RMS Titanic 1909-12 (Olympic Class): Owners’ Workshop Manual, by David F. Hutchings and Richard de Kerbrech. 2011.
Many Titanic books are about the human side of the Titanic story. That’s covered in the first part of the book: 30 pages covering a short history of the ship, its construction, and its famous maiden — and final — voyage. Lots of pictures, details, detailed timeline from the time Titanic left Southampton at 12:15 p.m. on April 10 to its sinking at 2:20 a.m. on the 15th.
But at its heart this is a workshop manual, published by Haynes, they of the car repair books. The rest of the book is about the nitty gritty details of the design, construction, and operation of the boilers, engines, and lifeboats; photos and cross-sections of the decks; instructions and drawings for steelwork repair and riveting. And it’s all heavily illustrated with construction photos, design sketches and technical drawings.
The two authors — experienced maritime historians with backgrounds in marine engineering — provide a lot of information for those who are mechanically minded, yet made the book accessible for those of us who are not.