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Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  16 reviews
On the 100th anniversary of the "Titanic"'s sinking, a prominent "Titanic" researcher offers a final chance to see the ship before it disappears foreverThe "Titanic" was the biggest, most luxurious passenger ship the world had ever seen; the ads proclaimed it to be unsinkable. When it sank in April 1912 after hitting an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people, the world wa ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Wiley (first published January 18th 2012)
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J.W. Nicklaus
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nothing that teaches us about history is irrelevant. Nothing is irrelevant that instructs us regarding hubris. Posterity, when heeded, can illuminate far more than just the past—its brilliance can cast a meaningful glow into our future. Farewell, Titanic - Her Final Legacy should not be taken as just another book about a tragic ship or her history—author Charles Pellegrino has provided a wider scope of history, a template of humanity held against the context of Titanic's story.

Perhaps the most i
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Simon
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful but occasionally frustrating read. Pellegrino alternates between the sinking and the expedition that was over the wreck during the September 11 attacks. He was there. It is no disrespect to his experience that I was unconvinced there was a connection between the two events other than the obvious loss of life. On the other hand, his descriptions of the 2001 disaster were compelling.

Pellegrino is a scientist, and a writer. He makes the transformation of the ship into one large organism
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Mr. Titanic
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An essential facet of this immortal story. "Farewell, Titanic" - the third and final book in Charles Pellegrino's Titanic trilogy proves to be a captivating tribute to honor the centennial of the legendary lost liner's sinking. Offering a unique personal account, this book covers his involvement with the James Cameron era of Titanic exploration, the most spellbinding, methodical and enlightening series of expeditions to probe deeper into the remains of the fabled vessel than ever. The author's g ...more
Susan Paxton
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: titanic
As usual, Pellegrino's insights are valuable. In this book he answers some of his persistant critics by carefully footnoting his sources. A few minor irritants: a diagram of the ship to show the gradual flooding and location of structural failures would have been useful, there is at least one typo of the parenthentical comment attached to the wrong line variety, and Pellegrino needs to have someone proofread him to eliminate bonehead errors like referring to the "Countess Rothe" instead of the " ...more
Kim
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
YES, Virginia, the Titanic really happened. No, Virginia, Leonardo's and Kate's characters did not. For the rest of us..... there is this book. ...more
Paul
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quote:
The rotation must have continued for approximately one second-long enough to break the stern's back and to split the deck plates-straight across the well deck, just behind the anchor cranes. the clockwise rotation continued about 20 degrees before the down blast struck, with all the force of a tsunami striking a skyscraper at almost ninety feet per second (sixty miles per hour).

Quote:
The Titanic would have needed to cross the Atlantic for more than a century and perhaps for as long as a
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Angela
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having watched many a Titanic documentary, I decided I wanted to read more. I recall reading Dr Ballard’s book in the ‘80’s, I should see if the Calgary Public Library has a copy ...
...Anyways. This was an amazing book that greatly enriched my knowledge of the people onboard, the sinking, and the aftermath. I did not expect that the events of September 11, 2001, would be woven into a book about the Titanic. However I completely understand why the author did this, given his personal connection to
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Megan Farve
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I’ve had a passion for the Titanic and it’s history ever since elementary school. It’s story is both exciting and heartbreaking; a ship of dreams and disaster.

This book did a wonderful job of bringing the reader back to that fateful night in 1912 while also intermingling the deep sea dives that occurred nearly a century later. In this way, the author was able to further uncover the truth of how the Titanic sank.

I highly recommend this to any Titanic fanatic.
Lisa
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Can anyone say obsessed? I mean me -- although Mr. Pellegrino probably admittedly qualifies as well!

This book was fascinating. Charles Pellegrino has been studying the Titanic wreck for years, and is on the team of advisors for James Cameron's movie as well as his expedition dives -- all 13 of them!

Pellegrino also was friends with Walter Lord, who wrote the 1955 classic "A Night To Remember" based on all eye witness accounts of the sinking. This I now have downloaded on my Kindle and plan on r
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Orca
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A. 文本內容:
1.有條有理
全書分為三線進行敘述:
a.沈船當下及後續情況
b.調查報告及證詞
c.作者調查團探索進程
證詞及調查報告(b)歷歷如繪地重演當下情況(a),
而探進進程(c)將讀者帶進潛水艙, 貼近海床上靜靜躺著的鐵達尼,
並詳細解說科學上的細節, 及形構現狀的可能成因;

整體讀來相當過癮。

2.感情深刻
全書除了包含上列三者,
也參雜作者個人痛失親友的心路歷程, 讀來份外親切。

尤其是一段祈禱詞:
“當我去探險時,放開我,讓我走。我有那麼多事要看要做。
如果你需要我,叫喚我,我我會來到你身邊。
雖然你看不到我碰不到我,但我會與你常在。”
源自作者美國911時殉職的親友;

這段表達出這位消防員願意犧牲生命, 並藉此安慰生者,
也暗示作者深信,
鐵達尼號上捨己為人的英雄典範, 常在人間。


B. 吐槽編輯
1.部分句子有子句, 少部分子句中還有子句; 缺少標點符號, 使閱讀變得困難艱辛
(1)英文句子直譯成中文句子, 造成跨行超長句子
(2)一些句子我還要反覆看個二三次, 才看得懂在講什麼
(3)例:
p.72 細野正文試圖在船尾繞過阻擋他回到二等艙區和之外的救生艇區的高級船員。
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Victoria Shepherd
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lots of detailed, fascinating research but this book is unfocused. Chaotic jumping back and forth through time, amd the author seems very unfocused. The bulk of the book does focus on the Titanic, but veers into biography, amd meanders into analogies to 9/11, Vesuvius, and the Cold War. This book would have greatly benefited from a firm editor's hand. Disappointing, given that there is enough fascinating insight into Titanic in this book to render everything else distracting. Would have been nic ...more
Amber Ray
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Good technical information, but not a lot that I didn't know about. I'd have liked a few more hard and fast answers of why the iceberg won out, the causes of the sinking seem indirectly discussed at times or were just not clear enough for me I guess! ...more
Jeanette
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very emotional book, the most interesting, thought provoking one I’ve read , although i did find it a little too technical in parts. The author has been down to the Titanic, and is bonded to it, and his new facts about Lightoller and Murdoch were eye opening. Excellent.
Matt Astin
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Contained some new information that I, an amateur Titanic historian, did not know. Good combination of the scientific and humanistic aspects of the Titanic then and now.
Wendy Gray
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
great winding story
Jessica Stoller
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Really enjoyed this book. Gives the best picture of what really happened that I have ever read. A little bit of technical writing thrown in here and there, but didn't put me off at all. ...more
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Charles Pellegrino is a scientist working in paleobiology, astronomy, and various other areas; a designer for projects including rockets and nuclear devices (non-military propulsion systems), composite construction materials, and magnetically levitated transportation systems; and a writer. He has been affiliated with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand National Observatory, Brookhaven N ...more

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