USA. Sinking of the SS Atlantic, the Titanic of 1873, story told Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 October 2006
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The world remembers the tragic sinking of the Titanic, but not many are aware of its predecessor, the Atlantic, that sank nearly 40 years earlier and left fewer survivors. Bob Love tells this heartbreaking story in his new book, "Destiny's Voyage: SS Atlantic the Titanic of 1873" (now available through AuthorHouse).

The Atlantic was a great luxury liner of the 19th century under the White Star Line, the same company that owned the Titanic. The primary owner at the time was Thomas Ismay, a rising shipping magnate and the father of Titanic's Bruce Ismay. The ship was a steel-hulled steamer but still carried the mast and sails of the older ships.

Love takes the reader from the building of the Atlantic to its ultimate demise through various records and news media, including transcripts of the Halifax Board of Inquiry and the official Maritime Board of Trade Hearings in Liverpool, England. He includes a descriptive narrative and dialog, as best known from documentation, of the actual wreck and the subsequent struggle and fears of the people aboard in their effort to save themselves and their loved ones.

The personal aspects of the story are highlighted through the experiences of Richard Cox, Love's great-great-grandfather and passenger on the Atlantic. He was from Birmingham, England, and was travelling to America to make a new home and deliver his family from the chaos of Birmingham in transition during the Victorian era. Through his and other passenger testimonies, Love illustrates how the disaster brought about both heroes who fought hard to save passengers' lives and cowards who disregarded others for their own self- preservation.

Love was born in Idaho as the country was recovering from the Great Depression. He originally sought a career in journalism, but that goal was cut short when he was drafted for the Korean War. After release from the Air Force, Love became a police officer and eventually chief of police. For the past 38 years, he has served as an adjuster and marine surveyor in Alaska, investigating hundreds of industrial and environmental accidents, and accomplished many cargo surveys for the North Slope oil producers. In 1989 his firm was selected by the underwriters of Alaska's Exxon Valdez oil spill to administer the cleanup claims. Now retired, Love is returning to his original love of writing. In addition to "Destiny's Voyage," he has also written "E=A Syndrome," a booklet that focuses on how positive and negative emotions can affect attitudes and lead to disaster, for use during lectures to driver's education classes in Idaho high schools.
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