michael says:

    There are obviously a lot of books about the Titanic and this is in my opinion one of the better ones Recounts the disaster and skillfully picks apart a number of Titanic myths through the lens of the testimony offered by surviving officers crew and passengers at the US Senate hearings led by William Auden Smith

  3. Alina Alina says:

    An interesting look at the Titanic not through the events of the night or of the building of the ship but rather dealing with the aftermath of the ship's sinking It looks into the lawsuits against the White Star Line and I enjoyed the ending where the author tells you what happened to each of the key players in the law cases

  4. Charity Charity says:

    Loved this book Maybe it's because I'm a Titanic nut and love to learn as much as I can about the tragedy; but I learned a lot not only about the sinking but about what took place afterwards After reading this book I got to thinking the media isn't much different today either

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    This was the first time I read an account of the aftermath of the Titanic disaster I've always been morbidly fascinated with the whole affair and feel now that my knowledge of what took place that fateful night in 1912 is complete This book was very thorough and well researched

  6. Denise Spicer Denise Spicer says:

    This book starts with a Prologue in which the author articulates the events he is about to unfold and his critiue of those events indeed the entire eraPage xv “For seventy five years the RMS Titanic has possessed a nautical mystiue second only to that of Noah’s ark” It is a “two fold drama a monumental catastrophe and society’s response a watershed between nineteenth and twentieth centuries The sinking of the Titanic marked the end of an era”The remaining chapters cover the ship the collision the investigation and the changes brought about in nautical navigation In the book’s 335 pages the author goes into great detail of both the event itself and the congressional investigation especially background details of US politics of the time period and Senator William Alden Smith Altogether an extremely interesting and still relevant read For Titanic fans there are familiar details as well as new 1979 updates Highly recommended Includes Index and Bibliography as well as 8 pages of black and white historical photographs

  7. Dell Deaton Dell Deaton says:

    At the time it was first published in the mid 1980s and through today I believe this remains one of the better books about RMS TitanicAnd yet I struggle to give it even that much praiseAuthor Wyn Craig Wade chose to anchor his work on the United States Senate inuiry into loss of the ship dominated by the perspective of its chair William Alden Smith Republican Michigan Senator Smith and thus Mr Wade seem most interested in ascribing blame Identifying bad guys in black and white terms Establishing a case for legal liabilitySuch things are certainly part of the story And unuestionable good flow as a direct outcome of this examination including specific improvements in laws governing maritime safety Mr Wade extols these NotedI also admire the prescience and speed that went into seating a governmental accountability review conviened all but coincident with the arrival of survivors on RMS Carpathia If such a thing as unvarnished truth exists this got as close as was possible to finding it via Titanic centered legal procedingsUnfortunately that's as far as it went Worse still the drama of these proceedings impressive as they were meant that their narrative became the narrative on Titanic Not enough lifeboats J Bruce Ismay as reprobate characticature shown to us by James Cameron in 1997 with Charles Lightoller featured in supporting roleBeyond Titanic Wyn Craig Wade indulges excessive digressions into the biography of William Alden Smith presidential politics and the period All fail to pay off with ties to the core narrative in proportion to the time spent plowing through them This ad nauseum as the engineering logic of staying on a ship designed to be its own lifeboat is scarcely examined in this bookAgain important parts all But where's the obvious potential for a value added perspective from three uarters of a century post event? Or even twenty five?Failure to inuire and incorporate so much of that is the Achilles heal of Wyn Craig WadeIn generously slotting this book between three stars and five then I've given it strong marks for being solid in what it seemingly sought to be Indeed it is all the important too in revealing just how much of what is near religious gospel about Titanic is based on just how little And why those limited insights perpetuate without flinching to this daySee definition primacy effectWhy not five stars calling it an exposé?Because I see no evidence that the author himself sought or saw himself as delivering through The Titanic End of a Dream any sort of critical examination of mythos Rather he seems to have simply happened upon it

  8. Suzie Suzie says:

    It bugs the heck out of me to think about how many pointless titanic books that are published that have the same old general information about the titanicAnd that is why I enjoyed this book so muchIt had information on the after effects of the titanic disaster that I had never learned about beforeWade did a tremendous job on writing a book that didn't have the same old information as these other titanic booksIt was a nice change of pace

  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    I think there is no other Titanic book like this one; it's like a well written documentary Ken Burnsish emotional but emotions responding to fact The book takes you through what it was like to find out what happened to the Titanic IN TIME the rumors after she didn't show up and then the Congressional hearings performed to find out the truth of what really happened Simply fascinating and heartbreaking I go through a Titanic phase every 5 7 years

  10. Manny Manny says:

    Heavy handed metaphor anyone?

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