In Titanic's Shadow: The World's Worst Merchant Ship Disasters

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The History Press, 1 окт. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 192
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While the near 1,500 victims of Titanic accounted for a huge loss of life, each of the ships here had a greater number of casualties, in some cases more than five times as many. In total, these 27 merchant ship sinkings resulted in a staggering loss of life at sea – more than 96,000 in total, 3,840 per ship. While the circumstances were different to Titanic, the outcome in each case was no less tragic. Yet, despite the fact that Titanic ranks behind so many other losses, so powerful has her name become that it was the inevitable choice to describe some of these other events, ‘Germany’s Titanic’ and ‘The Titanic of Japan’ being two examples. Ships include the Lancastria, Britain’s worst maritime disaster with 3,000 lost; the Ryusei Maru, a Japanese ‘Hellship’ loaded with 6,000 Allied POWs, torpedoed by a US submarine; and the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German liner packed with 7,800 civilians, sunk by a Russian submarine. There were no survivors and this tragedy was the worst maritime disaster of all time.

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Title Acknowledgements Introduction
First to Surpass the Titanic
Disaster in the Midst of a Miracle
Safe Passage Guaranteed? Part One
Those in Peril on the
The Price of Capitulation
Slaughter on the HellShips
They Were Expendable
Safe Passage Guaranteed? Part Two
No Roses on Their Graves
Coffin Ships
Not Always at
Ferries in Peril
A Close Call
Bibliography Research Sources
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DAVID L. WILLIAMS’s background is in professional industrial photography and technical publications. He was previously responsible for the entire aircraft and hovercraft in-service support operation of Westland Aerospace. He has written over 30 books on shipping and related subjects, including Great Passenger Ships that Never Were, Made on the Isle of Wight and Cabin Class Rivals for The History Press.

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