RMS Titanic Manual 19091912 Olympic Class Hutchings & de Kerbrech


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From The Daily Mail:

A Titanic task: Motor specialists Haynes produce a manual for the 'unsinkable ship'
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If only they'd had this book when the Titanic hit the ice-berg... who knows how it might have all turned out?
Nearly a century after the ill-fated luxury liner sank on its maiden voyage to the depths of the freezing the North Atlantic, those masters of the motorists' car manual at Haynes have diversified into a fascinating new area with the 'RMS Titanic Owners' Workshop Manual 1909-12 (Olympic Class).'
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1370085/A-Titanic-task-Motor-specialists-Haynes-produce-manual-unsinkable-ship.html

Comment: This book is written by David F. Hutchings and Richard de Kerbrech. Should be worth a look.​
 
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I am surprised to see comments such as:
"had only 20 full-sized life-boats capable of carrying 65 passengers each."
"just 706 survivors were rescued by the Carpathia"

Wonder if these are errors in the text or just in the write-up about the book?
 
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>>Wonder if these are errors in the text or just in the write-up about the book?<<

Could be both for all I know. You would think that anybody doing a write up on a book would take the time and trouble to actually read it. With the media, this isn't always the case.
 

Steven Hall

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Seems an interesting book.
Apart from ramming the bow onto a submerged ice shelf, I don't think anything else could have slowed her demise.
From that web-link: "We wanted to take people right in to the heart of the ship - behind every nut, bolt and rivet."
Mmmm, now that's a bold promise from a book just 160 pages in length.
But good luck to them with the book.
 
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Hi Elle,
In case you were still after an opinion on this book;
I have come across this book in the past and found it to feature some unique images and interesting information, so not exactly a serious resource like 'The Ship Magnificent' - but not a novelty either. If you can find a copy for less than $40 on ebay I would say it is certainly worth it!

~Mike
 

Harland Duzen

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I have a copy of it (the Dark Red version) and I would say it's very good and recommend it. :)

It basically a simplified (and lighter) version of the books "Titanic: The Ship Magnificent" and gives a general summary of how Titanic was built and powered. If you want to transition from knowing a bit to knowing everything about her, this book is good and has very nice photographs.

The book's only flaw is that between pages 50 - 55, It has the Original deckplans of the Olympic (with the B-deck promenade and curved wheelhouse) but incorrectly states them to be Titanic*. Other than that, it's great.


*I don't know if this has been changed or renamed in later editions.
 
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