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Friday, December 4, 2009

Don't Waste Your Life!!

When you look at the Titanic disaster, these people were on a voyage. Some old, and some young. Some of the richest people in the world were on board. And yet, everything that they had wouldn't save them. They had 2 1/2 hours to live. The God called over 1,500 people to death. One day, they will give an account, each and every one of them. They will be judged on what they did. Their souls were required of them, just like the rich man from Luke 13-21. How do you think we would respond? Now, not all were like that. Some were probably true Christians, there were also those who were middle class and lower class. It's not for me to judge anyone. But what I'm saying, is that our lives could end just like that. Some went to hell and some went to be with their marvelous Savior. It could end just like that. The One who gives life, will take it away one day. How will you answer God? Have you used the life that God gave you for yourself, or God? I've used it for myself a lot, but this simple truth is changing me and it can too. Have you wasted your life? As long as God gives you breath, it's not too late. Change your life. Ask God for forgiveness for your boasting. Use your life for God. Anything you do with or for Christ will be counted as gain, and anything you do for yourself will be count as loss. Isn't wonderful as how God is as just as that? If you don't know Christ, then do it right now. It isn't through good works, but through faith. Accept Christ into your life, and you will be saved from death, forgiven of your sins, and given eternal life. It's that simple. If you confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your life that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. Again, it's that simple. Don't put it off, accept Him into your life and He will change your heart, mind, body, and soul for eternity. Do it now. If God wills, you could die in 1 second. If God wills, you could live a full, long, and happy life. Your life is in His hands. Do it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Expedition Being Planned

The people of Titanic Inc. are talking about doing an expedition to the Titanic in 2010. I'd like to hear about what they find, as long as they don't damage anything.

Click HERE to see the article with some of the information.

Millvina Dean's Ashes Have Been Scattered

The last of the Titanic's passengers have been laid to rest.

Click HERE to see an article.

Click HERE to see another article.

May God rest her soul.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Free Books

Click HERE for a link to 'The Loss of the S.S. Titanic' by Lawrence Beesely (an account read by Allyson Hester).

Click HERE for a link to read 'Sinking of the Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters' by Logan Marshall. The book is not very accurate, so you're going to have to keep in mind that some of it is true, and some of it is false (most of this information was from newspapers). This was the first book to come out about the Titanic (it came out in 1912).

Friday, October 9, 2009

Millvina Dean's Ashes To Be Scattered

Click HERE to see the article on the subject.

Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic who died recently will be laid to rest soon. Her ashes will be scattered over the sea following a memorial service. They will be scattered in Southampton, England, in Berth 44 where the Titanic set sail over 97 years ago. She was 2 months old on board. Millvina, her brother, and her mother survived and her father died on the ship. Her ashes will be scattered on October 24.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Titanic/Tower of Babel Comparison

The Titanic was the largest structure on the ocean. The Tower of Babel was the largest structure on land.

Titanic was built by Joseph Bruce Ismay, and the Tower of Babel was built by King Nimrod.

Titanic was built basically to show that man was greater than the elements (some even thought God couldn't sink her), and the Tower of Babel was man's defiance against God for nations to come together and show themselves basically greater than God (they were going to use the Tower of Babel as a stairway to heaven).

Titanic struck an iceberg made by God and sank, the people building the Tower of Babel was struck by God.

The people on the Titanic were of different tongues, and the Tower of Babel was of the same language until God struck them.

The people on Titanic were separated, and the people building the Tower of Babel were scattered.

Titanic is now at the bottom of the ocean decaying. The Tower of Babel more than likely fell apart after everyone stopped building.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Robert Ballard Videos

Here's a few videos on the Titanic's finder, Dr. Robert Ballard:

Deep Sea Explorer

Robert Ballard Lecture

About Dr. Ballard and his Lectures

Ballard Returns to The Titanic and his Views Part 1

Robert Ballard Returns to the Titanic Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Titanic Historical Society

The Titanic Historical Society was founded by Edward Kamuda, and is one of the foremost experts on the great liner. Ever since he saw the 1953 movie by Clifton Webb and Barbara Stynwick (which I'll tell you about in a later post), he has been interested in it, writing to survivors. Once, when a survivor died, he had some artifacts which were thrown out by the landlord. So, he started the Titanic Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving the artifacts which passengers had. About 50 survivors he was able to contact, and now, there are none to our knowledge still alive. In the back of a store called Henry's Jewelry Store in Springfield, Illinois. Every quarter of the year, they release a magazine called the 'Titanic Commutator'. Here are links of about the Titanic Historical Society:

Titanic Historical Society website

Titanic Historical Society Message Board

About the Titanic Historical Society

Ed Kamuda Titanic Historical Society

Ed Kamuda 1997 Movie

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Night To Remember Author and Producer

Click HERE to see an interview with Walter Lord the author of the celebrated book, "A Night to Remember".

Click HERE to see Part 1 of the interview with producer and witness of Titanic's Construction and Sea Trials, William McQuitty.

Click HERE to see Part 2 of the interview with William McQuitty.

