Interesting Articles


Titanic's "brittle" Steel - Olympic and Titanic were built using Siemens-Martin formula steel plating throughout the shell and upper works. This type of steel was first used in the armed merchant cruisers, Teutonic and Majestic in 1889/90. . .

A Black Family Onboard Titanic - The Titanic Historical Society receives inquiries from time to time asking if there were any black passengers onboard. The answer is yes and contrary to popular assumptions, the family traveled in second class. . .

Ismay and the Titanic - J. Bruce Ismay at the time of the disaster, as chairman and managing director of the White Star Line, was held to blame for the loss of the Titanic by the American press; especially those controlled by William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper magnate and one of the richest and most powerful men in America. . .

The infamous "Titanic Menu" - While in Denver in April, 1999 attending The Titanic Historical Society's convention, a menu was shown on the television programme, "Antiques Roadshow,” whose owner in Boston claimed was an original from the Titanic worth $75,000.00. . .

The Ice Patrol - On a cold but sunny April 15th over the treacherous iceberg invested waters of the North Atlantic the men and women of U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and the International Ice Patrol once again paused to remember the 1500 plus souls lost with the RMS Titanic. . .

The White Star Line and The International Mercantile Marine Company - The White Star Line, the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company was, from 1902 until 1927, a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Mercantile Marine Company (IMMC). From its inception thirty years earlier up to the turn of the century, it was probably the most successful of the British transatlantic carriers. . .

Titanic Myths - The Titanic disaster is a classic tale and now has become a modern folk story, but like all folk stories our understanding of what really happened has been clouded by the way the disaster has been recounted over the years following that terrible night in April 1912. As soon as the waves of the North Atlantic closed over her stern. . . .

Titanic, Olympic and Myths - Alma Cesena of the Union-Tribune staff received phone calls from readers who saw an error. They informed her that a photograph (in a story about the making of James Cameron's film in Mexico) labeled Titanic was the Olympic. . .

When is a rocket called a distress signal or just a flash in the sky? - In April 1912 when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank, the subject of distress rockets was a prime news event. To this very day, due to the United States and British Enquiries ignoring the International Regulations regarding the display of signals of distress, there is confusion. . .

Preservation - the ongoing struggle to protect artifacts - The sinking of Titanic was an event that shocked the world. Thousands of lives were touched by the tragedy. All that we know about Titanic comes from the accounts and the stories of the survivors, the rescuers. . .

Memories of the Olympic - The whistle let out a long, booming blast, and a light outside drifted slowly by the porthole, showing that the Olympic was under way. But that's all I saw, for these were the days of midnight sailings, and I was around nine years old. . .

I Heard Titanic's Call - extract from Roaming Around - The next year went past for me in many experiences of life and places. I was a fully fledged Marconi operator, had visited my Australia of loving memories, Norway, with its North Cape, where I had taken photographs in the sunshine at midnight . . .

Titanic Past and Present - At the turn of the twentieth century Great Britain was preeminent; her largest shipping companies, Cunard and White Star, since the earliest days of transatlantic travel, battled for the greatest share of passenger business. . .

To Hell And Back - The Maiden Voyage of Britannic - Early on the frosty morning of Tuesday 22nd December 1915, a taxi from the London & NorthWestern Railway Hotel pulled up alongside Liverpool's Gladstone Dock carrying a passenger who, although by no means a novice, had every reason to be particularly excited. . .


See Also: People - Articles and remembrances of some of people involved in these historic events.



Links


THS Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/THS_group - This is a Members Only group, all current THS members are welcome to join.

BBC Legacies: http://www.bbc.co.uk/legacies/ - Numerous articles if interest, including several about TITANIC, passengers, and crew, like Wallace Hartley: Bandmaster of the Titanic.

Visiting the Titanic Museum? Coming to Indian Orchard, Massachusetts? Travel, lodging and more information at: www.valleyvisitor.com

Coast Guard Ice Patrol: www.uscg.mil/lantarea/iip/home.html - The sinking of the RMS TITANIC on April 15, 1912, was the prime impetus for the establishment of the International Ice Patrol. See Also our article on the Ice Patrol.

Encyclopedia Titanica: http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/ - A unique resource for anyone interested in the Titanic. Detailed passenger and crew biographies, regularly updated passenger and crew listings, exclusive research articles and ongoing discussions about the Titanic.

The Titanic Research and Modeling Association: http://www.titanic-model.com/ - Dedicated to the research of Olympic class ships and other great liners of the past.

