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The Titanic and Dihydrogen Monoxide

From the Dihydrogen Monoxide Awareness Community on Facebook. I read it on the Internet so it must be true.

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A Tombstone for Titanic Hero Robert John Hopkins in Jersey City

Robert John Hopkins was one of the lesser-known heroes on the Titanic. He died in 1943 at the age of 77 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Holy Name Cemetery, in Jersey City, NJ.  Last Saturday, his descendants gathered … Continue reading

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Titanic’s Unsinkable Survivors — Arthur John Priest & Violet Jessop

In observance of the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, here is a repost from 2012, about two hardy souls who survived not only the sinking of the RMS Titanic but also the RMS Britannic when she was … Continue reading

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Did a 100,000 Year Old Iceberg Sink the Titanic? Or Perhaps a 4 Year Old Iceberg?

The headlines are great. “Iceberg that Sank the Titanic 100,000 years old” and “Titanic iceberg was a 100,000-year-old giant” and “Iceberg that sank the Titanic was 100,000-years-old and of monstrous size” and so and so on. Dozens of headlines and … Continue reading

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100 Year Difference — MS Allure of the Seas vs RMS Titanic

Numbers are fine but sometimes the best way to communicate scale is visually.  The image above is what it would have looked like if the largest passenger liner of roughly 100 years ago, RMS Titanic, was followed closely by the … Continue reading

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The Antikythera Treasure Ship and the Titanic

The quote by Brendan Foley of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was pure marketing genius.  He said that the Antikythera wreck is “the Titanic of the ancient world.”  The Titanic is, after all, the rock star of ship wrecks. No doubt what Foley … Continue reading

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The Boat Factory – A Complicated Love Story about a Shipyard: A Review

My wife and I recently saw “The Boat Factory” a two actor play, starring Dan Gordon and Michael Condron, which celebrates the sprawling Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  That’s right, a play about a shipyard. But not just any … Continue reading

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Repost: Searching for the USS Thresher and USS Scorpion with the Titanic as Cover

On this the fiftieth anniversary of the sinking of the USS Thresher, we are reposting an article from three years regarding the link between the discovery of the wreck of the Titanic and the US Navy’s secret search for the lost submarines, USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion. … Continue reading

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Photo of Iceberg That Sank the Titanic Up for Sale

No one aboard the Titanic took a photograph of the iceberg that sank the famous ship in 1912, but two sailors made sketches of the berg, which had a distinctly elliptical shape. It so happens that two days before, what … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad on the Titanic – On Experts, Icebergs, Lifeboats and Biscuit Tins

In June of 1912, Joseph Conrad wrote “Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic” for the English Review.  While best known as a novelist, his comments reflect his years as a ship’s officer in both sail and steam.   He finds little … Continue reading

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Myths of the Titanic – Did White Star Line Claim the Ship was Unsinkable?

The BBC recently published an article titled “Five Titanic myths spread by films.”  The first alleged myth is that the White Star Line never claimed that the Titanic was “unsinkable.”   The article asserts: ” The White Star Line never made … Continue reading

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Last Titanic Menu Fetches £76,000, Meal Not Included

A menu of the last meal served to first-class passengers on board the Titanic has sold at auction for £76,000.  The menu was dated April 14, 1912 and featured several courses, such as eggs Argenteuil, consomme fermier and chicken a la … Continue reading

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You Mean the Titanic was Real and Not Just a Movie?

Last year, we posted about how the sinking of the Titanic had morphed from a maritime tragedy into a cultural icon.   For many, Hollywood movies, particularly the movie made by Jame Cameron, about the sinking of the ship may … Continue reading

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Bob Ballard Discusses Titanic on the Colbert Report

Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who lead the expedition which discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, was interviewed by Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report last night. He discusses how the search for the Titanic was a cover for … Continue reading

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Reliving the Titanic’s Last Days in Real Time on Twitter or iPad App

The truly Titanic obsessed do not have to wait for the centennial of the tragic sinking of the so-called “unsinkable” passenger liner.  They now can follow the Titanic via either a Twitter feed or an iPad app which mark down the events of leading up to … Continue reading

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Titanic and the “Supermoon” – Did the Moon Sink the Titanic? The Answer is No.

The headline writers have been having fun.  The Daily Beast headline reads – Moon to Blame for Titanic Sinking?  Reuters asks and answers its own question – “What sank the Titanic? Scientists point to the moon.”  The Times of India gets alliterative … Continue reading

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Odd Notes on the Costa Concordia – Singers, Violinists and Theme Music from the Titanic

According to survivors’ reports, the band on the deck of the Titanic continued to play after the last boat departed as the ship sank beneath waters of the icy North Atlantic.  Coincidentally, a singer aboard the Costa Concordia, Amelia Leon says that she … Continue reading

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How to Survive the Titanic, or the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay by Frances Wilson

What more can be written about the Titanic?   In a book recently released in Great Britain and coming out this October in the US,  Francis Wilson looks at the sinking and the impact on one of the more famous survivors – J. Bruce … Continue reading

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What if Hitler Made a Titanic Movie? (He Did)

A wonderful post from John Edwards’  Ocean Liners blog.   Captain John asks the question, “what if Hitler made a Titanic movie? ”   He then answers it, “he did.”   A heavily fictionalized and equally anti-British version of the … Continue reading

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Titantic eaten by bacteria while shipwrecked fleets in Baltic well preserved

Two interesting stories of shipwrecks in the press recently – the wreck of the Titanic is being consumed by newly identified steel-munching bacteria, while scientists are discovering large numbers of well preserved shipwrecks in the dark and cold Baltic where there are 1,500 confirmed wrecks … Continue reading

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