Click HERE to see Part 1 of A Night to Remember

Click HERE to see Part 2

Click HERE to see Part 3

Click HERE to see Part 4

Click HERE to see Part 5

Click HERE to see Part 6

Click HERE to see Part 7

Click HERE to see Part 8

Click HERE to see Part 9

Click HERE to see Part 10

Click HERE to see Part 11

Click HERE to see Part 12

Click HERE to see Part 13

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Last Mysteries of the Titanic Expedition

Click HERE to see some games and puzzles, on the Titanic from the "Last Mysteries of the Titanic" expedition.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Christian Boys' & Men's Titanic Society

Here are pictures of the 2008 annual Titanic Dinner in Washington D.C.:

(These pictures are from Doug's Blog at Vision Forum)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Was God in the Midst of the Titanic Disaster?

God is in the midst of everything, even the greatest maritime disaster in history. John Harper a Presbyterian minister, preached God's word and led many to Christ just as the ship started to list greatly. One man came to God after hearing Harper witness to him in the water. Father Thomas Byles led many to Christ on the Poop Deck, hearing confessions and helping to pray with them. God preserved the life of Archibald Gracie, and even caused the Holy Spirit to move Mrs. Gracie to pray for her husband knowing that he was in some sort of danger. He who made and controls the wind and the waves, caused the sea to become as calm as a mill-pond which turned out to be a blessing, due to the overloaded, swamped, and overturned lifeboats. You can see that He was merciful to 705 souls, allowing them to live a little bit longer before joining Him or being separated from Him for eternity. The approximately 1,500 souls that died on the Titanic acted on His will and plan. Although I don't understand why He would allow the people He loved to die a horrible death, I do know that all happens for God's glory. In fact, this disaster caused man to look upon how arrogant they were in even saying that God could not sink this ship, and to see that not everything is unsinkable, nor indestructible. God who controls the wind, waves, and all that happens in it, caused the iceberg to be in that path and actually sank it and carried with her, many of the richest, and most prominent people of Europe and America. Today, man doesn't challenge God by saying that even He can't sink or destroy anything. The merely try and make it things the best that they can, and even man's best creations usually have glitches. The Titanic Disaster has allowed man to try and prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jacques Futrelle

Jacques Heath Futrelle was born on April 9, 1875 in Pike County, GA (in the U.S.A.). At the age of 18, he became an apprentice to a printer. He then worked for the Atlanta Journal as the aid to a business manager, where he started the Sports section. He married Lily May Peel in 1895, and together, they had two children named Virginia, and Jacques Jr. In 1898, war broke out between America and Spain and this forced Telegraph Editor Jacques Sr. to work 24 hours a day during the period of the war (May 1-July 18, 1898). After the war was over, they stayed with his sister in Scituate where they rested and relaxed. He also worked for the New York Herald, Boston American, and Boston Post. It was in these newspapers in 1905, that his first novel called "The Thinking Machine" which began as a serial for the Boston Post but became so successful, it was put into a series of books. The famed novel was later renamed "Problem of Cell 13". In 1906, Jacques Sr. quit the Boston American and wrote novels like "The Chase of the Golden Plate", "The Simple Case of Susan", "The Diamond Master", "Elusive Isabel", "The High Hand", "My Lady's Garter", "The Flaming Phantom", "The Great Auto Mystery", "The Man who was Lost", "The Mystery of a Studio", "The Ralston Bank Burglary", "The Scarlet Thread", "The House That Was", and "The Phantom Motor". He built a home in Scituate, Massachusetts which he labeled, Stepping Stones. In 1912, the Futrelles were on a vacation in Europe. There is a story which is not confirmed, that the night before they were to return home on the Titanic, Jacques celebrated his 37th birthday with his friends and wife. The party didn't end, until 3:00 A.M. and he spent the rest of the night packing. They were traveling on the Titanic in 1st Class in Cabin C-123 (the children stayed at home with their grandparents, since he also had business). After the Titanic struck an iceberg, the ship began to sink. The couple was asleep at the moment, and didn't feel the collision. He put his wife into Collapsible D. May tried to convince Jacques to enter the lifeboat, but he refused saying he'd enter a later boat (although that was one of the last lifeboats to leave safely). As the boat pulled away from the sinking ship, there is one story that says that he was last seen smoking a cigar with John Jacob Astor. He unfortunately died in the cold North Atlantic. His body was never recovered. There is a memorial to him in Poplar Springs Methodist Church, in Emanuel/Johnson County, GA. His final book "My Lady's Garter" was found in his study, and published by his wife. May put in there, "To the Heroes of the Titanic, I dedicate this my husband's book".

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Last Titanic Survivor to be Laid to Rest

The funeral has taken place in England of the last survivor of the Titanic disaster, Millvina Dean.

The private service, attended by family and friends, took place at Southampton Crematorium, the funeral directors confirmed.

Ms Dean, who died on 31 May aged 97, was the youngest passenger on board at only nine weeks old when the White Star liner left on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912.

