RMS Titanic Manual 19091912 Olympic Class Hutchings & de Kerbrech

Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
From The Daily Mail:

A Titanic task: Motor specialists Haynes produce a manual for the 'unsinkable ship'

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.​
Jul 20, 2000
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?
Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
>>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

Aug 8, 2001
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.
Apr 4, 2019
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!


Harland Duzen

Jan 14, 2017
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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