Titanic Survivor The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet

Titanic Survivor The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet


  • Hardcover
  • 238 pages
  • Titanic Survivor The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disasters
  • Violet Jessop
  • English
  • 23 October 2015
  • 9781574090352

10 thoughts on “Titanic Survivor The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disasters

  1. Mike Mike says:

    I was a little skeptical when first approaching this book because seeing as it was republished in '97 the whole Leonardo Dicaprio Titanic thing was in full swing so I was thinking that possibly the producers would manipulate the memoir to serve as a promotional tool I know my mind works in strange waysThankfully I was wrong The memoir barely concerns itself with the Titanic as you read it you uickly discover you're reading about Violet Jessop's life at sea not the great unsinkable devoting little than a chapter to it So if your interested in her first hand account of the Titanic you could probably read that section in 5 minutes and then be done with the bookBUT if want to read it for its literary merits then I would highly recommend it The way Violet describes childhood illnesses moving across continents and life at sea makes you feel like your having a conversation with her which is what any good memoir aims for Despite the 80 year time difference the book is highly readable and you can appreciate the Jessop's humor The only complaint I would have about the book is the editor's notes While at times helpful to decipher early 20th century grammar and sayings they tend to be redundant and serve no other purpose than to get annoyed at the editor Actually better yet ignore the editor Many of the material is self evident anyway and if it isn't then you can refer to the editorAnd seeing as it's a short book this could be a good light read on a plane or bedside reading Definitely recommend it


  2. Deanne Deanne says:

    The most amazing thing about this story is Violet Jessop not only was she on board the Titanic sank but she was also on the Britannic 4 years later as a nurse She was also on the third ship the Olympic when it collided with another shipShe sounds like a fascinating woman who after a long hard life had a great deal of experienceHave to admit though if I was about to go on a cruise I'd make sure she wasn't on board


  3. Olivia Olivia says:

    I went to a book stall saw four books on the Titanic and was persuaded after a promise of a deal to grab all four up The seller told me after I decided to buy them Good a woman who knows her mind And so that's how I got to reading the memoirs of Violet Jessop ;It was the part about the Titanic that I wanted to read of her life but since only two chapters are actually about the Titanic I can see why it's considered a memoir It's about a stewardess with struggles and feelings and heartaches as she grows up and enters the sailing world The tale of her love for Ned was heartbreaking and the way she described things made me realize she was a woman who took pleasure in beautiful thingsThis book is still disjointed because you don't always have the flow of time passing and the style of writing is uniue I also found the editor's notes a little annoying although insightful too All in all I would have preferred to read the book without interruption It's a surprisingly carefully written book with twice mentions to attempted assaults written extremely discreetly with really no details but still disturbing There are a couple words throughout and several mentions to people being drunk One mentioned event toward the end showed the shameless behavior of what drinking can cause I liked the straight forward way in which Violet wrote about the sinking of the Titanic Some interesting events there and I so wished to see of her time spent on that unsinkable ship Violet Jessop was an independent beautiful woman who persevered through two ship sinkings and a war More than forty years of her life was spent on the sea She definitely seems like an adventurous womanThis was an interesting book one I would recommend to adult readers who enjoy true stories especially involving the Titanic


  4. Kay Kay says:

    Seriously how many times can you be on a ship that sinks? This is the diary of a woman who was a ship stewardess and gives an interesting look at the world at that time One bit that fascinated me was that she learned when the Titanic sank how much she missed her toothbrush after they were rescued The next time she was on a sinking ship she got her toothbrush before she went to the lifeboats Isn't that so typical of lifeit's the little details that seem to get you


  5. Mandy Mandy says:

    I really enjoyed reading this biography but I knew before I read it that the memoirs were of her whole life not just of the four days she worked on the Titanic I can understand that promoting this book as if it is all about the Titanic would leave some people disappointed Violet Jessop was cursed to live an interesting life


  6. Rachel Rachel says:

    What a pleasure to read This is the memoir of a remarkable woman who neither altered history nor achieved fame and fortune but rather worked hard was kind to all and made the best of life along the way Jessop was born in Argentina to Irish immigrants and later immigrated to England with her mother and siblings after her father died Her widowed mother was unable to make ends meet for herself and this prompted Violet to ultimately put her own educational goals aside and step up to become a stewardess on a large transatlantic ocean liner to help her family financially This was the beginning of her life at sea where she worked primarily as a stewardess to 1st class passengers on some of the finest passenger ships in history It was of course not all wonderful work especially during her first service when she contracts malaria is almost sexually assaulted finds unreuited love and is fired because she refuses the advances of the married captain who in anger disparages her competenceOf course what makes her story so special was that the author spent 42 years at sea from 1908 to 1950 and survived not only the sinking of the Titanic where she was told to enter a lifeboat to set a good example for others hesitant to board but also escaped death when the Titanic's sister ship Britannic a luxury liner converted into a hospital ship during WWI aboard which Violet served a nurse sank after striking a mine off the coast of Greece This escape was far harrowing than when the Titanic sank and Violet sustained a bone piercing thigh wound that took a year to heal and fractured her skull which went untreated while diving out of a lifeboat in the nick of time just before being chopped to bits by the ship's massive propellers The title is a little misleading as very little of the book focuses on the sinking of the Titanic However I didn't mind there are plenty of books on Titanic and Jessop doesn't even have all of her facts straight about its sinkingMost of her stories were entertaining and some were just heartbreaking but Violet Jessop told her story the way she wanted to and I have much admiration for her I was also charmed by the photos included in the book including the cache pots in her garden she picked up during her voyages to the Far East This is a great book if you are interested in the downstairs world of ocean liners from Edwardian times to 1950 It's also a great book if you are interested in what life was like for a woman who spent most of her life at sea at a time where there were few career women of any sort