The ship later struck an iceberg and sank in the early hours of 15 April but Ms Dean was saved along with her mother Georgetta, and two-year-old brother, Bert.

Her father Bertram died in the disaster that claimed 1,517 lives.

Miss Dean's family had been travelling in third class to begin a new life, as they were to open a tobacconist's shop in Kansas City.

After the disaster, she returned to England and lived in the Southampton area most of her life.

Miss Dean rarely talked about the sinking until the wreck was discovered in the 1980s and she became well known.

But in the last years of her life, she began struggling with monthly bills of £3,000 at her care home and had been in danger of losing her room.

Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in the blockbuster Titanic, plus the film's director James Cameron all donated money to help her after Derry author and journalist Don Mullan started a fund-raising campaign.

(This article is from RTE News).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Titanic China Patterns

This Greek Key Pattern was used in 1st Class, possibly in either the Cafe Perisian, or in the A La Carte Restaurant. It is unknown what room it was served in, but this type of china was used on the Titanic, for we have found this pattern in the debris field.

This Gothic Pattern was also used for the 1st Class Passengers in their Dining Saloon.

This was the most famous china on the Titanic. It was one of the many 1st Class china patterns, and was used in the Dining Saloon. The Dining Saloon could seat 554 people, so they had a lot of plates, saucers, and cups of that design. It was Wisteria, and had turquoise and gold in the pattern. It was one of the most intricate and beautiful pattern on the ship. It was also used in the Veranda Cafe.

This china is unknown to as to it's original room. It is generally thought that it belonged to the Perisian Cafe, but that is yet to be proved. As far I know, there have been no china in the debris field found, of that pattern.

Here are two examples of 2nd Class China. It was in the Delft Style, and was the only style used in 2nd Class. It was also known as the Flow Blue, and I myself was able to obtain an exact reproduction. It has blue flowers around the edges, along with a band of blue that has intersecting Xs. It also had leaves around it as seen in the two photographs.

3rd Class had possibly two china patterns. Both were white with the White Star Line logo in the exact center. However, it is believed that there was a set of china that had a gold rim around it. This has not been proved, since no china with a gold rim has been found.

Survivor of All Three Sisters

Violet Constance Jessop was born on October 2, 1887 to William and Katherine Jessop near Blanca, Argentina. William had emigrated from Dublin, Ireland around 1884-1885, and his fiance Katherine followed him in 1886. Violet Jessop was the firstborn of 9, although only 6 survived. Violet got tuberculosis at an early age, but recovered despite the doctors' prediction that she wouldn't live a month. She and her family moved to Great Britain after her father died, and she continued her education in a convent school while her mother was a stewardess. After her mother got sick, she quit school and became a stewardess at the age of 23 for the Royal Mail Line. She was then transferred to the White Star Line. She was paid £2 ($10) per month, working 17 hours per day. She boarded the R.M.S. Olympic on October 20, 1910. One voyage ended shortly, after a collision with the H.M.S. Hawke in 1911. She continued as stewardess on the Olympic, until being transferred to the R.M.S. Titanic, Olympic's sister ship. She boarded on April 10, 1912 like most of the crew. She served as 1st Class stewardess and in her memoirs, she wrote that Thomas Andrews took her suggestions on improving the ship, and earned her admiration along with all other crewmen because he actually listened and gave them advice, and respected eachother, with both being Irish. She also claimed to have been friends with Scotsman and bandleader, Wallace Hartley. On April 14-15, 1912 when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. She was able to board a lifeboat, and was given an infant. She cared for the infant until reaching the decks of the rescue ship, Carpathia. Then, once on deck, the infant was snatched from her arms by a woman without a word, and ran off. She went on the Britannic (Titanic and Olympic's sister ship) in 1916, as a nurse (the Britannic had been turned into a hospital ship due to WWI). The Britannic struck a mine on the Aegean Sea, and began to sink. She was asleep, and immediately grabbed a toothbrush (a lesson learned after the Titanic, going for several days without a toothbrush and getting several cavities) and ran up on deck. She boarded a lifeboat and it was launched. However, the captain tried to beach the Britannic. So, with the propellers rising out of the water, the boat began being sucked towards it. She jumped despite her fear of water after the Titanic, and was sucked under the Britannic. Then, she went straight up and her head hit the bottom of the Britannic. She went into panic, and then she felt a hand which she could tell was alive. Then, they went up together and were pulled aboard a lifeboat, just as the Britannic made her final plunge. She later had severe headaches and went to the doctor where she found out that she fractured her skull. Afterwards, she continued to work for the White Star Line, and then worked for the Red Star Line, Royal Mail Line. She had a short marriage in the 1930s (the groom has never been identified), and retired in 1950 in Great Ashfield, Suffolk after 42 years at sea. One night, she got a phone call from a woman, asking if she saved a baby on the Titanic. After Violet said yes, the woman revealed that she was that infant. She laughed, and hung up. No one has ever identified the caller, or the infant. She was interviewed by Woman Magazine, and by Walter Lord for A Night To Remember. Throughout her life, she was a devout and Catholic. She was a very strong believer in prayer. She in fact, always carried a rosary in her apron or around her neck. Violet Jessop died of congestive heart failure in 1971. There is a book called "Titanic Survivor" (pictured above), telling the story of her life which is based off of her memoirs.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Make a Titanic Meal 2

Click HERE to learn how to make a Titanic dish (Pea Soup from 2nd Class).

