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Titanic Fact #10: S.O.S….Anybody?

Titanic Fact #10: S.O.S….Anybody?

Titanic's Marconi Room

A huge reason aid didn’t come to the sinking Titanic in time was the ongoing change in technology. The Titanic was outfitted with Marconi wireless equipment with staff to send messages (mostly social messages) in Morse code to those on land. However, other ships in the area were still signaling with lamps or had staff who didn’t know Morse code. In one instance, the only person who knew Morse code had gone to bed for the night by the time Titanic called for help.

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 4, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #9: I like big boats and I cannot lie.

Titanic Fact #9: I like big boats and I cannot lie.

Relative size of the Titanic (pictured in black.)

King Edward VII, after whom the Edwardian Era is named, liked big things. His mother, Queen Victoria, was famous for being respectable and tasteful. Edward liked to encourage excess in all that he did. This had a big impact on fashion. Under Edward’s reign, curves became highly fashionable, and women were encouraged to be a bit bigger than they had in other times in history.

If you’re curious about the fashion of the Edwardian Era, visit the Davenport Public Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. They have an enormous collection of both print and digital images dating from the 1880s to present and access to various digital image archives.

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 3, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #8: Sticker Shock

Titanic Fact #8: Sticker Shock

The Titanic cost White Star Line and its investors $7.5 million to build. Calculating for inflation, today the cost would be over $167 million. Watch the video to learn how to make your own LEGO Titanic for a fraction of that price.

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 2, 20121 comment
Titanic Fact #7: Last Meal

Titanic Fact #7: Last Meal

The last meal enjoyed by the first class passengers included oysters, salmon in mousseline sauce, filet mignon lili, sauté of chicken lyonnaise, lamb in mint sauce, roast squab, pate de foie gras, and several other courses. The upcoming 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking has prompted quite a few restaurants to offer recreations of the ship’s last meal.

Reliving Titanic’s Last Meal

Cullen’s Houston Recreates Titanic’s Last Meal

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 1, 20120 comments