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The Coal was there for Burning by C. H. Milson


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The Coal was there for Burning

by C. H. Milsom

Published 1975 for The Institute of Marine Engineers

by Marine Media Management Ltd. London

ISBN 0900976500   Price £9.00 including UK Postage

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Marroon cloth bound book with bright gilt lettering to the spine. In NEAR FINE condition stopped from being 'fine' by a few dust particles to top edge of page-block and a small ink PO's signature to top outer corner of title page. Other than that the page-block is tight and immaculate (probably unread).

Dust wrapper is unclipped and in FINE condition: no fading, no damage.

78 pages: 190 mm. x 254 mm. x 10 mm.

Weight unwrapped 222 grm. - Weight wrapped for postage <500 grm.

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The Coal was there for Burning

Rushing through a pitch black night bound for a port none of her navigating officers had seen before, and with her captain fast asleep in his room, the trans-Atlantic White Star liner Atlantic ran at full speed on to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia.

The Coal was there for Burning by C. H. Milsom: A small scan of the front of the wrapper.

The date was All Fool's Day, 1873, but it was a cruel joke which Fate played on the Atlantic's 933 passengers and crew for she should have been nowhere near Nova Scotia.

The passengers were looking forward to landing in New York and starting the better life which they expected to find in the New World, but the voyage had been plagued with bad weather all the way from Liverpool and the chief engineer now feared that the ship was running short of coal.

Halifax was the nearest port at which to refuel and on the engineer's advice the master altered course. It was a decision which was to cost the lives of 562 people, including every woman and child on board except one—a boy of 12.

The disaster was caused by negligent navigation, of that there is no doubt; but could the Atlantic have carried on safely to New York or, as the master feared, would she have been left drifting and powerless on the Nantucket shoals?

To most marine historians the Atlantic is known only as the ship that ran out of coal. The author has traced a long-forgotten report of a British Government investigation which shows that she could have carried on—but the chief engineer chose to believe the coal figures in his logbook and disregarded the evidence of his own eyes when he looked into the bunkers. The blunder of the engineer combined with the negligence of the master to produce one of the worst maritime disasters the world has ever known.


List of Contents


List of Contents

The Coal was there for Burning by C. H. Milsom: A small flash photograph of the front of the wrapper showing the general appearance and condition.

1.            A Reputation for Safety
2.            Thomas Henry Ismay
3.            Preparation for Final Voyage
4.            “Bear up for Halifax”
5.            Shipwreck!
6.            “Through Want of Proper Management”
7.            The Coal was there for the Burning

A.            Extract from Memorandum of Survey
B.            Summary of Coal Consumption
C.            Papers relating to the loss of the Atlantic
D.            An Appreciation of the Atlantic’s
                Engines by G. J. A. White


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Background adapted from the cover illustration of C. H. Milsom's 'The Coal was there for the Buirning'"