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By Christopher Ward

ISBN-10: 1444707965

ISBN-13: 9781444707960

The notable real tale of 1 of the band contributors who famously performed because the Titanic sank, written through his grandson
On April 14, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and group misplaced their lives. because the order to desert send was once given, the orchestra took their tools on deck and persevered to play as the send went down. The violinist, 21 year-old Jock Hume, knew that his fiancée, Mary, was once looking forward to their first baby, the author's mother. A century later, Christopher Ward finds a dramatic tale of affection, loss, and betrayal, and the catastrophic effect of Jock's demise on very diverse Scottish households. He paints a shiny portrait of an age within which classification made up our minds the way people lived—and died. This notable piece of old detective paintings is usually a relocating account of the way the author's quest to profit extra approximately his grandfather printed the stunning fact a few relations he concept he knew, a fact that have been hidden for nearly 100 years.

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The Mackay-Bennett was three days’ sailing away from its destination but there was still much to be done and no time to be wasted. The ship’s carpenter made an operating table for the undertaker which was ‘strong enough to take a 20-stone man’, according to Mr Snow’s instructions. The undertaker also requested the carpenter to make three screens so that he could work in privacy away from curious eyes. Other hands were put to work cutting up sailcloth to make small duck bags. This was the purser, Frank Higginson’s idea.

The controversy over sea burials continued for many months after the Mackay-Bennett’s return. When the scale of the task facing the Mackay-Bennett became clear, Larnder radioed for supplies and assistance. The White Star Line commissioned a second cable ship, the Minia, to sail at speed to assist the Mackay-Bennett.

His log records the event without emotion and with few facts: ‘Drifting. Wind WSW, force 4. 25W. Picking up bodies. ’ Later he described the scene as ‘like nothing so much as a flock of sea gulls resting upon the water . . all we could see at first would be the top of the life preservers. ’ Hamilton’s diary entry that day provides an equally dramatic picture: April 21st: Two icebergs now clearly in sight, the nearest is over a hundred feet high at the tallest peak, and an impressive sight, a solid mass of ice, against which the sea dashes furiously, throwing up geyser like columns of foam, high over the topmost summit, smothering the great mass at times completely in a cascade of spume as it pours over the snow and breaks into feathery crests on the polished surface of the berg, causing the whole ice mountain, which glints like a fairy building, to oscillate twenty to thirty feet from the vertical.

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