“I ran out on the deck and then I could see ice. It was a veritable sea of ice and the boat was rocking over it. I should say that parts of the iceberg were eighty feet high, but it had been broken into sections, probably by our ship.”
“There fell on the ear the most appalling noise that ever human ear listened to — the cries of hundreds of our fellow-beings struggling in the icy-cold water, crying for help with a cry that we knew could not be answered.”
First published in 1912, Jay Henry Mowbray’s Sinking of the Titanic was hugely influential in the aftermath of the maritime disaster, recording the harrowing, first-hand accounts of the survivors - from sailors, to stewards, to passengers – throughout the ordeal, from when the iceberg first hit to when the Carpathia eventually arrived, and honoring those who were lost on that fateful night in 1912. Mowbray’s text even follows the survivors when they make it back to land - a lesser-known, riveting aspect of the tragic saga that deals with the investigation and the hearings that took place in the US and UK in the months that followed.
The swiftness of the publication of Mowbray’s text, the sheer number of first-hand witness accounts therein and the intensity of the chaos and fear that their accounts convey makes for a unique compilation which, together with new notes, maps, images and expert introductory material in this new, updated edition, will fascinate, educate and deeply move contemporary readers as much today as the original publication would have back in 1912.
From the back of the book:
On the night of 14/15 April 1912 RMS Titanic slipped beneath the waters of the Atlantic following a collision with an iceberg. More than 1,500 people perished that night and the shock reverberated round the world. The ship had been hailed as unsinkable but the two enquiries in New York and London revealed a story of inadequate preparation and safety measures, as well as individual heroism and sacrifice. The hunger for an understanding of the tragedy fuelled a myriad of publications but the journalist Jay Henry Mowbray's work Sinking of the Titanic, written at red-hot pace and first published within weeks of the disaster, captured the imagination of the time in the drama and pathos of the telling of the account.
In this new expanded paperback edition of the classic account of the sinking of the Titanic, the story of the tragedy is told with an immediacy through the closeness of the events. With the addition of an authoritative foreword and preface from leading present-day historians, the narrative is accompanied by more than 100 illustrations both contemporary to the sinking and of recent discoveries from the wreck of the Titanic.