Bill Wormstedt's

Like many other people interested in the Titanic disaster (pre-Cameron, anyway), I first got 'hooked' by reading Walter Lord's book "A Night to Remember".  In my case, this occurred when I was a teenager in the early 1960's.  As this was the only book easily available at the time, the interest died down to be replaced by many other things.  When Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985, I became interested again, and started searching out and buying other new books on the subject.

In addition to writing some short bios for the Encyclopedia Titanica site, following are several other articles I have written about the Titanic:

Guest articles:

The Final Seconds before Collision By Bruce A. Trinque

The Goldenbergs By Phillip Gowan

Comments about any of the above articles?  E-mail me by clicking here.  

In addition, I am the co-author on two new books about the Titanic!  Click on the book covers or links to see more:

Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal.

By Sam Halpern, Cathy Akers-Jordan, George Behe, Bruce Beveridge, Mark Chirnside, Tad Fitch, Dave Gittins, Steve Hall, Lester J. Mitcham, Captain Charles Weeks, and Bill Wormstedt
The History Press; December 2011.

No individual historian can possibly be an expert on every aspect of his chosen topic, and - as a result - historical errors have a way of creeping into written histories covering most historical subjects. This has been especially true in the case of the Titanic disaster - a subject that has seen a century’s worth of historical errors, misconceptions and outright deceptions gradually become an accepted part of the historical record.  Indeed, such errors first began making their appearance during the official Titanic inquiries in 1912, when the vast body of testimony - and a lack of sufficient time to digest or analyze that testimony - resulted in a number of erroneous conclusions being made.

The present book is a radical departure from that early tradition, since it has been written by a coalition of experts who have spent many years digesting the original inquiry testimony as well as evaluating a bounty of additional evidence that has come to light in the hundred years since 1912.  Each of the book’s co-authors is a recognized specialist in their chosen area of study, and each chapter has been exhaustively researched, analyzed and referenced utilizing the very best evidence that is currently available. The book describes and quantifies the sinking of Titanic as it actually happened, and it authoritatively disproves a number of long-standing myths about the disaster that have taken root over the past ten decades; surprisingly, though, the book also demonstrates that a number of so-called ‘legends’ about the Titanic disaster are actually based in solid historical fact.

On a Sea of Glass   By Tad Fitch, J. Kent Layton and Bill Wormstedt

One hundred years after he sinking of the Titanic, the history of that ship is commemorated in this 2012 incredibly comprehensive volume. Authored by Tad Fitch, Bill Wormstedt and J. Kent Layton, three well-known and highly respected researchers of the disaster, this book reveals the history of the Titanic as you have never read it before. From the personal stories, to the most accurate timeline of events during the sinking of the ship yet compiled, to the common misconceptions - nothing is beyond this volume's scope. Did ship's officers shoot passengers, or did one commit suicide? Was the Titanic switched with her similar sister ship Olympic? Was Titanic's construction of a poor nature, contributing to her loss? What became of Captain Smith and Thomas Andrews? How did the ship's final five minutes play out, from a technical perspective? Was the ship trying to make New York on Tuesday night rather than Wednesday morning? All of these questions, and many more, are answered within this volume.

The narrative reads chronologically, taking the reader from the ship's initial concept, through construction, launch, fitting out, trials, and her disastrous maiden voyage. It is backed up by the team's many years of research into the subject, and the collective knowledge of other researchers — such as Sam Halpern, George Behe, Mike Poirier, Bruce Beveridge and many more — has been tapped to bring you one of the most accurate and informative texts ever written on the subject. More than just a dry dissertation of facts, this volume's text will engage and engross the reader, placing you aboard the ship in way you may never have thought possible before...

This volume is also packed with photos and illustrations, including a full-color section.

Photo sites - Titanic gatherings

Titanic Symposium - Castine Maine

Florence SC - January 2002

Florence SC - August 2003

Vermillion OH - April 2005

Florence SC - October 2005

Toledo OH - September 2006

Branson, MO - June 2011

In addition, following is a list of my favorite Titanic web-pages, focusing on the historical aspects of the tragedy:

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