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Titanic: Day by Day (Hardback)

366 days with the Titanic

Maritime British History P&S History 20th Century Titanic

By Simon Medhurst
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 400
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399011433
Published: 5th April 2022

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After the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912, the story hit the headlines worldwide. Details of the tragedy were displayed on the front pages of every newspaper and magazine, and were talked about in every home.

The events that happened on that fateful night should never be forgotten. In this unique book, each page is filled with information for every Titanic enthusiast, whether seasoned or a beginner. For each day of the year, there are births and deaths of passengers and crew alongside relevant newspaper articles from the time. These are details of true-life events as seen by the eyes of the world in 1912.

Also included are Titanic facts and Titanic survivor quotes. This allows the reader to discover more about the tragedy as it unfolded before the eyes of witnesses, and to delve into the British and American inquiries to see what really happened.

Simon's great-grandfather Robert Hichens, one of the six quartermasters of the Titanic, was at the helm when the ship hit the iceberg. He survived on lifeboat number six. His experience on Titanic is one of hundreds recounted in this book, passengers and crew alike.

Titanic Day by Day has a worldwide appeal to all ages because of the wealth of information and facts within. The book can be picked up both for casual reading or used every day of the week and enjoyed. It is distinctive in the way that it covers facts and information on Titanic’s passengers and crew in a daily format. With the information displayed throughout a full year, this allows for a uniquely straightforward exploration of details about the people who perished in the waters of the Atlantic and those that survived. This will keep their stories alive for generations to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have never read a book which was written in this format, but it really works very well with this one. We all know the tragic story of the Titanic: she runs into an iceberg during her maiden voyage and sinks, with a huge loss of life.

This book covers every day of the year. Who was born on a specific day, how much they paid for their fare or if they were staff, if they survived or if they perished. On that same day are listed all the passengers who survived the sinking but who died on that date later on. Some people quite soon, others decades later. The longevity of some of them was quite astonishing, especially for the time!

I have to admit that it took me a little while to read, being quite a dense book laden with facts and figures, so I just read a little every night. It would be great as a reference book and I intend to use it as such. I have read many books over the years about this tragedy but I learned quite a few new facts whilst reading this one so that was great. The author did a good job with all the little snippets that he added from newspaper quotes and other sources. Some of them were illuminating indeed!

My overwhelming feeling after reading this book though was sadness. All of those lives being lost is just so terrible, most of them very young. What struck me was that so very many of the dead were the staff and there was a particular group of migrants who also overwhelmingly died. I know that regulations about lifeboats have changed since this accident, but I do wonder if the best and worst of humanity would still be revealed today, if something like this was to happen in the current day. Point to ponder.

5 stars from me.

NetGalley, Monica Mac

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A well written and well-researched book. Full of interest, and sadness but a fascinating account of such a terrible disaster. Recommended

NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Titanic. Just that one word conjures up so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions. There are many insightful books out there that tell the story of the ill-fated vessel, but I’m yet to think of one that tells the story quite like this one by Simon Medhurst, the Great-grandson of Robert Hichens, quartermaster and helmsman of RMS Titanic.

Each page is a brand new day filled with passengers' information, quotes, and some interesting facts relating to the many facets of Titanic.
A little taster of the fascinating information, I shall turn to Day 256, 12 Sept (My birthday, of course)

Only one person was born on this day, Canavan, Mr. Patrick 12 Sept 1890 - aged 21 when on Titanic; third-class passenger (ticket price: £7 15s); Titanic victim.

And that is just a sample of the level of detail and research that has gone into this book.
Although tragic and heartbreaking, I found this book gives new life to the beautiful souls that are forever bound to the Titanic.

One I will happily reread, and I aim to read each day on the day starting next year.

Thank you so much, Pen and Sword & NetGalley.
A fabulous book that I’ll cherish forever.

NetGalley, Dani Hennessy

I have an annual tradition of reading something Titanic related during the week of April 15th. I do read things at other times as well but this particular week is just special. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the Titanic sinking on that early morning of April 15th, 1912. To honor this date, author Simon Medhurst decided to put together a book about the Titanic. As there are many books already written on this topic, he chose to go a different way with his research. In Titanic Day By Day: 366 Days With The Titanic there are first hand accounts, newspaper articles and facts about the Titanic. What is unique about this book is that there is also a list of all the passengers of the Titanic with the day they were born and the day that they died. It also tells you what lifeboat the passenger was on or if they were a Titanic victim.

