[2015] Stephanie Vitkun: Titanic Voices From The Disaster

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[2015] Stephanie Vitkun: Titanic Voices From The Disaster

TitanicVoices From The Disaster

History:The RMS Titanic was a luxury cruise liner. Owned by the White Star Line, it was built to rival the opposing company, the Cunard Line. It set sail from Southampton, England on April 10th, 1912 for its maiden voyage. After four days at sea, the night of April 14th, at 11:40pm, the Titanic struck on iceberg on her starboard (right) side. Although they tried everything to stop the water from coming in, the impact was too great and the Titanic sank, taking 1500 of her passengers down with her.

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of over forty novels, most in the nonfiction category for older children. One of her novels, Life in the Tenements of New York: 1880-1924, was the reciepient of numerous awards. She comes from Portland Oregon.

Sinking Progression:1. Titanic Strikes Iceberg at 11:40pm on April 14th2. Titanic starts sinking at the bow and leaning towards the port side, sending off distress rockets.3. The bow, completely under, brings the stern up above the water.4. The ship breaks, but still remains attached. 5. The stern, still partially attached to the bow, rises up and sinks fully under at 2:20am on April 15th.6. Lifeboarts are rescued by the Carpathia at 6am.

The novel:Titanic Voices From The Disaster tells the history of what happened with the Titanic through the eyes of multiple survivors. The details from each person were weaved together to make the story cohesive. You can feel the loss that is told from each person. It contains lots of details, including information from the trials that took place right after the disaster in both New York and England.

Violet Jessup:One of the people you meet is Violet Jessup, a stewardess. She started on the Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship. On the maiden voyage of Titanic, she was a Stewardess in first class, she managed to be at the right place at the right time during the sinking and was put on a lifeboat. She later on went back to work for the White Star Line on the Brittanic, which in 1916, hit a mine and sunk during World War I. Violet Jessup survived that too and then went back to the Olympic to work as a Stewardess again until she retired in 1950.

Review:I found this book really great. I don't normally like non-fiction, but I was happily surprised how easy to read this was, probably because I have always been interested in the Titanic ever since I was a little kid, so it didn't feel like a textbook. I really appreciated how she wove the intertwining stories into the details as it went on. Especially when it came to the sinking. The whole scope of the sinking comes from the people who made it into the lifeboats to also having the survivors talk about the last conversations they heard of some who died, such as John Jacob Astor, the richest man on board who died in the sinking.

Something cool!Wallace Hartley was the conductor of the first class band who played while the boat sank to calm passengers and died in the sinking. No one ever knew what happened to the famous violin, most assumed it sank. This is no longer the case.The famous violin was picked up in a bag a few days after the sinking with bodies. It has recently surfaced in the past year and has been a phenomenon. Here is the picture of the violin today along with Mr. Hartley's bag that he carried it in. The violin has a silver plate, which is how it was identified.


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