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SS. Titanic


The sinking of the Titanic (1912)

by Jay Henry Mowbray



Nota Bene. Dr. Mowbray was alive at the time of
the Titanic tragedy.  This book is the result of his
compilation of contempoary newspaper reports.  It
is an important record of how people reacted in 1912, 
but it should not be considered a factual history of
the ship and its demise.  This book contains hearsay
and rumours.                     - The Gaslight Coordinators

We would welcome hearing from anyone who can
supply details about Dr. Mowbray.  We have no
biographical information about him.

Table of Contents

TITLE PAGE

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

CONTENTS

GREAT MARINE DISASTERS PROM 1866 TO 1911.


HYMN FOR THE SURVIVORS OF THE TITANIC,
BY HALL CAINE, THE GREAT ENGLISH NOVELIST


HUNDREDS WEEP AT MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD FOR "ARCHIE" BUTT


CHAPTER I.
FROM A DAY OF DELIGHT TO DEATH.

April 14, 1912, a Fateful Date — Lulled to False Security — Peaceful Sabbath Ends in Dire Disaster — Hopes Sink Beneath the Cruel and Treacherous Waves of the Atlantic — Man's Proudest Craft Crumbles Like an Eggshell

CHAPTER II.
HEART-RENDING SCENES ON CARPATHIA.
The Next Day — Caring for the Sick — Meeting of the Survivors — Personal Wireless Messages Gives Precedence — Marconi's Appeal Fruitless — Quartermaster Tells Story

CHAPTER III.
BAND PLAYED TO THE LAST.
Suffering in the Lifeboats — Statement by Ismay — Would not Desert Husband — Thirty on Raft in Icy Water — Colonel Astor a Hero — Joked Over Collision — Officer Saves Many Lives

CHAPTER IV.
NEGLECT CAUSED DISASTER.
Tardy Answer to Telephone Call — Lookout's Signals Not Answered — Ship Could Have Been Saved — Three Fatal Minutes — Ismay Accused — Women Help With Oars — Ship Broken in Two — Band Played Till Last

CHAPTER V.
BELIEVED SHIP UNSINKABLE.
Shots and Hymn Mingle — Titanic Settled Slowly — Best Traditions Upheld by Passengers and Crew — Boiler Explosions Tore Ship Apart — Anguish in the Boats — Survivors Carried to Carpathia — Not Enough Provision Against Accident

CHAPTER VI.
HOW SURVIVORS ESCAPED.
Managing Director Accused — Stoker Makes Direct Charge — Supported by Many Survivors — Tells About It — "Please Don't Knock" — Demanded Food — Brave Lot of Women — First Officer Shot Himself

CHAPTER VII.
WOMAN'S THRILLING NARRATIVE.
Barber Says Good Word for Accused Shipowner — Claims He was a Witness — Saw the Whole Scene — Woman Tells Different Tale — Mrs. Carter's Thrilling Narrative — Barber's Story Differs From Ismay's Own

CHAPTER VIII.
SURVIVORS' STIRRING STORIES.
Survivors' Stirring Stories — How Young Thayer Was Saved — His Father, Second Vice President of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Drowned — Mrs. Straus' Pathetic Death — Black Coward Shot — Countess Aids in Rowing Boat

CHAPTER IX.
HOW ASTOR WENT TO DEATH.
How Astor Went to Death — "I Resign Myself to My Fate," He Said — Kissed Wife Fond Farewell — Lifted Cap to Wife as Boat Left Ship — Crushed to Death By Ice — Famous Novelist's Daughter Hears of His Death — Philadelphia Millionaires' Heroism — Last to See Widener Alive — Major Butt Dies a Soldier's Death

CHAPTER X.
NOTABLE WOMAN SAVED.
Praises Captain and Crew — Bids President of Grand Trunk Railway Good-bye — In Water for Six Hours — Saved by Cake of Ice — Boats not Filled, she says — Millionaire Died to Save Wife's Maid — Heroic Sacrifice of Railroad Official

CHAPTER XI.
MAJOR BUTT, MARTYR TO DUTY.
Major Butt Martyr to Duty — Woman's Soul-Stirring Tribute — Died Like a Soldier — Was the Man of the Hour — Assisted Captain and Officers in Saving Women — Cool as if on Dress Parade — Robert M. Daniel Tells of Disaster and Death of Heroes — Tiny Waifs of the Sea