Titanic Day By Day is very well researched. As I was reading along, I could tell what a passion project this was for the researchers. The approach was so unique. It was also really interesting to me that Simon Medhurst is a direct descendent of Titanic passenger Robert Hutchen. Robert Hutchen was the man behind the wheel when the ship hit the iceberg. He is also the authors great grandfather and this book is in honor of him.

While I was reading I highlight a few facts that I found interesting and I didn't necessarily already know. The first was that fourteen passengers on Titanic were from County Mayo, Ireland. Only three of these passengers survived. Since 2002 there is a bell ringing service that takes place at St. Patrick's cathedral in Lahardane. It starts at 2:20am (time of the sinking) and lasts for one hour. I think this is such beautiful way to honor those passengers. The second thing that made me pause and think was thee there were 14,000 gallons of drinking water consumed each day on the Titanic. This would be 224,000 cups of water distributed every 24 hours. That's alot of cups and water!

The final thing that cause me to think is something I've read before. It comes from Walter Lord's book A Night To Remember and it's quote "if wealth meant so little on this cold April night, did it mean so much for the rest of the year." Wealth did help in the sinking of the Titanic as there were many more first class passengers who were able to secure a place in a lifeboat. Sadly by the time third class passengers were given the opportunity, the boats were gone. Yet I do understand what Walter Lord is getting at as in the end wealth didn't save everyone and much of that wealth remains at the bottom of the ocean.

Titanic Day By Day is one of those books you can put on a table in your living room and just randomly skim through. It is very informative and easy to understand. There are also graphics throughout the book.

NetGalley, Allison Lamphere

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A very good historical book on the tragedy that was of the titanic. It was a wonderful ship in its time. It gives a good insight into the passengers and crew aboard the titanic. It brings the tragedy into real perspective with the accounts of people who sadly died and ones who survived. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes a good book to read on past history with its updated facts of what happened on that fateful night.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

As featured in: 'Titanic remembered on day ship met its fate'

News Letter (Belfast)

While I should have waiting to finish until April 15, reading about the Titanic is perfect for reading in April. This was different than I thought but still a great read for anyone interested in history or the Titanic in general. Each page lists births and deaths of Titanic passengers, quotes from survivors, news articles, and other facts and trivia related to the famous ship.

I found myself googling even more tidbits as I read to learn even more or see actual photos. The last survivor passed away in 2009. Next order of business is to visit the Pier where the survivors landed in NYC.

Really enjoyed this one!

NetGalley, Lauren Tyler

There is so much information in this book and there is definitely nothing else like it. It would be really interesting to read each date daily on the corresponding day. If you’re looking to learn more about Titanic, especially about her passengers, this is the book for you.

NetGalley, Cheyenne Schweikert

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is the exact Titanic book that I have been looking for, a day-by-day account of events, birthdays, and deaths. It doesn't have to be just for a Titanic nerd, anyone interested in general Titanic trivia, teachers, and even topics of conversation could use something from this book.

While I love the whole setup and content of the pages, I am also thrilled that the author has a Titanic heritage. I think that adds to the charm.

NetGalley, Michelle Champion

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It was such a detailed insightful read. I loved the way that it covers facts and information on Titanic’s passengers and crew in a daily format. With the information displayed throughout a full year, this allows for a uniquely straightforward exploration of details about the people who perished in the waters of the Atlantic and those that survived.

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

The author is the great grandson of Robert Hichens, one of Titanic's quartermasters who was at the helm of the great ship when she struck the iceberg. Hichens would survive the sinking by manning one of the lifeboats and I think this book is a wonderful tribute to not only him from his grandson, but a greater tribute to EVERYONE who lived and died that night.

This book is incredibly unique in that we are given a look at every single person who set foot on the ship during her maiden voyage. Starting on January first, the author lists events on that day related to every passenger and crew member - those who were born that day, and those who survived the sinking but died on that particular day later on. The author also includes news articles from the day, quotes from survivors, and an assortment of facts about the Ship of Dreams. As a result, we get quite a bit of information on both the American and British inquiries in the days following Carpathia's arrival in New York with the exhausted and traumatized survivors.

