For 100 years, the story of the RMS Titanic has fascinated people around the world.
The ship, which was thought to be unsinkable, sank on its maiden voyage claiming the lives of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Williams’ great-uncle, Albert Caldwell, who was 26 years old, was one of the 710 survivors.
Her book “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival” was published on April 15, 2012.
Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University. Her other books include “The Wings of Opportunity,” published in 2010, “The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America” in 1999, and “The Early American Press, 1690-1783” in 1994.
During her 7 p.m. talk, Williams will relate the story of Albert and his young family who were saved from drowning on the Titanic by a combination of luck and pluck: Albert’s outgoing nature, wife Sylvia’s illness, and their infant son Alden’s helplessness.
Their detailed story of the short life of the Titanic and their lucky rescue aboard the ill-starred Lifeboat 13 has never been fully told in Titanic literature.
Williams said that Albert lived to be 91 and told her the story of the Titanic dozens of times.
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