Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler
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After rewriting history with their discovery of a Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, legendary divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler decided to investigate the great enduring mystery of history's most notorious shipwreck: Why did Titanic sink as quickly as it did?
To answer the question, Chatterton and Kohler assemble a team of experts to explore Titanic, study its engineering, and dive to the wreck of its sister ship, Brittanic, where Titanic's last secrets may be revealed.
Titanic's Last Secrets is a rollercoaster ride through the shipbuilding history, the transatlantic luxury liner business, and shipwreck forensics. Chatterton and Kohler weave their way through a labyrinth of clues to discover that Titanic was not the strong, heroic ship the world thought she was and that the men who built her covered up her flaws when disaster struck. If Titanic had remained afloat for just two hours longer than she did, more than two thousand people would have lived instead of died, and the myth of the great ship would be one of rescue instead of tragedy.
Titanic's Last Secrets is the never-before-told story of the Ship of Dreams, a contemporary adventure that solves a historical mystery.
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Company Morgan controlled, as well as all White Star ships. If Morgan took his business elsewhere, it would bankrupt the company that was a second skin to Pirrie. Pirrie had gone to work at the shipyard when he was a teenage boy. His mother, Eliza, had not remarried after her husband’s death in Canada. In the summer of 1862, she had paid Edward Harland one hundred guineas to train her son as a shipbuilder. The fifteen-year-old Willie Pirrie rented a room in a row house a short walk from the.
And timbers were slippery with the night’s coating of rime, and the bad footing slowed the men as they picked their way among the sheds, chandleries, and tally shacks on the wharves. The first hour of a cold day working outside was brutal, but the effort of stowing cargo, coaling, watering, mucking out ballast, and manhandling mooring hawsers banished the chill by the time dawn marked the peaks of the buildings on the fringe of the waterfront. The new White Star office on the corner of James.
Bucket of seawater over Kohler’s head to cool him down. Kohler returned the favor. They switched on their rebreathers. Kohler didn’t get throw-up scared anymore. When he was twenty years younger, and other divers were dying on the Doria, he would get so sick he felt like he was going to vomit into his mouthpiece. By the time he’d prepared himself for descending to Britannic, the fear was different. He never believed he was going to die. It was more like the fear he got on an amusement park.
The premise of the series was simple: Every shipwreck presented a mystery; he and Richie Kohler solved it. Chatterton listened to people who called him with ideas because some of them panned out, and some were just good stories. Let’s hear it, Chatterton said. The Big T, Concannon said. The words hung in cellphone space. The Big T? Chatterton couldn’t figure out what Concannon was talking about. Titanic, Concannon said, breaking the awkward silence. He went on to say that he had been an.
Collection and his bicycle. He later became controversial because of his relationship with Wilhelm II, the former kaiser of Germany, who lived in exile in Doorn, Holland, after Germany’s defeat in World War I. Pirrie’s record of pragmatic relationships with his workers and managers is described in Jefferson, pp. 204–05. The construction details and specifications produced by Thomas Andrews are from the Harland and Wolff 1:360 scale plans for Titanic from the Ulster Folk and Transportation.