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Titanic Fact #18: Captain Rostron

Titanic Fact #18: Captain Rostron

When Carpathia, the first ship to reach the disaster site, started loading survivors onto the ship, Captain Arthur Rostron made a decision that no wireless transmissions would be send to land containing names of the survivors or victims. Rostron figured that in a disaster situation it would be too easy to start more of a panic or get someone’s name wrong. Rostron wanted to preserve as much dignity and respect as possible. Rostron even denied a wireless message from President Taft who was enquiring about a friend on the Titanic. Taft would later present Rostron with a medal for his heroic work in a disaster.

Stop by the Fairmount Branch Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. for The Titanic: 100 Years Later.

April 12, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #17: Distress Signal

Titanic Fact #17: Distress Signal

Titanic's radio operators, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride

Much ado is made about how others ships in the area couldn’t hear Titanic’s distress signal or the only people on those ships who could understand Morse code were asleep (see Titanic Fact # 10.) However, due to very clear weather, an amateur radio enthusiast at the top of a tall building in New York City was able to hear the calls. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing he could do to get help to the Titanic in time.

Stop back tommorrow for the final Titanic Fact and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m

April 11, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #16: Has anyone seen a pair of binoculars?

Titanic Fact #16: Has anyone seen a pair of binoculars?

The lookouts in the crow’s nest who were responsible for spotting ice were at a disadvantage. No one had been able to find the binoculars since the ship left Southampton.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 10, 20121 comment
Titanic Fact #15: Message in a bottle

Titanic Fact #15: Message in a bottle

An Irish 19 year-old man boarded the Titanic with a small bottle of holy water given to him by his mother. As the ship was going down he wrote a farewell message to the world and signed it with his name and hometown. The bottle went down with the young man. Almost a year after the sinking, the bottle washed ashore. In Ireland. Very close to his family home.

Now I can’t get this song out of my head:

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 9, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #14: Grease it up

Titanic Fact #14: Grease it up

Titanic under construction

Just the hull of the Titanic weighed so much when it was being built that it took 22 tons of tallow, soap, and train oil to grease it up enough to get it out of dry dock.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 8, 20120 comments