Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner - 1997

Front Cover of Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels

Front Cover of Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels. GGA Image ID # 10591787c9

On the calm, starlit night of Sunday, April 14, 1912, just five days after setting sail on her maiden voyage, the Titanic steamed full speed ahead into a North Atlantic icefield, collided with an iceberg, and sank within three hours, sending more than 1,500 passengers and crew to their deaths. For more than eighty-five years now, the terror and tragedy of that night has gripped the world's imagination, and the legacy of the Titanic has only continued to grow.

Here for the first time, is the most complete story of the Titanic --the construction of the largest and most luxurious ship the world had ever seen, her passengers and maiden voyage, the terrifying night of the sinking, the dramatic discovery, recovery, and conservation efforts, as well as astonishing new scientific information and artifacts, gathered during recent expeditions to the site. Finally, answers to many of the enduring mysteries surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

  • Features photographs from recent RMS Titanic, Inc. expeditions.
  • Includes new research, insights, and images from the acclaimed Discovery Channel documentary, Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster.

From the Inside Front Cover Flap

Over eighty-five years ago the world celebrated its greatest maritime achievement and shortly thereafter mourned its greatest maritime loss. Since that time, numerous books have been written on the Titanic and her legacy has certainly garnered increased notoriety.

Now, in the most complete and definitive book ever published, TITANIC Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner brings to life the entire Titanic story—from her construction in the early 1900s to her present-day exploration at the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Published in cooperation with the guardians of the Titanic wreck site, RMS Titanic, Inc., and the Discovery Channel, TITANIC features contributions from historians John Eaton and Charlie Haas, and personal thoughts from William F. Buckley, Jr., while he explores the wreck site nearly two and a half miles beneath the ocean's surface. Discovery Channel documented the latest expedition and provided the critical scientific expertise needed to reveal for the first time how the Titanic sank.

Throughout its pages, TITANIC showcases the immense collection of fascinating artifacts that hâve been recovered from the site while it renders the history of her construction and launching, her notable first-class, second-class, and third-class passengers, the events that led to the tragic sinking, her ultimate discovery in 1985, and the most recent expeditions to the wreck site that hâve resulted in significant scientific and historical discoveries.

Unlike any other book ever published on the Titanic, these pages magnificently present the combined efforts of hundreds of individuals through years of historical and scientific research, study, exploration, and preservation—an appropriate tribute to the hundreds of people who lost their lives on that dreadful night.


  • On the Ocean Floor
    by William I. Buckley Jr.
  • Titanic
    by John P. Eaton & Charles A, Haas
  • The Time of the Titanic
  • The Maiden Voyage
  • Terror at Sea
  • In Search of The Titanic
  • Anatomy of the Disaster
  • The Trail of Time
  • Epilogue
    by George Tulloch, President of RMS Titanic, Inc.

Author, Curation, and Publisher Information

William F. Buckley Jr. is an award-winning author, editor, lecturer, renowned host of "Firing Line," and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991. A resident of New York, he has written over thirty-five books, contributes to most American publications, and his essays appear in numerous anthologies.

"As illustrated in this definitive edition, the legacy of the Titanic serves as a warning to future generations: be cautious in the pursuit of extra-human conceits." -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Author Susan Wells is a San Francisco-based writer. Her most recent books have included The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games, America: Then & Now, and Jerusalem: In the Shadow of Heaven.,

RMS Titanic, Inc. was granted salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck of the Titanic by a United States Federal Court order in 1994. The company has undertaken the responsibility for the historical preservation of the wreck through restoring recovered artifacts and keeping these artifacts together as a collection without sale to private collectors.

The company continually explores the wreck and the surrounding ocean areas; obtains oceanographic materials; provides scientific education, and increases public awareness of the Titanic through worldwide touring exhibitions of artifacts.

Discovery Channel, one of the three networks of Discovery Communications, Inc., brings understanding to new levels through the highest quality non-fiction programming. Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster is the network's most successful program to date.

Tehabi Books

Titanic was conceived and produced by Tehabi Books. "Tehabi"-- symbolizing the spirit of teamwork-- derives its name from the Hopi Indian tribe of the southwestern United States.

As an award-winning book producer, Tehabi works with national and international publishers, corporations, institutions, and non-profit groups to identify, develop, and implement comprehensive publishing programs. Tehabbi books is located in Del Mar, California.

Printed in Korea

Back Cover of Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels

Back Cover of Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels. GGA Image ID # 10592d20b8

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Wels, Susan.
  • Main title: Titanic : legacy of the world's greatest ocean liner / by Susan Wels.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Published/Created: [Alexandria, VA]: Time-Life Books, c1997.
  • Description: 205 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 26 cm.
  • ISBN: 0783552610
  • LC classification: G530.T6 W45 1997
  • Related names: Discovery Channel (Firm)

LC Subjects:

  • Titanic (Steamship)
  • Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean.


  • "Discovery Channel."
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 203) and index.


  • LCCN: 97016404
  • Dewey class no.: 910/.91634
  • Geographic area code: ln-----
  • Type of material: Book
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