Coal was there for Burning. First Edition in dustjacket

By: MILSOM, C.H. ISMAY, Thomas Henry

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MILSOM, C.H. The Coal was there for Burning. (London) : Marine Media Management, (1975). First Edition. Pp (3),iv-xiii,(1),1-77,(1) + 8 p. of plates. Large 8vo, maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Map end-papers. On the wreck of the White Star liner Atlantic on April 1, 1873, at Mars Head, near Lower Prospect, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the loss of 562 people. "Rushing througn a pitch black night bound for a port none of her navigating officers had seen before, and with her captain fast asleep in his room, the trans-Atlantic White Star liner Atlantic ran at full speed on to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia. The date was All Fool's Day, 1873, but it was a cruel joke which Fate played on the Atlantic's 933 passengers and crew for she shouid have been nowhere near Nova Scotia. The passengers were looking forward to landing in New York and starting the better life which they expected to find in the New World, but the voyage had been plagued with bad weather all the way from Liverpool and the chief engineer now feared that the ship was running short of coal. Halfax was the nearest port at which to refuel and on the engineer's advice the master altered course. It was a decision which was to cost the lives of 562 people, including every woman and child on board except one - a boy of 12. The disaster was caused negligent navigation, of that there is no doubt; but could the Atlantic have carried on safelyto New York or, as the master feared, would she have been left drifting an d powerless on the Nantucket shoals? To most marine historians the Atlanticis known only as the ship that ran out of coal. The author has traced a lo ng-forgotten report of a British Government investigation which shows that she could have carried on — but the chief engineer chose to believe the coal figures in his logbook and disregarded the evidence of his own eyes when he looked into the bunkers. The blunder of the engineer combined with the negligence of the master to produce one of the worst maritime disasters the world has ever known." (from the dj). Contents : 1. A Reputation for Safety. 2. Thomas Henry Ismay. 3. Preparation for Final Voyage. 4. "Bear up for Halifax." 5. Shipwreck! 6. "Through Want of Proper Management." 7. The Coal was there for Burning. Appendices: A. Extract from Memoramdum of Survey. B.Summary of Coal Consumption. C. Papers relating to the loss of the Atlanti c. D. "An Appreciation of the Atlantic's Engines" by G. J. A. White. Very good, as new in dustjacket. 35.00

Title: Coal was there for Burning. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: MILSOM, C.H. ISMAY, Thomas Henry

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Marine Media Management, London, 1975, ISBN:0900976500:

Seller ID: 54076

Keywords: NAUTICAL CANADIAN SHIPPING HISTORY DISASTERS SHIPWRECKS NOVA SCOTIA CANADA WHITE STAR,