Of the 328 bodies found, why were some buried at sea?
Who was the unknown child of the Titanic?
What exactly was Halifax’s role in the recovery operarations?
On the recent anniversary of the famous disaster, we’ve compiled a short list of informative books about the Titanic. Read first-hand accounts of the disaster, find out about the role Halifax played in the recovery effort, and find out more about this historical tragedy in these books:
Halifax and Titanic
The story of Titanic’s tragic sinking on April 15, 1912, has been told countless times in films and books, inscribing it into popular culture as perhaps the best-known disaster of all-time. When Titanic went down off the coast of Newfoundland, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the base from which recovery operations were mounted. Eventually, 337 bodies were recovered, the majority of them by ships dispatched from Halifax. Of this total, 128 were buried at sea and 209 were delivered to Halifax—150 of those buried in three Halifax cemeteries. They remain there to this day, the largest number of Titanic graves in the world, cared for in perpetuity by the city and visited by thousands of people each year.
On the one-hundredth anniversary of Titanic’s sinking, author John Boileau examines the relationship between the city and the unprecedented tragedy. This illustrated history includes over 100 historical photographs of the people and places involved in Halifax’s sombre recovery effort.
For eighty-five years dozens of victims of one of the most famous ships in history rested quietly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, until the 1997 film Titanic created a renewed interest in the burial sites. Visitors to Halifax have many questions about the city’s connection to the infamous ship. Of the 328 bodies found, why were some buried at sea? Why were 59 bodies sent elsewhere for burial and the rest buried in Halifax? Titanic Victims in Halifax Graveyards answers those questions while telling the intriguing and little-known story of the 150 passengers and crew who were buried in the port city of Halifax. Using official reports and newspaper articles, author Blair Beed provides an outline of life on board the Titanic, describes society as it was in 1912, and highlights the care for the dead taken by the crews of the recovery ships and those who met them on arrival in Halifax. This revised edition, with two new chapters and an updated design, is an important addition to any Titanic library.
Edited by Logan Marshall
Originally published in 1912, The Sinking of the Titanic was an instant bestseller and remains an important account of the most famous marine disaster in history. Based on the personal testimony of Titanic survivors, this book tells in remarkable detail the complete history of Titanic—from the vessel’s construction to departure from Southampton, to the collision, ensuing panic, and ultimate sinking. The chronicle includes first-hand accounts of many of the survivors, and concludes with the efforts in New York and Halifax to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Illustrated throughout, this reprint contains the original drawings and photos of the “Great Ship” and some of its passengers—both those who survived to tell their remarkable tales, and those who perished on that fateful April night.
Here’s the full list of Nimbus Books about the Titanic
It’s either the most brilliant idea in the history of themed cruises, or the worst idea in the history of themed cruises, a recreation of the Titanic, now with extra added lifeboats.
It is the brainchild of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, a working replica of the Titanic with carry 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins and an additional 900 crew members, scheduled to set sail in 2016.
Titanic II was announced at a press conference in New York. “It will be the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches,” Palmer said.
Of course, that’s what they said in 1912, right up until they hit the iceberg and Rose wouldn’t let Jack onto the floating door.
Instead of staring wildly ahead with telescopes, studying the landscapes for icebergs, because presumably they have technology for that sort of thing now, tourists can relax, in full 1920s regalia.
Ticket-dependent, tourists can either join the toffs for afternoon tea on the deck, or the Irish jigs down in steerage, because a rigorous class system will be enforced on board, although passengers will get to switch around every few days at sea.
Popular Nimbus Titles about the Titanic:
Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends. (Source: Dr. Marty Becker)
An interesting story on a Nova Scotian Legend:
Beadle’s Monthly carried a startling feature in November 1866: two drawings of a “great sea-monster” witnessed by the author, Jesse H. Lord, during a visit to Green Harbor, Nova Scotia, in August 1855. Lord recalled that he had just arrived in town when he found the townspeople in a great commotion over “the snake.” Presently he saw a monster emerge from the sea, pursuing boats through a channel and into the harbor:
Near what might be the head, rose a hump, or crest, crowned with a waving mass of long pendulous hair like a mane, while behind, for forty or fifty feet, slowly moved, or rolled, the spirals of his immense snake-like body. The movement was in vertical curves, the contortions of the back alternately rising and falling from the head to the tail, leaving behind a wake, like that of a screw-steamer, on the glassy surface of the ocean. … In a moment he raised his head, from which the water poured in showers, and opening the horrid jaws he gave utterance to a noise resembling nothing so much as the hissing sound of steam from the escape-pipe of a boiler.