Jack Thayer and the Wreck of the Titanic: A 15-Minute Book: Educational Version

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 The Seventeen-Year-Old Son of a Pennsylvania Railroad Official Tells the Moving Story of His Rescue

ONE of the calmest of the passengers was young Jack Thayer, the seventeen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Thayer. When his mother was put into the lifeboat he kissed her and told her to be brave, saying that he and his father would be all right.

He and Mr. Thayer stood on the deck as the small boat in which Mrs. Thayer was a passenger made off from the side of the Titanic over the smooth sea.

The boy's own account of his experience as told to one of his rescuers is one of the most remarkable of all the wonderful ones that have come from the tremendous catastrophe. Here, in his own words, is his story.

Jack Thayer was the son of a Pennsylvania Railroad official. He was 17 years old when he and his parents decided to sail from England to America on board the Titanic. This is his story of his rescue.

Ages 8 and up.

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The Seventeen-Year-Old Son of a Pennsylvania Railroad Official Tells the Moving Story of His Rescue


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English
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Juvenile Nonfiction / History / United States / 20th Century
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It was 1803 and Stephen Decatur was in the Navy. He was on a ship that was in Europe.

Stephen was the commander of a small ship. It was named the Enterprise.

One day the head of the Navy called Stephen and some other men together.

"Men, I have some bad news," he said. "We have lost the Philadelphia."

The men groaned. Stephen knew that the Philadelphia was a big ship. She had 44 huge cannons on her.

"She was chasing an enemy ship when she ran into a sand bar. The enemy captured her, along with all her men and her guns.

"They have gotten her off the sand bar and taken her into a bay for repairs. When she is fixed, she will be part of the enemy fleet. She will be one of the biggest and fastest ships they have. It would be better if she had sunk rather than be used against us."

The meeting ended. Stephen kept thinking about the ship. Finally he went to the commander.

"What if we stole the Philadelphia?" he asked. "We could get her back. If we cannot steal her, we could burn her. Then she could not be used against us."

"Then I volunteer," Stephen said. "Let me take a few men and do the job."

Find out how Stephen and his men get into the enemy harbor and burn the ship in this exciting 15-minute book.

Ages 7 and up.

Reading level 2.8

This book is part of our "Heroes in History" series. These 15-minute books focus on a specific moment in a historic person's life. Aimed at second graders, they provide the perfect introduction to famous Americans in an exciting, fun-to-read way.

LearningIsland.com believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books are appropriate for hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.


This true story happened in the month of February, 1831. It was a bright moonlit night, and it was extremely cold. The little brig I commanded lay quietly at her anchors inside the bay.

When at length we made the port, all hands were almost exhausted. We could not have held out two days longer without relief. The bay we nestled in was welcome relief and we planned to shelter there for a number of days.

“A bitter cold night, Mr. Larkin,” I said to my mate. I paused for a moment on deck to finish my pipe and I watched the water. The tide was running out so strong that the force of it would break off cakes of ice from the mass at the shore and swiftly carry them out toward the sea beyond. These cakes filled the bay and could be dangerous if they scraped the side of the boat too hard in passing. 

“The tide is running out swift and strong,” I added. “It will be well to keep a sharp look-out for this floating ice, Mr. Larkin.”

“Ay, ay, sir,” answered the mate, and I went below.

Two hours afterwards, I was aroused from a sound sleep by that same officer. “Excuse me for disturbing you, captain,” said he, as I glared at him. “I wish you would turn out, and come on deck as soon as possible.”

“Why—what's the matter, Mr. Larkin?”

“Why, sir, I have been watching a cake of ice that swept by at a little distance a moment ago. I saw something black upon it—something that I thought moved.”

Find out what Mr. Larkin saw and how he and the captain rescued two small children from a floating cake of ice in this exciting adventure tale.

Ages 8 and up.

Educational Versions have exercises designed to meet Common Core standards.

LearningIsland.com believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books also work well as hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.


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