Click HERE to see how to make dessert (Waldorf Pudding) in Make A Titanic Meal

Pea Soup Recipe:

1/2 cup of leeks (sliced and well washed)

Pinch of sugar

2 tbsp of parsley or chevril

1 cup of lettuce (coursely chopped)

2 cups of peas

1 tbsp of butter

Salt and Pepper (to your discretion)

6 cups of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)

Heat sauce pan over medium-high heat and heat butter. Add leeks and sugar and sweat until translucent (which takes approximately 5 minutes). Add salt and pepper (to your discretion). Add letttuce, parsley (or chervil), and lettuce. Stir well, and then add one cup of chicken stock. Put lid on, and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Now add remainder of chicken stock. Puree soup well. Pour soup through fine mesh strainer into a different pot. After strained, you are ready to enjoy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Biggest Family on the Titanic

John George Sage was born in 1867 in Hackney, London. Annie Elizabeth Cazaly was born also born in 1867 in Hackney, London to a family whom was descended from a French Hugenot line. John and Annie married on November 2, 1890. Together, they had Stella Anne (born in 1891), George John (born in 1892), Douglas Bullen (born in 1894), Fredrick (born in 1895), Dorothy Florence (born in 1897), Anthony William (born in 1899), Elizabeth Ada (born in 1901), Constance Gladys (born in 1904), and Thomas Henry (born in 1907). In case you lost count, that's 7 kids. They did have two other children, but they died as infants. In 1900, John became a landlord and owned a family-run bakery. Some time after 1900, John and his oldest son George became dining car attendants in Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway. They did come home to visit though. In 1911, John bought some land in Jacksonville, Florida. George stayed in Florida where he became engaged. His wife was not thrilled, due to her fear of water after their daughter Dorothy almost drowned in a well in the backyard. The furniture (including the family piano) was sent on ahead. The family boarded the Titanic in Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. You can imagine that the mother felt a little better, especially with that huge leviathan towering above them with solid iron plates firmly fixed together, to protect them during the voyage. The entire family was in steerage and you can suppose, that they attracted some attention with 9 children. You can also almost imagine them meeting the Goodwins (The Goodwins had 8 and none of them survived). The Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912 and began to sink. The Sage family came up on deck almost too late. One account says that Stella boarded a lifeboat, but came back on the steadily sloping decks after hearing that there wasn't enough room for her whole family. The entire family died in the disaster, and only Anthony's body was recovered by the Mackay Bennett.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Last Titanic Survivor Dies

Dear Friends,
I regret to inform you that Millvina Dean the last known survivor of the R.M.S. Titanic died today, Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 3:00 A.M. in the morning. She died peacefully of pneumonia which caused an infection in her lungs. She was 97 when she died, and was 2 months old when the ship sank and had no memory of the unfortunate event. May God have mercy on her soul.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Footage Of All Three Sister Ships

Click Here to see the only footage of the R.M.S. Titanic. As noted in the movie, this is before the forward promenade was enclosed. I you look closely, you may be able to see the Titanic's name.

Click HERE to see footage of the R.M.S. Olympic in her last voyages.

Click HERE to see footage of the Olympic in the 1920s.

Click HERE to see more footage of the Olympic in the 1920s.

Click HERE to see even more footage of the Olympic in the 1920s.

Click HERE to see footage of the Olympic in dock.

Click HERE to see footage of what's left of the R.M.S. Olympic today.

Click HERE to see footage of the H.M.H.S. Britannic.

Click HERE to see footage of the Britannic's wreck.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Titanic Deck Plans 3

Here are some more Deck Plans for the Titanic. These are very detailed, and advanced. When you click on the plan, it becomes bigger.

Click HERE to see the plans. Click on any of the decks above, and you can explore the ship.

Titanic Survivor and Britannic Diver

Please be in prayer for Millvina Dean (top) the last living Titanic survivor. She has pneumonia and it's serious. She has been admitted to the hospital, and we all hope and pray that she makes a complete recovery. Also, pray for the family of Carl Spencer (bottom), a famed Britannic (sister ship to the Titanic) explorer that got an illness while diving called the bends. It comes from coming to the surface too fast, which causes the nitrogen bubbles to form in the his blood after coming up from water with some amount of pressure. He was airlifted to the hospital on shore but by the time he was airlifted, he was unconscious. He was pronounced dead on arrival. He was heading an expedition to film the exterior and interior of the wreck.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Alice Cleaver

