On this Day: Sinking of the Titanic

One Hundred and eight years ago the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean at 2.20am, killing approx. 1,500 souls.

ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD!

On that fateful, cold arctic April night, despite six iceberg warnings, Titanic hit the berg. A call was placed from Lookout Frederick Fleet to Sixth Officer James Moody. The famous words ‘Iceberg right ahead’ shouted across the line. The Quartermaster was then ordered by James Moody to turn the ship in order to avoid a head on collision.

This decision unfortunately doomed the ship. Although the ship avoided the iceberg, but instead struck the ice beneath the sea level, creating holes along the starboard side. This caused the plates of the ship to buckle and damaging the rivets causing them to split.

Gallons of sea water began to pour into the hold and boiler rooms, filling compartments and passageways. Through the deck hatches water began to poor in unevenly through the ship. This caused a slight angle to the ship with the bow (front part) of the ship sinking beneath the waves at a faster pace. Eventually this caused the stern of the ship to rise above the water, bob a little then finally sink below the waves at 2.20am.

Der Untergang der Titanic by Willy Stower

Titanic consisted of 20 lifeboats. They could take up to 68 people on each. There were not enough for everybody on board, but at the time this amount was considered above the usual capacity required under maritime law. Around 700 people survived the titanic. The lifeboats would have held 1,360 souls.

There are many mysteries, and theories about the Titanic that still fascinate scholars and artists alike. The wreckage was found a little over 70 years ago, and the images are haunting, but very beautiful.

Further Recommended Reading:

Non-Fiction:

Fiction:

Images:

Der Untergang der By Willy Stöwer, died on 31st May 1931 – Magazine Die Gartenlaube, en:Die Gartenlaube and de:Die Gartenlaube, Public Domain

Iceberg: The iceberg thought to have been hit by Titanic, photographed the morning of 15 April 1912 by SS Prinz Adalbert‘s chief steward. The iceberg was reported to have a streak of red paint from a ship’s hull along its waterline on one side.

Wreckage: By Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI). – http://www.gc.noaa.gov/gcil_titanic.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18643198

Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London

Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.

Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.

With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart

As part of being a mills and Boon insider I receive a monthly email with ARC’s in an exchange for an honest review.

The Princess Plan was emailed to be in November 2019 and its by far one of my favourites. The story line is mainly about the romance between the two main characters Sebastian and Eliza, however there is also a murder plot, which keeps you guessing right till the end.

Like with most forbidden romance it was a little heart wrenching at times because of the will-they-wont-they troupe. It was quite a roller coaster of a journey.

Any outstanding novel by a beloved Mills and Boon author. Definitely worth a read.

Lockdown challenges & Readthons

Hello fair readers,

I’ve been in lockdown now for 3 weeks. So far I’ve reestablished my love for knitting, sewing and Period Dramas.

I am currently working from home. I will get a lot of downtime during work, so I’ve created my new Bingo reading challenge to read some of the books that have been on my shelves a while.

This is, of course Historical Fiction based, and to get started with a bang, I have signed up to a Readathon from 13th-19th April. Added Bonus: you could win a $50 Gift card. Sign up here… FYI: Bookly is a Reading Assistant App that gives you stats and goals to smash your reading challenges.

You can challenge yourself to read books across the board or go for a full house. I’m planning a full house to be read in 2 months. End of may here I come..

The Books I’ve chosen for each challenge are:

I hope you and your families are safe, and I am so proud to be part of the NHS. The Frontline workers are amazing and brave and are sacrificing so much. As are all Key workers, and supermarket staff. We are all so proud.

KB