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How Titanic went down: 100 yrs on, survivor’s tale set to be told

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
LONDON: A rare first-hand account of the mayhem during the sinking of the Titanic will be published next month to mark the centennial of the catastrophe. The dramatic firsthand account of Jack Thayer, a 17-year-old survivor of of the Titanic has been lying almost forgotten for decades.

It was the desperate cries for help that haunted John "Jack" Thayer after he witnessed the death throes of the Titanic as it reared, roared and plunged into the North Atlantic, the Daily Telegraph reported. The shouts from those thrown into the icy water swelled into "one long continuous wailing chant", noted the teenage son of an American railway baron in his account of the tragedy. "It sounded like locusts on a midsummer night in the woods. This terrible cry lasted for twenty or thirty minutes, gradually dying away, as one after another could no longer withstand the cold and exposure," his account says. From his vantage point, clinging to an upturned lifeboat, Jack watched the unthinkable befall what was supposed to be the unsinkable. All the more poignant was that his father, also called John Thayer, was among the 1,514 who perished in the seas in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
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