Tad Fitch has researched the Titanic and maritime history for over two decades. He has written numerous articles related to Titanic that have been published in the Titanic Historical Society’s journal The Titanic Commutator, and online at Bill Wormstedt’s Titanic and Encyclopedia Titanica. He, along with George Behe and Bill Wormstedt, coauthored the landmark article “Titanic: The Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined”. He was a co-author of Report Into the Loss of SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. Tad was born in northeast Ohio, and works in the field of psychology. When not writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training in taekwondo.
J. Kent Layton has studied the history of the great Atlantic liners for over three decades. His books bring together, for the first time, many fabulous images, from numerous collections around the world to complement his outstanding research on the great Atlantic vessels. He is an active member of the Titanic Research & Modelling Association and lives in Central New York State. He lives in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, and divides his time between his writing and his work as a piano tuner.
Bill Wormstedt first became interested in the Titanic after reading Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember in junior high school. He discovered the online Titanic community in 1995, and soon started commenting and writing about the Titanic, and his articles have been published in THS’s The Titanic Commutator, Encyclopedia Titanica, and his own web-site, Bill Wormstedt’s Titanic. With Tad Fitch and George Behe, he co-wrote The Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined, and is one of 11 co-authors of Report Into the Loss of SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. Bill is a computer programmer who lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
In Titanic Tragedy maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham documents the vessel’s design, construction, and departure from Southampton, her passengers’ lifeboat ordeal, their Carpathia rescue, the role of new technologies, and memorials to her crew. He describes poignantly the performance of her eight gallant bandsmen who played on deck to the very end; none survived. Added historical bonuses include seven letters, ostensibly from a Titanic passenger. In fact, they were written by one of America’s most eminent historians, Walter Lord, author of the seminal A Night to Remember of 1955. His devastating parodies about life aboard the doomed ship appear here in print for the first time.