A riveting, compelling first-hand account of the sinking of the Titanic and the inexplicable (cowardly?) behavior of some survivors.
On April 15, 1912, John B. “Jack” Thayer III was the 17-year-old heir to a Pennsylvania railroad fortune, riding in first class on the most spectacular ship of its era — the Titanic. He barely survived the disaster, and his account of the night riveted salons in the following decades. Finally, in 1940, he wrote down what happened, printing 500 copies for his family. Five years later, after the tragic loss of his son in WWII, Thayer committed suicide, and his story was mostly forgotten.
Recently, Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, found one of the original copies of Thayer’s book in his family’s library inscribed to his great-grandfather. Now the miraculous account will be printed by New York publisher Thornwillow Press, as a limited edition for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking (available at thornwillow.com).
Here, an excerpt from Thayer’s story:
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"Forgotten Journal Recounts Survival Of 1912 Disaster"