Alice Catherine Cleaver was born on July 5, 1889 in St. Pancras, London to Joseph Cleaver and Lavina Alice Cleaver. When she became a teenager, she went to work as a made for several English families before becoming the maid/nurse for the wealthy Montreal family, Hudson and Bess Allison and their children, Lorraine and Trevor. In 1912, the Allison family were going back home on the Titanic taking Alice along with them. On April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck ice. Hudson went out to see what was going on. While Mr. Allison was gone, Mrs. Allison broke into hysterics. SHe either left with Trevor and got the servant and cook for the Allison family in 2nd class, or Hudson returned with the rest of the party and they got separated. She then went into Boat No. 11, assuming that the rest of the Allison family would do the same. Unfortunately, they didn't. No one knows what happened next. Either they went looking for Alice and Trevor, or they waited too long to get into a boat. Lorraine was the only child in 1st Class to die on the Titanic. The servant and cook from the Allison family along with Alice didn't realize that the Allison family except for the precious child that she was holding didn't survive, until the next day on the rescue ship Carpathia. Trevor was returned to the Allison family after they arrived in New York. All of them went up to Montreal where they recovered from the disaster, and then the servant, cook, and Alice was returned to England. To avoid the reporters, she went under the name of Jean. She was disgraced later by false reports. There were stories that she murdered her own baby before she met the Allisons, but that was mistaken identity with another woman named Alice Mary Cleaver. It was also said, that she ran away from the Allisons on the sinking ship in hysterics although that can not be proved. Alice returned to England, and married Edward James Williams and had two daughters. She died on November 1, 1984 in Hampshire, England.

In a letter, Alice Cleaver Williams wrote this letter to Titanic author, Walter Lord:

"I was acting as a nurse to the two children of Mr and Mrs Allison. Having taken the position two weeks before we sailed as their own nurse decided not to go at the last moment -Lorraine was 3 years old at the time and Trevor 10 months.There is not much I can tell you in a letter. I had some difficulty in persuading Mr.Allison to get up and go to see what had happened after the crash, which they did not hear at all and thought it was my imagination. Some long time after the engines had stopped he decided to go and find out the trouble.

While he was away I was warned we would have to leave the ship, so prepared the children and Mrs.Allison - but she became hysterical and I had to calm her. About that time an officer came round to close the cabins and advised us to go on deck - here met Mr.Allison outside the cabin but he seemed too dazed to speak. I handed him some brandy and asked him to look after Mrs.Allison and Lorraine and I would keep Baby, the child I managed to get off the ship, some confusion occurred outside as to which deck we should go and that is how he came separated, afterwards I learned from one of the staff that Mrs.Allison was hysterical again and that Mr.Allison had difficulty with her and I can only surmise that is how they lost their lives - as there was plenty of room in the lifeboats because people refused to leave thinking it was safer on the ship."

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Refuge of Few

(Here's an example of what it would have looked like)

Click HERE to see footage from the 1997 video on what happened to Collapsibles A and B

Collapsible A was one of the collapsible lifeboats that was on top of the Officer's Quarters towards the bow just behind the Bridge on the Starboard side. It was in fact, one of the 4 lifeboats that weren't supposed to be there but since it was the outdated rule that a steamer of 10,000 tons and over should carry 16 lifeboats. However, the rule didn't change and the steam ships got bigger. The Titanic was so big, that with the addition of 4 Collapsibles, the was only enough for half. Collapsibles A and B were placed on the roof of the Officer's Quarters to provide more room for the passengers on the Boat Deck. The reason it was called a collapsible lifeboat, was because half of the sides were actual wood while the other half could be raised because it was made of canvas. The Titanic struck an iceberg of April 14, 1912. The damage was so great, that it began to sink. All the lifeboats were lowered and the water was creeping closer to the boat deck. Officers Murdoch and Moody worked and freed Collapsible A from the roof using oars as a ramp (since they were there to ease the passengers and no one thought that they would be taken down). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl50X86kgMU reached the Boat Deck, but the crewmen started to put the lifeboat on the davits. Then, the Titanic surged downward causing Collapsible A to drift off. After a cutting the ropes, it drifted away. The side canvases were not drawn up, so the rushing sea swamped the lifeboat half full of water. Just as Collapsible A clears the Titanic, the forward funnel collapsed and caused the dozen people rough seas. Famed tennis player R. Norris Williams gave his account, of what happened in his experience. He said that he and his father were swimming towards Collapsible A when the forward funnel collapsed, killing his father and narrowly missing him. He was on the side of A for several minutes until he was able to be pulled aboard. The water was 28-29 degrees F, so not many people survived. Out of the dozen men, few survived. It was in fact, the lifeboat with the fewest survivors. One thing that helped R. Norris Williams from dying of exposure like most of his companions, was his now waterlogged fur coat. Later, 5th Officer Lowe picked up those that were left and left three bodies in the boat. It then set out alone, to be picked up a few weeks later by the Oceanic with the bodies still in there. One was identified as Thompson Beatie. The others were unrecognizable and didn't have any identity on them. Nothing is currently known about what happened to Collapsible A nor the other lifeboats after they were returned to England and disappeared.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In Memory of a Titanic Explorer

