Titanics Last Secret’s by Brad Matsen

In August of 2005, 93 years after Titanic had sunk and become the worlds biggest ship disaster – a discovery about the ship is revealed.  A team that had been diving found previously undiscovered wreckage of the ship that led to the conclusion that Titanic’s bow had not rose up in the air as the famous movie scene dictated – but instead had broken in half while the ship was horizontal. 

How is it that all these years later that this could be true?  With all the eye witnesses from the life boats, how was this one fact told incorrectly or pushed so far from what really happened?

I have always been fascinated with all things Titanic.  The tragedy is monumental and to this day I struggle wrapping my heard around the sheer magnetism of the senseless loss of life.  I have read many books on the subject feeling almost as though I had put myself on the ship, trying to escape Titanic and hoping for another outcome….  when I seen this audio I knew I had to listen to it.

What Brad Matsens research for this book covers is why the Titanic sunk so quickly, when in all rights it should have been fine to float until the rescue boats came… instead, the time between the iceberg hitting the boat and the sinking of this great ship was two hours and forty minutes.  That’s enough to give my chills.  What is pointed out in this telling is that the Titanic and in fact other large ships like her, were not built sound enough – too large for the building skills of the time.

The book while  starting out in modern-day, travels back to the original building of the ship from the three famous men who were the creation and ultimately the fate of Titanic, Lord Pirrie, Bruce Ismay, and Thomas Andrews, all through the discussion of the lifeboats and how ugly they were on the ship so really why not cut them to the bare minimum?

You also get a retelling of what happened that night and perhaps most interesting for me, what happened in the days and weeks after the ship sank as far as the trials and the holding of the ships crewman who survived for questioning. 

Those of you who are interested in Titanic like me will find this an informative and thought-provoking read – a definite addition to my Titanic resources.

7 thoughts on “Titanics Last Secret’s by Brad Matsen

  1. I, too, am fascinated by the Titanic and have been lucky enough to go to two different exhibits of the artifacts they’ve recovered, some so personal it makes you want to cry…like a diamond bracelet spelling out the name “Amy.” Also wild survivor stories…one guy didn’t make the sailing because he was SHANGHAIED the day before–finally made it back to England TWO YEARS later to discover the kidnappers in all probability saved his life. I recommend The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a novel that focuses on the hearings afterward and the details about how some of the more unscrupulous rich passengers survived. As always, thanks for shaing!

  2. This sounds really good! I love learning and reading about the Titanic so I may have to add it to my TBR. I wonder how true it is that maybe it didn’t sink like it did in the movie…hmmmm…

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