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  • The Midnight Watch
  • David Dyer
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 9781250080936

10 thoughts on “The Midnight Watch

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    On the night of April 15 1912 Captain Stanley Lord of the SS Californian slept in his chartroom while the RMS Titanic sank as few as eight miles away While the tired captain snoozed on his settee young 2nd Officer Herbert Stone stood

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    Most of us here know about the tragic events of April 14 1912 when the worlds most luxurious ocean liner the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic taking over 1'500 souls to a watery grave But what has not been as well known is the apparent unresponsiveness of another ship the Californian that seemingly failed to go to the aid of the stricken liner and its passengers and crew It is these events t

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    45★Who knew? Who knew that there was another ship nearby that might have been able to warn the Titanic or save her passengers? In fact it seems likely they may have been savedThe movies of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic focus on the flawed magnificence of the ship the wealthy passengers on the ship’s maiden voyage and the iceberg that caused the disaster But the missed communications were the real cause Not misco

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    The midnight watch a time of loneliness demons and trances P215As the Californian sailed through the ice the decision was made to stop – it w

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    This was just soso for me It was fascinating reading about the Titanic from a different perspective however it just seemed to go on and on I found myself bored towards the middle I couldn't help but be reminded of

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    Everyone knows the story of the Titanic the unsinkable ship hit and sunk by an iceberg on it's maiden voyage Some may also recall the SS Californian the ship closest to the Titanic that failed to respond to its distress rockets and arrived too late to save anyone This book explores that story in an almost journalistic way trying to understand the actions and personalities of those in charge of the Californian at the time Using newspaper re

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    This is an exciting and at times toward the end of the book emotionally draining work of fiction retelling of the story of the Titanic but largely from the point of view of the Californian the ship that never went to help themThis story is told from the points of view of John Steadman a reporter working on the case who becomes obsessed with understanding the reason the Californian never responded to the Titanic's distress rockets

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    The Midnight Watch A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian is a fictional novel written based on the facts of

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    Since this is a fictionalized account of a true event I can't review this book properly without spoiling a bit of it for you So stop right no

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    There have been many novels written about Titanic but it is rare to find something which looks at events from a different angle However this is certainly an unusual look at the disaster which centres on the acti

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In the aftermath of their inactionTold 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 The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut novel 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 lawy. This is an exciting and at times toward the end of the book emotionally draining work of fiction retelling of the story of the Titanic but largely from the point of view of the Californian the ship that never went to help themThis story is told from the points of view of John Steadman a reporter working on the case who becomes obsessed with understanding the reason the Californian never responded to the Titanic s distress rockets Steadman is a fictional characters but he makes a good vehicle for the story despite this it is Steadman that lost me than once in the first parts of the book I cannot uite rate this as five stars the ending is brilliant and makes up for the dithers of the early part but still I found the whole you will be fired from the newspaper if you pursue this story theme annoying It is an exciting story it didn t need to contort into that sort of extra personal sacrificedynamic tension The addition of a suffragette daughter and wife well it sets it in it s times but again I did not feel it advances the story and I got impatient with this part This writing however with it s dramatic tension and background will probably appeal to many peopleThe interpretation of what we will never really know why the Californian did nothing I actually found the human explanation likely and uite touchingly sad The descriptions of night at sea were also incredibly evocative of the loneliness and isolation that one can feel and how the things you know you trained for they can save you and others But the isolation can breed uncertainty so I found the slow buildup of events fascinating in that wayThe research and the historical detail were amazing and the representation of the inuiries both in America and England were brilliant The last chapter Eight White Rockets where Dyer as Steadman tells the story of the sinking through the eyes of a single steerage class family completely brilliant

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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. Most of us here know about the tragic events of April 14 1912 when the worlds most luxurious ocean liner the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic taking over 1 500 souls to a watery grave But what has not been as well known is the apparent unresponsiveness of another ship the Californian that seemingly failed to go to the aid of the stricken liner and its passengers and crew It is these events that is the basis of a powerful and impressive debut novelRetelling the story of the sinking of the great ship through the eyes of the fictional journalist John Steadman makes for engrossing reading Steadman s desire for the truth sees him come into contact with two men who knew what really happened that night Second officer Herbert Stone on watch who observed eight rockets fired from another ship and captain Stanley Lord These rockets and why the captain did not respond after being informed of them by Stone would be the basis for US and British investigations that ruined the captains reputation and his careerDyer has done a wonderful job with the facts of the day but the story really comes to life with the determined delving into the character of the second officer and the captain by the heavy drinking reporter who as he gets older never lingers from his desire to find out why things panned out the way they did and why so many had to die because of their non intervention Writing fiction based on historical events is never an easy task but it is one that the author here has manged with great aplomb The most haunting image of this tragedy is played out stunningly by the fate of the real life Sage family who poor were trying to make a better life for themselves in America only to all meet there fates on the Titanic

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Were ignored The next morning the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and than 1500 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. Everyone knows the story of the Titanic the unsinkable ship hit and sunk by an iceberg on it s maiden voyage Some may also recall the SS Californian the ship closest to the Titanic that failed to respond to its distress rockets and arrived too late to save anyone This book explores that story in an almost journalistic way trying to understand the actions and personalities of those in charge of the Californian at the time Using newspaper reports and accounts from the US Senate and British Inuiries into the disaster David Dyer has crafted a fictional account of what he thinks could have happened Stanley Lord the Captain Herbert Stone the Second Officer taking the midnight watch when the tragedy occurred and Cyril Evans the wireless operator are all real characters while journalist John Steadman is ficticious He has previously specialised in telling the stories of victims of disasters so when he hears about the disaster on the Titanic goes looking for ships carrying bodies That the Californian arrives at Boston without any bodies despite being at the scene of the disaster puzzles him and his newspaper nose tells him there is a story to be sniffed outAnd what a fascinating tale is is too Stanley Lord had stopped the Californian for the night after sailing into an ice field deciding they would need daylight to see their way through it The lights of another ship were visible in the distance also apparently stopped Herbert Stone taking the midnight watch was told to keep an eye on it and when he saw it firing eight white rockets reported them to Lord Although white rockets signalled distress at sea Lord decided to do nothing and the rest is history Dyer tries to delve into the psyche of a captain who could ignore such signals Lord might not have known that the other ship was the Titanic with over 2200 souls on board but surely he should have answered the distress calls anyway This is a well written book that tells a good historical resconstruction of a lesser told side of a disaster that still resounds with us today


About the Author: David Dyer

David Dyer spent many years as a lawyer at the London legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic’s owners in 1912 He has also worked as a cadet and ship’s officer on a wide range of merchant vessels having graduated with distinction from the Australian Maritime College His worldwide research and access to countless documents and artifacts has informed and inspired his work in The