  7. Sandra Sandra says:

    Thank God Thank God she survived not one not two but three ship wrecks When I listen to her describe the sinking of the Titanic while she watched from a boat bobbing in the water next to it it gives me a whole different perspective than just what writers write about it She also introduces you to her people on board these ships and you can finally connect with the people who LIVED on these ships These ships were their homes But the description of the sinking of the Britannic is what is horrifying to read How she ever got back on a ship after Titanic is a wonder but after the Britannic you KNOW this woman loved the sea Loved her job Loved to travel Don't be fooled by the title She was definitely a Titanic Survivor but the story here is about her life Titanic is just part of it You get to know her from childhood until she passes away in old age I am a wonder that she survived childhood She must have contracted every known disease there was to get You meet her siblings her parents the people in hospitals and schools that shape her life She is one of the most optimistic people I've ever read about And there is the story of her and Ned Well I won't tell you than thatThere is also her first person account on how bad of a job it was to work on these cruise ships The living conditions for her and the crew were stark to say the least The demands of the rich and famous that she attended shows how as humans we never look beyond our own pleasure to how that pleasure affects others I can't determine if she did or didn't like Americans She surely had her opinion as to how crass she thought they were Sometimes she sounded like the snob instead of the guests on board ship One thing is for sure is she was really good at her job First class stewardess I would have liked to meet this woman and talked to her This is the story that would make a great Hollywood movie


  8. Nancy Singel Baker Nancy Singel Baker says:

    I enjoyed this memoir of the turn of the 20th century life of a working class stewardess nurse Her story starts with her childhood riddled with illnesses proceeds to tell what life onboard luxury liners of the early 20th century was like for employees I expected the book to be just about surviving the disasters but it was much


  9. Luís Castilho Luís Castilho says:

    Violet Jessop was an ocean liner stewardess and nurse who achieved wordwide fame by surviving the disastrous sinkings of both the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic in 1912 and 1916 respectively as well as RMS Olympic collision on October 20 1910 The book Titanic Survivor contains some passages of Violet Jessop memoir written in 1934 originally named Neptune's Greenroom Violet Jessop life story is indeed a mesmerizing one and makes up for an amazing tale of endurance and survival In addition to describing to great detail Jessop's life at sea the book also regards Jessop's childhood in Argentina where she was born to an Irish immigrant family and soon contracted a disease that deemed her incapacitated for several months on an Argentinian hospital with no hopes of recovery waiting for certain death In what can only be interpreted as an harbinger of what her life would become Jessop miraculously survived and was able to return to England with her family Initially set out to live the life of nun Jessop decided to apply for a ocean liner stewardess position for Royal Mail in order to be able to help her mother financially Until this point in her memoir her writing is very vivid and detailed making for a very grasping read Unfortunately the fact that some of following chapters of Violet Jessop memoir were written at an older age years after the events took place really start to show specially on her account of her experiences while working in the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic and the disastrous singings that followed One cannot but feel somewhat let down by the lackluster description of these events so given that her account of those voyages constitute for the average reader the main reason to buy the book in the first place Further the last chapters of the book contain very personal diary accounts of her love life and family that should not interest the general public All and all a very disappointing book


  10. Kirsti Kirsti says:

    Bought in a second hand bookstore that was sadly closing down this book immediately caught my eye as I walked in It was in the ship section of the store which just so happened to be in the front of the store or else I wouldn't have seen it I admit to finding my favorite sections first in stores never even looking at things like cars ships etc because the other sections seem important This was a good deviation from habitIf you're looking for a book on surviving the Titanic then look elsewhere That is dealt with in a single chapter and the rest of the book recounts Violet's life as a stewardess It has some interesting stories and I liked Violet's simple retelling It has been edited a little and the coauthor puts in 2 cents occasionally but for the better I think A great book that shouldn't have taken me so long to read except for work and watching a season of Supernatural then True Blood over the weekend Recommended for those curious about life at sea and the time period but not so much the aspects of Titanic Four stars


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