Ralph B. White award winning cinematographer and Titanic explorer, died on February 4, 2008. He was with Dr. Robert Ballard when he discovered the wreck in 1985 and he was in the IMAX movie Titanica, where they went down and recovered artifacts. He also went down to the wreck when an expedition was sent by the History Channel to figure out how the Titanic broke in two. In searching for more evidence, he went down to the sister ship Britannic for comparisons (which by the way, Simon Mills owner of the Britannic is making arrangements to open it up for an underwater museum). He has made 35 dives in all to the Titanic. In 1996, he helped with the lighting on the submersibles when James Cameron went down to the wreck for his movie (which led James Cameron to be able to go deeper into the ship than anyone and explore the Reception Room on D Deck). He also did many other things at sea like swim with sharks, dive in the Arctic to a 153 year old wreck, and did a search for the Loch Ness Monster. According to his wishes, Ralph White was cremated and his ashes were taken to space and scattered to all 7 continents.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Know Your Stuff! 5

Q. Who survived the Titanic and 4 other predicaments before dying of Renal Failure?

A. R. Norris Williams

B. Joseph Bruce Ismay

C. Gus Cohen

D. Helen Bishop

Q. What school teacher wrote a famous account of his experiences on the Titanic?

A. Annie Funk

B. William T. Stead

C. Charles Lightoller

D. Lawrence Beesely

Q. What was the first recognizable thing seen that identified the last resting place of the Titanic?

A. Boiler

B. China

C. Bell

D. Railing

Q. What man that died on the Titanic was supposed to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery?

A. John Jacob Astor

B. Archibald Butt

C. Benjamin Guggenheim

D. Isador Strauss

Q. What type of car was on the Titanic?

A. Ford Model T

B. French Renault

C. Hupp-Yeats

D. Mercer

(The answer is in the post, "Titanic Automobile")

Q. Who was the only man that was colored (black) on board the Titanic?

A. Shine

B. Fredrick Douglas

C. Joseph Laroche

D. Martin King

Q. Who wrote the electrifying account of the Titanic in a book called "A Night To Remember"?

A. Archibald Gracie

B. Lawrence Beesely

C. Walter Lord

D. Stanley Lord

(Answer these questions by clicking on the links provided)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Millvina Dean Sells Mail Bag And Receives It Back

The auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, featured memorabilia belonging to 97-year-old Millvina Dean. She was lowered to safety from the deck of the sinking cruise liner as a two-month-old baby. Ms Dean faces monthly bills of £3,000 at her Southampton nursing home and sold a canvas bag from her rescue which raised £1,500. The bag was used to carry her belongings back to England from New York after she, her mother and two-year-old brother were rescued. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told BBC News: "There's a really nice story to this. A young man from London bought it, paid the money and then told us he wanted it returned to Ms Dean." Ms Dean's father perished in the icy waters of the north Atlantic, one of 1,517 to die when the ship sank in 1912. Also included in the sale at Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers was a flask another passenger on the ill-fated ship used to give hot milk to his wife and two daughters. This lot sold for £37,500. The provenance states the man shinned down the rope of a rescue boat to hand over the flask, before returning to the deck and perishing as the ship went down. A chunky key to a door on the ship's E deck was sold for just under £60,000 - and was the most expensive item sold. A letter from a Henry Wilde on Titanic notepaper went for £27,000, and another by passenger Adolf Saalfeld, reached almost £28,000. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the sale had gone well. "We had several hundred people in the sale room and interest in the auction was very good, as is the case with our Titanic auctions. "Overall, we've raised a very substantial sum."

(This article is from BBC News)

(This act of kindness I really like and if the man that did this act is reading this, I say God Bless).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anne Isham

Anne Elizabeth Isham was born on January 25, 1862 in Cook County, Illinois. Her father was Edward Isham and her mother was Frances Burch Isham. She had two brothers named Pierrepont and Edward Jr. along with a sister, Frances named after her mother. Edward Sr. had a law firm with Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln and major general of General Grant during the Civil War. She was a bashful girl and woman. She began living abroad at the age of 41, and lived her older sister Frances in Paris, France. She was in Cherbourg, France now at the age of 50 when she boarded the Titanic bound for home in America. There is a legend that she brought a Great Dane which she had raised since it was a pup and used for companionship. However, that was started by Marty Crisp when she wrote "White Star: A Dog on the Titanic" and is not true. She knew the Ryersons of Philadelphia, who were returning to America to attend their son's funeral. However, we don't know whether or not they met. Mrs. Ryerson stayed in her cabin most of the voyage and went out only once. Mr. Ryerson died when the Titanic sank, so we can't tell whether or not they met. She also had a cabin (C-49) next to Archibald Gracie although he claimed to have never seen her during the voyage. She died during the sinking, and her body was never recovered. No one knows how she died. It's possible that she was never woken up and locked in when the cabins were locked by the stewards to prevent burglars. There is a memorial erected by her relatives in her honor, in Vermont.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

