That Sinking Feeling!

By Stephen

Recently, when my wife and I were driving through Pidgeon Forge, we passed a relatively new attraction “The Titanic.”   Off hand, I said, without really thinking about it,  “I don’t think I would like to go on that because I would a get a sinking feeling.”

The tragedy of  “Titanic” has always been of interest since the tragedy took place a century ago.   Movies about the famous liner have been produced from a few weeks after she sank unto the re-release of the latest movie in three D last month.  Documentaries, released in the last few years, have featured footage taken from submersibles diving on the wreck, proving once and for all that the ship split before sinking.

The  branches of the Fontana  Regional Library system are the place to come to research the sinking of the great liner, whether you want books, motion pictures, or other resources about the tragedy.   Walter Lord’s  A Night to Remember is the classic,  a revised edition is available in the catalog.

Two recent events have sparked more interest in the great ship’s tragic maiden voyage:  the release of the movie “Titanic” in 1997 and 100th anniversary of the sinking this year.  The Titanic:  the Extraordinary Story of the “Unsinkable”  Ship  was published to coincide with James Cameron’s film.   So was The Last Days of the Titanic:  Photographic and Mementos of the Tragic Maiden Voyage.  The latter book is filled with photographs taken by one of the survivors.

More recent offerings about the Titanic  include:  Anton Gill’s Titanic:  Building the World’s Most Famous Ship;  John Chatterton and Richie Kohler’s  Titanic’s Last  Secrets;  Nick Barratt’s Lost Voices from the Titanic:  the Definitive Oral History,  Barrett used a number sources, including the transcripts of the hearings on both sides of the Atlantic into what the liner to sink, and other eyewitness accounts of the tragedy.  The middle book, by the authors of the “Shadow Divers,”  traces the history of the ship while      diving the wreck to examine the structure of the vessel. Gill examines the building the ship.

Another source for information about this famous ship is NCLive.  This collection of databases and other information sources can be accessed either at home or in the library by going the Fontana website and clicking the link to NCLive.  Your library card number will get you in.

As well as the books in the Fontana Regional Library branches, there a number of websites dedicated to the Titanic and the tragedy.  The quickest way to get to them is Google Titanic.  The sites you will be linked to includes the news report of an Australian billionaire’s plan to build a replica of the Titanic, to be named Titanic II.

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