106th Anniversary of the Titanic’s Sinking

Here are six books that tell the story of those who were on board the Titanic exactly 106 years ago.

1. Children of the Titanic by Christine Welldon

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic departed Southampton, England, carrying 2,240 passengers, 109 of them children. Introducing young readers to the ship that couldn’t sink, Children of the Titanic follows three children—Beth Cook, age six, travelling third class; Charlotte Murphy, age eight, second class; and John Crosby, age eleven, first class. We meet them as they board and get settled in their rooms in different parts of the vessel, witness their experience of the gripping sequence of events early in the morning of April 15, and see their eventual arrival in New York on the rescue ship Carpathia.

2. Halifax and Titanic by John Boileau

When the Titanic went down off the coast of Newfoundland, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the base from which recovery operations were mounted. Eventually, 337 bodies were recovered, the majority of them by ships dispatched from Halifax. Of this total, 128 were buried at sea and 209 were delivered to Halifax—150 of those buried in three Halifax cemeteries. They remain there to this day, the largest number of Titanic graves in the world, cared for in perpetuity by the city and visited by thousands of people each year.

3. Titanic Victims in Halifax Graveyards by Blair Beed

Visitors to Halifax have many questions about the city’s connection to the infamous ship. Of the 328 bodies found, why were some buried at sea? Why were 59 bodies sent elsewhere for burial and the rest buried in Halifax? Titanic Victims in Halifax Graveyards answers those questions while telling the intriguing and little-known story of the 150 passengers and crew who were buried in the port city of Halifax. Using official reports and newspaper articles, author Blair Beed provides an outline of life on board the Titanic, describes society as it was in 1912, and highlights the care for the dead taken by the crews of the recovery ships and those who met them on arrival in Halifax.

4. Titanic Halifax by Rob Gordon & Alan Jeffers

This guidebook includes accounts of the “Unknown Child” controversy, details on Halifax’s role in storing and maintaining Titanic artifacts, and the city’s participation in Titanic, the movie. This pocket guide includes maps and photographs of the city’s many Titanic sites. A perfect companion while discovering the places where Titanic’s ghosts roam. Updated edition with the latest findings and information.

5. Sinking of the Titanic by Logan Marshall

Based on the personal testimony of Titanic survivors, this book tells the complete history of Titanic—from the vessel’s construction to departure from Southampton, to the collision, ensuing panic, and ultimate sinking. The chronicle includes first-hand accounts of many of the survivors, and concludes with the efforts in New York and Halifax to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Illustrated throughout, this reprint contains the original drawings and photos of the “Great Ship” and some of its passengers—both those who survived to tell their remarkable tales, and those who perished on that fateful April night.

6. The First Violin by Yvonne Hume

The First Violin recounts the fascinating life and loss of the ship’s violinist John Law Hume. Written by Hume’s great-niece, Yvonne Hume, the book traces the first violinist’s early years in Dumfries, Scotland, the events that led him to play on board the Titanic, and the doomed voyage across the Atlantic.

The book also recounts the chaotic aftermath, with the recovery of bodies and the eventual identification in the Halifax graveyard of body No. 193: John Law Hume. This illustrated edition includes over 100 photos, diagrams, and letters documenting the tragic story, and includes a short foreword by Millvina Dean, Titanic’s last survivor.