Rescuing Titanic


Captain Rostron and the crew who alerted him to the plight of the Titanic, were determined that their passengers, aboard the RMS Carpathia, should not be alarmed. They had 58 miles through treacherous icebergs, to course in the depths of the night. As they travelled, messages continued from the Titanic, ‘Come quickly as possible, OM. Engine room filling up to the boilers‘.

The dining rooms of the Carpathia were prepared to receive survivors. Meanwhile, they continued to send flares of hope into the starry sky, determining the Titanic should be afloat. What’s more the icebergs they coursed grew more ominous. Furthermore, when  they arrived at the ‘Titanic’s last reported location- the mighty ship was nowhere to be seen’.

Thereafter, this rescue ship, took aboard all 706 survivors they found in the dark, from lifeboats, to upturned Collapsible Boat B. What’s more they fed and supported them; ‘everyone did their best to console the survivors and encouraged those overcome with grief to eat and drink a little’. 

Florat Delargy’s Rescuing Titanic is a monumental historical narrative picture book. The dedicated research is evident in the information she shares and the setting she creates. It means we can imagine the Carpathia approaching the scene as stealthily and quickly as it might, and the shock at what was discovered. What’s more, Flora Delargy gives voices to those who helped, witnessed and were rescued, from crew, to passengers.

Bookwagon recommends Rescuing Titanic hugely to our readers. This is a magnificent non-fiction, historical picture book.

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Rescuing Titanic

A True Story of Quiet Bravery in the North Atlantic

Flora Delargy

(Wide Eyed)– hardback

We know about the Titanic disaster, thanks to superb books such as Tragedy at Sea. However, what do we know about the RMS Carpathia? Therefore, in Rescuing Titanic, Flora Delargy, builds the story of the nine year old cargo and passenger ship, that rescued all the survivors it could find in the icy North Atlantic.
Not only are the destinations, cargo, crew and passengers of the two ships explained, but the history and routine of the Carpathia also. Therefore, we learn how the Mediterranean route carried what, tobacco, metals and lumber alongside holidaying passengers. What’s more, one of them, Bernice Palmer, bore a proud Kodak Box Brownie camera, prepared for her travels. This instrument would shed light on one of the twentieth century’s biggest disasters.
Also aboard the Carpathia was Harold Cottam.  It seems his tireless messaging led his ship to reach the stricken liner. Whats more, we realise the strength through the chain of command of this ship. While stories of individual crew members and passengers are fascinating, so too is the course set by the Carpathia. It means we can imagine this ship, picking its way through the icebergs. What’s more, we can imagine the way the crew determined that no passengers should be alarmed. It seems that we can see the flares in the night sky and realise the fear and anticipation.
Bookwagon is awed by Flora Delargy’s historical account. While her pictures and style are reminiscent of that of William Grill, this story is her own to tell. It means that Rescuing Titanic is an absorbing, educative, stirring story that Bookwagon admires and recommends highly.


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