Titanic - The Legend Continues : http://www.titanicbranson.com/ - A state-of-the-art journey begins when passengers board the ship through an iceberg at the water's edge. Once inside the real story unfolds as the great Titanic lives on -- a towering symbol recreated in all her glorious splendor.You will relive the last hours of her fateful April 1912 voyage and emotionally connect to her passengers and crew through their words and stories. In the artifact galleries you will almost feel their presence in spirit where over 400 personal and private artifacts including some loaned from the Titanic Historical Society Collection are on display. There are no salvaged artifacts.Upon entry you will be handed a boarding pass bearing the name of a passenger. What happened to this person will be revealed on the Memorial Wall.
Some of the highlights...
  • Walk on an elegant replica of the Titanic's Grand Staircase
  • Touch the frozen surface of an 'iceberg'
  • Feel the North Atlantic chill of that clear, starry April night
  • You will marvel at the world's largest, exquisitely detailed Titanic model
  • Stand on the mighty ship's bridge and hear Captain Smith's words
  • View life onboard in a life-like First Class stateroom and a typical Third Class cabin.
  • Explore world-class galleries containing rare historical artifacts
  • Interactive displays include: Try to send an SOS transmission from the ship's wireless room
  • See an exclusive exhibit of Father Browne's photos -- the only known interior & exterior photos taken of Titanic.

EXCLUSIVE! Examiner.com/Nashville was the FIRST press in the world to get an exclusive tour through the work in progress, Titanic Pigeon Forge. Titanic fanatics will love this memorial / museum, featuring 1st in the world exhibits. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-7975-Nashville-Adventures-Examiner~y2009m10d10-An-examinercom-exclusive-Titanic-Pigeon-Forge-prepares-for-voyage

Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax, NS, has launched a virtual exhibit and searchable database built around a very rare archival document--the Disposition of Bodies ex Titanic Recovered up to May 13, 1912. http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/titanic

This printed list is the most complete known record of the dead recovered from the disaster site. The list has been scanned so that Internet visitors can experience the appearance of the original document, and the information it contains has also been migrated into a searchable database. The list enumerates 328 bodies retrieved from the North Atlantic and either buried at sea or brought to Halifax. Details for each include identity, if known; physical features and information about clothing and personal effects; and directions for the disposition of remains.

An accompanying virtual exhibit features nearly 80 historical photographs and documents, most of them presented online for the first time. Together, the list and the exhibit provide a striking visual record detailing the aftermath of Titanic’s catastrophic end.

Halifax Public Libraries "The Sinking of the Titanic": http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/pdfs/resource_lists/titanic_07.pdf a PDF format document highlighting materials about the Titanic held by the Halifax Public Libraries. The Resource list is free to download or print. A featured resource for March/April 2007. PDF document requires a program like Adobe Reader (free).

Agawam Historical Association: http://www.agawam-history.org/ Agawam is a town rich in history - from its founding in 1636, to its incorporation in 1855, to having the first Zip Code in the United States. Browse through the web site and discover things from French and Indian War veterans graves to the largest amusement park in New England.


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Plaque

THS Plaque Honoring the Dead is missing!

In 1986 a bronze plaque created by the Titanic Historical Society was placed on the stern of Titanic by the manned submersible Alvin on Robert D. Ballard’s second expedition to her grave. The first expedition was a cooperative effort of American and French scientists who discovered Titanic on September 1, 1985. The plaque was the first tangible remembrance placed on the wreck and originally was to be left on her nobly preserved bow, but the majority who died had gathered on her stern, and that last, final haven was chosen.

The plaque reads: "In memory of those souls who perished with the "Titanic" April 14/15, 1912. Dedicated to William H. Tantum, IV whose dream to find "Titanic" has been realized by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. The officers and members of the Titanic Historical Society inc. 1986"

When you see the movie "Ghosts of the Abyss" you should note that the THS plaque is missing - maliciously removed. An act no different than that of vandals who get their kicks by turning over headstones in a cemetery. Instead you will see a host of other plaques left there since THS’s first placement of a memorial plaque.

Bill Tantum was a former president of the THS who worked with Dr. Ballard in the 1970s to find the ship. “Bill kept my Titanic dream afloat” said Ballard who wanted the plaque to be a tribute to Tantum and the Titanic Historical Society who were the first to keep the memory of the ship alive.

We hope you will share our pride in the contributions the Titanic Historical Society, Inc. has made since 1963 to preserve the history of Titanic and to help in her discovery. Since 1985, we have cooperated with governments and institutions to protect the wreck and educate the public to recognize that Titanic is a grave site and should not be plundered.