Titanic The Maiden Voyage Author:Geoffrey Marcus The world had never seen her like when the Titanic sailed out of Southampton on her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, she was the biggest, most awe-inspiring ship ever built...a floating - and unsinkable - luxury hotel, whose dazzling passenger list included the rich and famous of two continents. It was a stunned, incredulous world that heard tha... more »t shortly before midnight on April 14, off the Grand Banks, the Titanic had run into an iceberg at full speed and had sunk with 1500 passengers.
These facts alone should have made the tragedy impossible:
Her captain was able and experienced; ships along her route had flashed her warnings of icefields; another ship, the Californian, was close enough to see the distress rockets from the sinking liner and to have rescued many of those who perished.
For half a century, the truth was a carefully white-washed, closely guarded secret. Here for the first time are the unvarnished, shocking facts.« less