Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic

Iceberg, right ahead!

I read this last week in honor of the 100 anniversary of the Titanic sinking. I have long had a fascination with the Titanic. The whole story and night is so interesting and tragic to me. Elizabeth Kaye retells a story that is often untold – what happened once the lifeboats reached the water and survivors were escaped from the sinking ship. This was an interesting perspective. The recount was compiled from documents, interviews, and other historical items.

The book beings with the passengers settling in for the evening and the jolt of the ship hitting the iceberg. It then goes on to recount particular passenger’s reactions to the jolt of the ship and what they experienced from that moment onward. It takes the reader onto lifeboat number 8 as it is being loaded and then lowered down to the water. It’s something that I feel is often missed and not thought about. What were the passengers thinking? How did they know where to go once their lifeboat reached the water? What did they face on the icy water?

It’s very short, so if the Titanic is something that interests you I would recommend taking some time to read this.

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