Titanic by John Welshman
The Last Night of a Small Town

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In his famous book A Night to Remember, historian Walter Lord described the sinking of the Titanic as 'the last night of a small town'. Now, a hundred years after her sinking, John Welshman reconstructs the fascinating individual histories of twelve of the inhabitants of this tragically short-lived floating town.

They include members of the crew; passengers in First, Second, and Third Class; women and men; adults and children; rich and poor. Among them are a ship's Captain, a Second Officer, an Assistant Wireless Operator; a Stewardess, an amateur military historian, a governess, a teacher, a domestic servant, a mother, and three children. What were their earlier histories? Who survived, and why, and who perished? And what happened to these people in the years after 1912?

Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town answers all these questions and more, while offering a minute-by-minute depiction of events aboard the doomed liner through the eyes of a broad and representative cross-section of those who sailed in her - both those who survived and those who didn't.

About John Welshman

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John Welshman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Lancaster University. He is the author or editor of six books on twentieth-century British social history, including Churchill's Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain.
Published March 15, 2012 by OUP Oxford. 352 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Just after 11.40pm on 14 April 1912, the dress designer Lucy Duff Gordon, a first-class passenger on board the RMS Titanic heard a strange sound from deep in the bowels of the ship, far beneath the pair of expensive staterooms on A Deck that she shared with her husband and business partner, Sir C...

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Publishers Weekly

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In his newest work, Welshman (Churchill’s Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain) “seeks to re-balance the narrative, away from First Class passengers towards the experiences of those in Second and Third.” He does so by focusing on 11 passengers and crew members plus the captai...

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Dallas News

Jessop survived collisions or other incidents on all three Olympic-class vessels, leading Maxtone-Graham to quip, “One would have thought that fellow crewmen seeing her coming up the gangway would have jumped off the other side, disinclined to sail with that Jonah.” Shadow of the Titanic The Extr...

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And as we find Assistant Boots Steward, there were assistants for many of these other jobs — Assistant Vegetable Cook, Assistant Pantryman, and Assistant Smoke Room Steward being just three examples.

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