The story of the sinking of the Titanic based on first hand accounts collected in the days and weeks following the disaster. The story of the Titanic is now well known. But in the months following the disaster wild speculation was rife. On Thursday 22 May 1912, a mere 37 days after the sinking, respected London publisher Grant Richards, delivered Filson Young's book to booksellers around the capital. It was the first attempt to plot the demise of the unsinkable ship from a well-respected writer who had already argued in the light of the Oceana sinking, for proper use of the wireless on board ships. Both Filson and Grant knew victims of the sinking and both worked hard to gather first-hand testimony to use in the book. Much of his telling of the story still stands today and his speculations about the feeling of daily life aboard the doomed ship are used in books and films on the subject.
Filson Young was a influential journalist and writer. He had visited Belfast in the summer of 1911 to see the Titanic under construction and following the Titanic disaster went to Southampton to see her sister ship Olympic leave for America. He walked around on board and understood the feeling of unsinkability that had given such false confidence to the passengers and crew aboard the Titanic. He wrote many popular books including The Trial of Hawley Harvey Crippen.
1 The Giant Ship Takes Shape 2 Noon Wednesday 10 April 1912: Titanic Slips Out of Southampton 3 Afternoon Thursday 11 April: Port of Cherbourg 4 Morning Friday 12 April 5 April Ice 6 The Passengers 7 Sunday at Sea 8 'Close the Water-Tight Doors': 11.40pm Sunday 14 April 9 Muster on the Boat Deck 10 'Women & Children First': The Lowering of the Lifeboats 11 'Every Man for Himself' 12 The Band Plays On 13 'She is Gone': 2.20am Monday 15 April 14 Cries from the Sea 15 Saviour of the Survivors: Captain Rostron of the Carpathia 16 Final Destination, New York: Evening Thursday 18 April 17 Heroes List of Illustrations Index