Titanic and Liverpool

Titanic and Liverpool

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If you had been behind the Titanic on that fateful night in 1912, the last word that flashed before your eyes as the great ship was lost to the sea would have been a€˜Liverpoola€™. The shipa€™s loss, a national and international tragedy, was also a tragedy for its home port and this fascinating book explores the history and myths surrounding the sinking, highlighting for the first time new and extraordinary stories that link Europea€™s pre-eminent port and its most famous maritime loss. Using material from the White Star line archives, the extensive holdings of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, new illustrations and a variety of historical sources, Scarth unearths the full back story of key characters and companies: many of her key officers and crew were either from Liverpool or had strong links with the port, the shipa€™s owners were based in the City, many of the most colourful tales emerging from the disaster relate to Liverpool people and here, where appropriate, we find out what happened to them after the sinking. Titanic and Liverpool will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the Titanic and also for anyone hoping to understand Liverpoola€™s role as the great processing port of Europe and gateway to the US and Canada.The real story here is not about a single sinking, but why such a ship existed in the first place. ... Alison Stephens reformatted the text, while Bill Watson advised on the cover design. Sarah-Jane Farr of the Merseyside Archaeological Survey identified the site of Bruce Ismaya#39;s former home in south Liverpool. ... Above all, I must thank my wife Angela, daughter Stephanie and dog Benji for their constant support and encouragement, without which this book would not have been written.

Title:Titanic and Liverpool
Author:Alan Scarth
Publisher:Liverpool University Press - 2009


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