A reporter explores the role that criminal negligence may have played in history's most famous disaster at sea.
The RMS Titanic was hailed as largest, strongest, safest ship of its time, an exemplar of British shipbuilding. But what the 1,500 victims who sailed to their watery graves never knew was that much of the ship was imperfectly forged from cheap and recycled scrap iron-and that the tragedy may have been caused by gross negligence and greed.
Investigative reporter Robert Strange has studied scientific, forensic evidence from metal raised from the ship's carcass miles deep on the ocean floor, and secrets hidden for a hundred years within the archives of the shipyard that built and launched the vessel, to answer the question: Who sank the Titanic? This book examines the intense cost-cutting pressures which could have contributed to the Titanic's demise and one of the greatest loss-of-life disasters in maritime history. The book makes the argument that there was negligence in every area of the ship's planning and construction-and that her owners, her planners, her builders, and the government ministers who watched her set sail could be considered complicit in one of the greatest mass homicides in history.
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- Title Page
- Chapter 1 'I reported it as soon as I seen it .'
- Chapter 2 '. competent to produce disastrous results'
- Chapter 3 'A most extraordinary circumstance'
- Chapter 4 'Gross breach of a relevant duty of care .'
- Chapter 5 'Drinking his blood will save our lives .'
- Chapter 6 'Many more could have been saved .'
- Chapter 7 'Who, if anyone, told you to enter that lifeboat?'
- Chapter 8 'The stench was like that from a pen of pigs .'
- Chapter 9 '. irritating, meddling and muddling to the benefit of nobody'
- Chapter 10 '. there were eight feet of water in it'
- Chapter 11 '. like wild beasts ready to spring'
- Chapter 12 '. a wanton superfluity of luxury'
- Chapter 13 'The electric lights were burning right to the very last .'
- Chapter 14 'No deviation is to be permitted .'
- Chapter 15 '. my best love to salute you'
- Chapter 16 'It was terrible cries, Sir'
- Chapter 17 'Who is responsible for this state of affairs?'
- Chapter 18 'See Our Oars With Feather'd Spray'
- Chapter 19 'Not only the graveyard of a great ship .'
- Chapter 20 'Having mounted a restive horse .'
- Chapter 21 'Sell out without further delay'
- Chapter 22 'A matter certainly worth fighting for .'
- Chapter 23 'Lord Salisbury did not trust Mr Pirrie .'
- Chapter 24 'I suffer from the infirmity of deafness .'
- Chapter 25 'Scaffolding not sufficient for the work .'
- Chapter 26 'Gigantic Waves . Ships in Peril'
- Chapter 27 'There should be independent testing .'
- Chapter 28 'The Surveyor might report .'
- Chapter 29 'Happy Birthday to You .'
- Chapter 30 '. infected with the disease of sloppiness'
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