97 Anniversary

Today is the 97th Anniversary of the Titanic's last day. According to my clock now, it's around 9:00 P.M. By now, some passengers would have retired to bed while the men in 1st class would have gone to the smoking room playing cards, smoking, drinking brandy, and talking about politics. In 2nd class, men would have been doing the same or in their cabins. Lawrence Beasely was reading in his cabin. In 3rd class, there would have been some dancing, music, and men would have played cards while smoking. The women probably would have sat on the benches talking while the children were dancing and playing. There is one account that says that a mouse ran across the floor which caused the women to scream and stand on the benches while the boys tried to catch it. At 11:40 P.M., Fredrick Fleet (a survivor) spotted an iceberg directly in the Titanic's path. He rang the bell and called the bridge. 6th officer James Moody (who perished) answered the phone and relayed the report to 1st officer Murdoch (who also perished), in charge of the bridge during that time. The ship tried to swing towards port and just as it looked like Titanic would clear it, it struck putting holes in the 6 compartments when it could only take damage to 4 compartments. This meant that the weight of the water would drag the Titanic down, spilling into the next compartment. After they realized the ship was doomed, they ordered the boats swung out. All the boats except for two were lowered. The two collapsibles on top of the officer's quarters. The water swept up as the boats came crashing down on the deck. Collapsible B was overturned and A was swamped. These two boats would save around 25-30. Soon after, the 1st funnel fell on men including the richest man on the ship, John Jacob Astor. After that, the heart of the ship, the Grand Staircase flooded. This was at 2:10 A.M. The 2nd funnel disappears underwater later to fall. The stern rose up, and then the lights went out, flickered, and went out for all eternity. The stern detached between the 3rd and 4th funnel and fell back almost even. The bow still a little attached to the stern, pulled the stern under. The stern was almost perpendicular like a finger pointing to heaven. Then, the stern very slowly disappeared from sight at 2:20 A.M. leaving 1,500 people in pitched dark and in the icy 28 degree waters. 705 people were in the lifeboats listening to the horrific cries as people died and only one came back 20 minutes later to save only 4 people.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Molly Brown Mansion

(Let me just say that I've never visited the Brown home, but I want to. All this information is by research in books and from the internet.)

The Brown Home was built in the 1889 by William Lange and commissioned by Isaac and Mary Large when people began moving west. It is in an important area of Denver, at Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, please keep in mind that this is in Denver and not Washington D.C. It is Victorian Style, and is 7,500 square feet. As seen above, the house's exterior is composed of stone and wood with wooden Victorian/Gothic style touches and statues of lions. The inside has beautiful features. It has copper ceilings, statues, and grand chandeliers. It had also oak paneling that was very elaborate, hand woven carpets, elegant stained glass windows, gilt on the grand piano, marble fireplaces, a polar bear carpet, even silver dollars cemented in the floor. After she died in 1932, the home was sold to another owner and then, recent owners learned that it was owned by the very famous Molly Brown who survived the Titanic, ran for the U.S. Senate, and did very much for charity. So, they turned it into a museum where it is open today for tours. The house is claimed to be haunted, with Mr. Brown's tobacco being smelt in the living room, a figure being seen in a bedroom, and other mysterious things happening. If you're ever in Denver, Colorado, please visit it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rebuild Titanic?

There are plans to rebuild the Titanic, in a non-profit organization to help needy and sick children. It will be called the S.S. Titan. Their goal is to honor those that died on board and to help those today. I support this idea, all the way through. It is at least better than those plans to build a Titanic on dry land in Finland, just to put a hotel, shopping center, and restaurant inside, and doesn't have the slightest pity for the 1500 souls that died. This ship would be a masterpiece, if built. I really hope that it does. So far, all plans to rebuild the Titanic have failed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Titanic Coins

Here is a 1912 penny. Although there were no commemoration coins from 1912 to the Titanic, they are still placed with pictures and have a sort of connections to the Titanic.

This is a commemorative coin from the Caicos Islands and is worth 20 crowns. It is from 1998 and has Queen Elizabeth II.

This coin was from the Gilbert Islands near Australia. It is minted in 1998, and it is quite beautiful.

This coin is a Canadian Maple Leaf, and is made up of .9999 in silver. It is from 1998 and is worth 5 dollars there. The Titanic is located just beneath the Maple Leaf, and the estimates of coins minted, are about 26,000.

This one is less popular since it just recently came out, in 2005. It is from Liberia, and is to commemorate the 2000 expedition. It is worth 10 dollars there, and has a lion on the back. Inaccurately depicted, is the hole made by the iceberg looking like a gash not realizing that the hole(s) made by the iceberg never came out of the water, and that there were many holes along the side.

The coin above is from Somalia, and is quite collectible. It is made up of .999 silver, and is worth 5 dollars. They were only produced in 1998. Only 200 were produced in silver, and there are more that are made up of gold/bronze and cupro/nickel. The Somalia is the most famous and distributed Titanic coin today.

(Although I wish I do, I don't have any of these coins. I am a coin collector, and thought that this might interest those such as I who like coins and the Titanic. You can buy these on places like ebay.)

