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The Midnight Watch - A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian-logo

The Midnight Watch - A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian

David Dyer

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction. Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. David Dyer's The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut--the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author's own experiences as a ship's officer and a lawyer.

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction. Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. David Dyer's The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut--the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author's own experiences as a ship's officer and a lawyer.
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As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction. Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. David Dyer's The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut--the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author's own experiences as a ship's officer and a lawyer.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Fass

Length:

11h 8m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:52


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:45