I truly appreciated that the author sought out information on everyone. So often we only hear about the first class passengers who lived and died, because that is the information most readily available. But second- and third-class passengers were no less important and deserve to have their stories told as well.

This book is nothing short of a labor of love and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in learning a bit more about those who lived and died that awful night.

NetGalley, Sarah Mueller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating. Terribly sad, of course, but fascinating.

This is the first book I have ever read about The Titanic and I enjoyed it very much. I thought it was very well researched. This book details every day of the year, with one page for each day.

Each page lists the passengers born on that day, if they were crew or paying passengers, how much they paid for their ticket and if they were saved or unfortunately perished.

It also lists passengers who survived and later died on that day of the year.

Following that there are quotes from survivors who witnessed what happened that night. Usually you get a quote from someone listed on that page (but not always) which I found simply fascinating, to get a glimpse of their story.

And finally a quick Titanic fact at the bottom of each page.

I honestly didn't want to put it down.

NetGalley, Belle Hart

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Very well researched and written, a must read for those in love with the romanticism and tragedy of Titanic.

NetGalley, James Widmore

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Well written in a way that honours those who tragically pass away.
Very interesting well worth buying.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Really good book with some really helpful facts for every day. Perfect for any titanic fan or avid explorer!

NetGalley, Lisa Tweddle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fascinating insight into the people who sailed on the Titanic. The book is written by date, with lists of everyone on the ship who was born on that date, who died on that date (if they survived the sinking), along with facts about Titanic, and snippets of information from the investigation after or from survivor memories. A great book to dip in and out of.

NetGalley, Sarah Goddard

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have had a decade + fascination with the Titanic and I really thought there was nothing left for me to learn, but the set up of this book - which features "people who were born on this day" and "people who died" is actually a great add to a book that, amazingly, manages to supply us with little known events/facts about the Titanic.

This book is obviously WELL researched and the author has a way of writing that made me want to read further. Intrigued and fascinated at the same time, a great book for any fan of the Titanic.

NetGalley, Tina Avon

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’m always fascinated by the Titanic and can never not read any new book that comes out about it no matter how much I’ve read. This was so unique in how it recounts what went on and I really enjoyed the different quotes and new information.

NetGalley, Isla Rose

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a well written and incredibly well researched non fiction read that goes into day by day what happened during the journey of the Titanic and after. The information within the book was so compelling and made for a fascinating read. I couldn't put it down.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have read just about every book written about Titanic and her crew and passengers. I have not, however, ever read a book that gave this much information about the passengers and crew. Mr. Medhurst has painstakingly given birthdays and dates of death for each of Titanic’s passengers and crew whether they have died aboard the ship or years later. Also included are quotes and stories from passengers and crew along with newspaper reports. This is one of the finest books detailing the Titanic disaster that I have ever read. Thank you so much for allowing me to read this amazing book.

NetGalley, Stacey Bradley

4 stars

This is an interesting book. Especially the first hand descriptions by the surviving passengers and others.

The book contains a bibliography and an appendix for those who would like to further explore the subject.

The author, a direct descendent of Robert Hitchens (who was at the helm when the Titanic collided with the infernal iceberg), pens this book to honor his great-grandfather. He lists everyone who was born and those who died on any given date throughout the 366 days of 1912. He also includes first-person stories and interesting facts about the Titanic.

This is a good book and will be a good addition to readers of On a Sea of Glass, or those who have an interest in the great ship.

NetGalley, Joyce Fox

About Simon Medhurst

At the age of 45, after a lifetime of interest in the Titanic story, SIMON MEDHURST discovered that the history of the famous ship actually ran in his blood when he was reunited with his birth father. He found out that he is, in fact, the great-grandson of Robert Hichens, quartermaster of the Titanic. Hichens was at the helm on that fateful night when the ocean liner struck the infamous iceberg.


Simon's amazing discovery is remarkable and has now given a new meaning to his interest and, ultimately, led to the writing of this book. He has sought to encapsulate the lives and stories of everyone on board the Titanic, including his great-grandfather, for it was truly a night to remember.

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