CHAPTER XII.
MRS. ASTOR'S BRAVERY.
Showed Wonderful Fortitude in the Hour of Peril — Sailors in Lifeboat Tell of Her Heroism — Pleaded to Remain With Husband — Change Clothes to Embark — Seamen Confirm Murdock's Suicide — One Heartless Fiend — Williams Killed as Funnel Fell

CHAPTER XIII.
LIFEBOATS BUNGLINGLY HANDLED.
Widow of College Founder Scores Management for Lack of Drill — First Thought Damage was Slight — Aid May Have Been Near — No Oil in Life Lamps — Hudson, N.Y., Woman's Pathetic Recital — A.A. Dick, of New York, Talks

CHAPTER XIV.
NOT LIKE BOURGOGNE DISASTER.
Lone Woman Survivor Makes Comparison — Does Not Like "Law of the Sea" — Families First, It Should Be, She Says — Husband Greeted Like the Hero He was — Privations and Horror Hasten Death

CHAPTER XV.
BOY'S DESPERATE FIGHT FOR LIFE.
Plunged Into Icy Sea — Did Not See Berg — Parted From Parents — Saw Many jump Overboard-Leaped Into Ocean — Eight Year Old Boy's Narrative — Was "Very Quiet After He Was In Boat" — Another Lad Tells How He Saw His Uncle die

CHAPTER XVI.
CARPATHIA TO THE RESCUE.
Cunarder's Race to Titanic's Aid — Captain Rostrom's Unvarnished but Dramatic Report — Knot in Operator's Shoelace Saved Hundreds of Lives — Was About to Retire, But Slight Delay Enabled Him to Hear Message — Icebergs Defied in Desperate Rush.

CHAPTER XVII.
REFUSED TO LEAVE HUSBAND.
"Where You Are I Shall Be," Says Mrs. Isidor Straus — He Begged Her in Vain to Enter the Waiting Lifeboat — Women Row Lifeboats — Stokers no Oarsmen — Crazed Men Rescued — Collapsible Boats Failed to Work.

CHAPTER XVIII.
LADY DUFF-GORDON'S EXPERIENCES.
Says it was as if Giant Hand had Pushed Ship Down — Realistic Picture of Titanic's Death Plunge — The Long, Dreary Wait — Man at Wheel Tells of Crash — Told by Phone "Iceberg Ahead" just as Ship Struck — Saw Captain on Bridge

CHAPTER XIX.
SENATORS HEAR STARTLING STORIES.
Senators Hear Startling Stories — Probing Committee Took Prompt Action — Special Investigation to Forstall Spiriting Away of Witnesses — Prominent Persons on Stand — Carpathia's Captain and Head of White Star Line Chief Witnesses — Inventor of Wireless Telegraphy Also Testifies

CHAPTER XX.
SURVIVING OPERATOR'S EXPERIENCES.
Operator's Experiences — Tells Senator How He Escaped — Tale of Suffering and Death — Managing Director's Flight Balked — Long Hours and Low Wages for Wireless Men — Refused Help from Frankfurt — Called Its Operator a Fool — Laxity of Wireless — Denies Sending "Saved" Message — Gave Warning of Ice

CHAPTER XXI.
THE FUNERAL SHIP AND ITS DEAD.
Buried at Sea — Nearly all Sailors — No Prominent Men Buried — No Bullet Wounds Found — Halifax's Bells Toll for Dead — Astor's Body Identified — Death Ship's Voyage — The Captain's Story — Canon Hind's Narrative.

CHAPTER XXII.
INQUIRY BY UNITED STATES SENATE.
Loading at the Rail — Inadequate Life-saving Appliances — No Extra Lookout — Searchlights Blinding — Wireless Rivals Not All Aroused — Went to Death in Sleep — Scratch Seamen — Cries of Agony — A Pitiful Story — Senators Ascertain Pertinent Facts — Much Good Accomplished

REPORT CENSURES CAPTAIN OF CALIFORNIAN

LIST OF TITANIC PASSENGERS MISSING AND RESCUED IN PROGRESS

Still to come:

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