This collection includes individual stories from a total of 42 souls from the doomed vessel who managed to secure a place aboard lifeboat 13. There are contributions from many nationalities, British, Irish, American and others. There are also firsthand accounts from the few members of the Titanic's enormous crew who also found space aboard the tiny boat. Number 13 was one of the more durable of Titanic's relatively few lifeboats, unlike the collapsible kind which were also aboard the ship, some of which failed to launch successfully when most needed. The book also includes contemporary reports and post event analysis of some of the problems encountered with the lifeboats themselves and also difficulties with their deployment during the emergency. A comprehensive yet very personal look at the events of that day.