Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic Lives

If you've watched Titanic in 3D this week or want to mark the centenary of the disaster at 2:20 a.m. this  Sunday,  you might want to dive into the venerable Dictionary of National Biography.

The DNB 's Titanic Lives  available online through Kimbel Library, features the life stories of those central to the sinking, including:

  • Captain Edward Smith, who was criticized for pushing the ship to excessive speed on the night of the disaster;
  • Joseph Ismay, head of the White Star Line who " made his escape under controversial circumstances" and
  • Wallace Hartely, orchestra leader, who played on deck as passengers evacuated.
  • Passengers, performers and others peripheral to the Titanic event.
One bio you won't find here is Molly Brown; for that, jump into the American National Biography, also available through Kimbel Library.

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