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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite
As someone who reads every book on the Titanic they can find, I was certain this book would not give me any new information or reveal anything I had not read before. I was quickly proven wrong. An Unsinkable Titanic looks at the sinking of the grand ship from a technical view, basically from the perspective of an engineer, and details how the construction of the ship led to the tragedy on April 14th and 15th, 1912. Author Connor Martin covers the sinking in full detail, focusing on the ship’s construction, the bulkheads, the watertight compartments, the hull, and how the inclusion of entertainment features had an impact on the safety of the great ship. Included are illustrations of the Titanic and other ships, a full chapter on the night the Titanic struck an iceberg, and charts how the Titanic stacks up against other ships as far as speed and overall construction.
At the heart of An Unsinkable Titanic and Connor Martin’s argument is the mention of a ship I’d never heard of called the Great Eastern. According to history, this ship was the first great “unsinkable” ship. The Great Eastern, because of her construction, probably would have survived the iceberg collision that sank the Titanic, even though she was built in the mid 1800s! This fact and others make this book a unique and interesting read. Further, the writing is rich and fluid, the information is well researched, and the author’s passion for the topic is evident throughout. I would highly recommend the book to readers interested in shipwrecks, the Titanic, engineering, or history.