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The Sting of the Hawke: Collision in the Solent Paperback – January 10, 2015
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About the Author
Samuel Halpern is a systems engineer and technologist by profession, with a longstanding interest in steamships and sailing vessels, the study of naval architecture and the practice of celestial and coastal navigation. He has been involved with the study of Titanic for many years, and is the principal author of the book Report Into the Loss of the SS Titanic – A Centennial Reappraisal (The History Press, 2011). In addition to Titanic, Sam has conducted an in-depth analysis and report into the 1956 collision between Stockholm and Andrea Doria that was presented at the Maine Maritime Academy and is also available on his Titanicology website. Mark Chirnside is an accomplished researcher and historian. He has authored a number of books about Olympic, Titanic and Britannic and several other vessels including Aquitania, Majestic and others. He is one of several co-authors of the book Report Into the Loss of the SS Titanic – A Centennial Reappraisal (The History Press, 2011). His website, Mark Chirnside’s Reception Room, contains a wealth of information with links to many of his articles and papers.
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Peter Padfield years ago wrote a book called: "The Agony of Collisions" - and a chapter in this book covered this collision - nice book - but I think "The Sting of the Hawke" will be the definitive book on the subject.
The book goes over all aspects of the collision itself, and the following Enquiries. Some of the arguments are fairly technical, but the authors go into great detail to explain the issues for those of us without the scientific background.
There is a chapter at the end of the book explaining the near collision between the Titanic and the New York at the start of the maiden voyage, and how it compares to the collision between Olympic and Hawke. As it turns out, the people in command of the Olympic during the collision (Capt. E. J. Smith and pilot George Bowyer) are the same ones commanding Titanic on the near miss with the New York.
A very good and worthwhile read.