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The largest, most luxurious ship in the world, wrecked on her maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg mid-Atlantic, has become the stuff of legends. While everyone knows the new White Star liner was glamorous, full of millionaires when she sank, few appreciate just how luxurious she was. Even in Third Class, the accommodation was better than on First Class on many older ships. For the first time, Bruce Beveridge, Steve Hall, Scott Andrews and Daniel Klistorner look at the construction and exterior of the ship itself, and at her interior design and fittings. From cobalt blue Spode china and Elkington plate silverware in the a la carte restaurant to the design of the boilers and fixtures and fittings on board the world's most luxurious vessel, they tell the story of a liner built at the peak of the race between the British, French and Germans to build bigger and better ships
BRUCE BEVERIDGE (US) has been a historian for many years, centring on early civilisations, the Crusades, and famous ships. He is also the senior historical archivist for his local community library and spends his time away from Titanic working on local history projects. Bruce is one of the foremost visual and technical historians of the Olympic class ships and has advised on Titanic's specifications for exhibitions, publishing companies, professional modelling firms, the Danbury Mint, museums, television production companies, the auction firm of Henry Aldridge & Son and other organisations. Bruce's highly sought-after General Arrangement plan of the ship, released in 2003, is the most highly detailed and accurate plan released to date and has subsequently been used by dive teams investigating the wreck. He co-authored Titanic or Olympic - The Truth Behind the Conspiracy in 2004, Titanic in Photographs and the Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal in 2011.SCOTT ANDREWS (US) first became aware of the story of Titanic at the age of four when he was captivated by a picture of the ship published in Reader's Digest as part of a condensed version of Walter Lord's A Night to Remember. Between having it read to him and then seeing the J. Arthur Rank movie of the same name, he admits he became thoroughly and hopelessly hooked. Scott's primary interest in Titanic centres on the engineering aspects of the ship - her design, construction and propulsion machinery. He is a trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association, and also co-authored Titanic in Photographs. His interests outside Titanic include pipe organs and organ building and restoring antique cars.STEVE HALL lives in the small coastal town of Angels Beach in New South Wales, Australia. He is a renowned Titanic visual historian, having collected, studied and researched the ship's photographic record for over three decades. He has consulted to the media, auction houses and museums around the world and holds one of the largest private collections of Titanic photographs in the world. He has co-authored several landmark books on the subject, including Titanic or Olympic - The Truth Behind the Conspiracy (2004), Titanic in Photographs (2011) and Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal (2011). He retired from the information technology industry several years ago and devotes his spare time toward writing a series of children's novels.DANIEL KLISTORNER developed an interest in Titanic during the early 1990s after reading a newspaper article about an expedition to the wreck. Daniel's interest in Titanic centres around passengers and accommodations. His research of exacting details has been the key to his comprehensive understanding of Titanic's passenger areas, interiors and fittings as well and he is a recognised authority in this area, particularly the first class staterooms and their styles of design. He has provided consultation for several authors and auction houses as well as Bruce Beveridge's General Arrangement plans of the ship, and is a co-author of Titanic in Photographs. Daniel resides in Sydney, Australia, and is an avid traveller.ART BRAUNSCHWEIGER has had a long-standing interest in maritime and naval history, focusing on the British Navy of the period 1750-1820, Second World War submarine warfare in the Pacific, the Atlantic convoys of the Second World War and, of course, Titanic. He has consulted for TIME-LIFE books on Titanic and has authored several research articles in print and online. Art also co-authored Titanic in Photographs and the 2012 rewrite of Titanic or Olympic - Which Ship Sank? Art is an experienced wreck diver and devotes his spare time to model ship building and beekeeping. He lives in Bridgewater, New Jersey, with his wife and two Labrador Retrievers.