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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752446061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752446066
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers about as up-close and microcosmic a view of the vessel as you are likely to find."  —Wall Street Journal



"Extensively researched and beautifully printed."  —Choice

About the Author

Bruce Beveridge is an honorary lifetime member of the British Titanic Society, the Titanic Historical Society, and the Irish Titanic Historical Society. He is also a founding member and trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association, and was the technical advisor of the plans, prints, and models released by Hahn Titanic Plans. He coauthored Olympic & Titanic with Steve Hall. Scott Andrews is a founding member and trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association. Daniel Klistorner has consulted on Titanic-related books, artifact identification, preservation efforts, and museum exhibits. Art Braunschweiger is a trustee of the Titanic Research and Modeling Association.

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I am even happier they did so without my head reeling!
R. MacTaggart
Excellent book with many photos, drawings, and diagrams with details about aspects of the ship's construction both inside and out.
R. Schaub
This book, written in exquisite detail, is simply a must have for any serious Titanic enthusiast, and general ship lovers.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RonAnnArbor on June 29, 2008
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I have previously raved about Volume II in this series (which came out before Volume 1) and I will do so again here. This is meticulously researched and photo/illustration rich. This volume covers the building and hardware fitting out of the TItanic. Most of the illustrations come from her sister ship Olympic, but there are also many rare photos and illustrations here directly from the Titanic as well. From bulkheads to Marconi machinery, it is all here. Note that this does NOT include any of the "Titanic Story" -- this is pure, factual, blue-print type material about the ship itself, not it's sinking, its passengers, nor its crossing. I have been pouring over both of these volumes now for weeks, and just love them.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Among Titanic buffs, a "rivet counter" is a person whose primary interests in the Titanic lie in the direction of the physical details of the great ship rather than with her passengers or the drama of her last voyage.

"Titanic: The Ship Magnificent" is an unmatched resource about the physical ship. Printed on glossy stock with hundreds of diagrams and photographs (some from Titanic herself, others from her sister ship, Olympic, and other vessels of the era) the two massive volumes (Volume One deals with design and construction, Volume Two with interior decoration) cover virtually every imaginable aspect, from fabrication techniques used in constructing the hull to the various designs of First Class water closets (and china patterns).

I have a goodly number of "Titanic" books and have never seen anything that could remotely rival this set for portraying the physical reality of the ship. Obviously, this is not a work for the general or casual reader, or even a good overall account of the ship's fatal voyage, but any rivetcounter (or anyone with just a touch of that disease) would find these books endlessly fascinating.

Oh, and how many rivets? About three million were used to construct the Titanic's hull and superstructure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emilie Forest on June 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If, like me, you like to know every thing about the Titanic. If you are fascinated about this great ship, you have to own these two really magnificiant books. Many pictures, I hadn`t seen before.. Although I already have many books about that great ship, I have learned many new things about her. I do not regret that I add these two wonderful books to my Titanic books`collection and I recommand that you buy them if you are a truly fan of the Titanc ; More than ordinary books, these books are pieces of collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Phan on December 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been interested in Titanic for a very long time, ever since the release of James Cameron's Titanic. The movie was a huge blockbuster nontheless, but I did not fall in love with the movie - rather I fell in love with the history of the ship! Titanic - The Ship Magnificent Volumes 1 & 2 have been on my Christmas list for several years, but this year, finally someone gave them to me as a present. These two volumes are on my top list of best Titanic books, along with all the 20+ books that I have collected. I was amazed at how thick and big these books were - Trust me, it's not the size of a typical novel book that you might imagine from the cover, but rather the size of a big textbook. The books detail the construction and all the details of the ship to date. It is filled with rare illustrations and photographs, some never seen before (authors collection). Note that these are not the typical Titanic books that tell you the story of the Titanic, its voyage, and sinking like many redundant books out there. Rather the volumes give you detailed explanations of the thought process of building the liner, conception, inception, and construction. The authors give you their years of research and evidence (a lot from Titanic's sister ship Olympic) to tell you the building process of Titanic. If you are looking for the ultimate shipbuilding detail history of the Titanic, these two volumes is a must have for Titanic buffs alike. You will not be disappointed on the purchase. If you are looking for the history of Titanic's voyage, sinking, wreck, etc. - look somewhere else. Titanic - The Ship Magnificent Volumes 1 & 2 is an engineering work and an amazingly thorough research!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Carpenter on April 5, 2009
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The drama of the Titanic sinking is so great that the fact that the Titanic itself was a key character is usually forgotten. For years, I've waited for a definitive technical study of the ship and it's construction, and while McCluskie's "Anatomy of the Titanic" was decent, it only temporarily satiated me.

Well, I can safely say that this is the most comprehensive study of the Titanic as a ship ever published. Starting with the preparation of plans and drawings, through the construction of key structural components and the installation of decks and fittings, the first third of this book provides a detailed primer on early 20th century British naval architecture. The next 250 or so pages cover the ship's machinery - the reciprocating engines, boilers, and steam turbine, the ballast and bilge systems, electrical equipment and fittings, the refrigerating plant, and the ventilation and heating systems. Rounding it out are three detailed chapters on navigational equipment, lifeboats and safety appliances, and the Marconi gear.

Backing it all up are more than 1,000 period photographs, technical drawings, and advertisements, including many rare photographs of "Titanic" and her sisters under construction. The real treat, though, are the dozens of reconstructed plans by Bruce Beveridge, including parts of the original shell plating and deck structure drawings, and plans of each watertight bulkhead. Original technical drawings range from wiring schematics of the Marconi apparatus, to sectional views of the main condenser's sluice valve.

This is the kind of book that a serious Titanic enthusiast can get wrapped up in for hours, and STILL only skim the surface of what's inside. The chapter on lifeboats itself is so detailed could have been published as a seperate monograph. Don't get turned off by the fact that it's "another Titanic book." This is one of the best and most accessible books on modern shipbuilding I've ever read.
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