Titanic's Fate Up to Virginia Judge

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Nearly a century after the Titanic struck ice in the North Atlantic, a federal judge in Virginia is poised to preserve the largest collection of artifacts from the opulent oceanliner and protect the ship's resting place.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, a maritime jurist who considers the wreck an "international treasure," is expected to rule within weeks that the salvaged items must remain together and accessible to the public. That would ensure the 5,900 pieces of china, ship fittings and personal belongings won't end up in a collector's hands or in a London auction house, where some Titanic artifacts have landed.

The judgment could also end the legal tussle that began when a team of deep-sea explorers found the world's most famous shipwreck in 1985.

The salvage company, RMS Titanic Inc., wants the court to grant it limited ownership of the artifacts.

At the same time, a cadre of government lawyers is helping Smith shape covenants to strictly monitor future activity at the Titanic wreck 2 1/2 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. Amid evidence of the ship's deterioration, experts and government lawyers say the sanctity of the Titanic must be properly protected as a memorial to the 1,522 people who died when it went down.

"For the most part, the value of Titanic is its history — and not from some pile of gold, silver and jewels," said Ole Varmer, an attorney in the international law office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose office has developed guidelines for the Titanic.

Because the Titanic sank in international waters on April 15, 1912, and the ship's owners are long gone, the wreck site and its artifacts have been subject to competing legal claims since an international team led by oceanographer Robert Ballard found it 24 years ago. The courtroom survivor is RMS Titanic Inc., also known as RMST, which gathered the artifacts during six dives. Courts have declared it salvor-in-possession — meaning it has exclusive rights to salvage the Titanic — but have explicitly stated it does not own the 5,900 artifacts or the wreck itself.

RMST is a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions Inc., an Atlanta company that bills itself as "a major provider of museum-quality touring exhibitions." Its offerings include sports memorabilia, a traveling Star Trek homage and "Bodies," an anatomy exhibit featuring preserved human cadavers.

RMST conducts traveling displays of the Titanic artifacts, which the company says have been viewed by 33 million people worldwide.

Last month, RMST underwent a shakeup of its board and saw its director resign over the company's poor financial performance, according to Premier Exhibitions filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and statements by dissident shareholders. Smith had expressed concerns before the board shakeup about RMST's ability to continue properly managing the collection, considering the company's financial situation.

No one familiar with the case or the artifacts has questioned RMST's handling of them.

RMST is seeking limited ownership of the artifacts as compensation for its salvage efforts. In its court filing for a salvage award, the company put the fair market value of the collection at $110.9 million. The same filing states that RMST's costs associated with the recovery and conservation of the artifacts have exceeded revenues from their display.

If the court agrees to RMST's request, the company could sell the entire collection to a museum with court approval.

Robert W. McFarland, an attorney for RMST, declined to comment before Smith rules.

Smith is drawing upon the State Department and NOAA to help craft the covenants to keep the artifacts preserved, intact as a collection and available to the public, and to guide future salvage operations at the Titanic wreck by RMST. At a hearing in November, the no-nonsense judge made clear the stakes.

"I am concerned that the Titanic is not only a national treasure, but in its own way an international treasure, and it needs protection and it needs to be monitored," the judge told lawyers in the case.

Congress has expressed its interest in preserving the Titanic as a memorial. U.S. lawmakers have not, however, implemented an agreement with the United Kingdom, which has already embraced a ban on unregulated salvage of the wreck.

J. Ashley Roach, a retired State Department lawyer who worked on the Titanic case, said the Titanic is the first major shipwreck in international waters to receive such close scrutiny.

"You have a domestic court and now the branches of government working together to make sure the wreck itself continues to be available in the future for the public good," he said.

International protections have been sought for the Titanic almost since the wreck was discovered. Ballard, who led the team that found the ship, told a congressional hearing in October 1985:

"Titanic is like a great pyramid which has been found and mankind is about to enter it for the first time since it was sealed. Has he come to plunder or appreciate? The people of the world clearly want the latter."

(This article is from Associated Press)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Titanic Barber Shop

The Barber Shop was used not only for cutting hair, but for souvenirs too. There was one for 2nd class(located on E-Deck), and 1st class (located on C-Deck) too. It also served as a sort of lounge for the maids and valets brought by the passengers. The 3rd class passengers had to make due and either have a haircut before, or after the voyage. The Barber Shops for 1st class and 2nd class were small. They had a bench on one side, and chairs on the other. The benches were used for waiting while the chairs were used for cutting hair. The souvenirs were hanging from the ceiling, or on the walls. They sold penknives, banners, dolls, hats, tobacco, ribbons with RMS Titanic embroidered on it, and other things like that. The photograph above is from the Titanic's almost identical sister ship, Olympic. The barbers were Arthur White(formerly the J.P. Morgan's private barber who owned of White Star Line) in 2nd class and Charles Weikman in 1st class. Nothing is known about what happened to either of the Barber Shops during or after the sinking. No one has visited them yet. The Barber Shop in 1st class is accessible, with it being just off the Grand Staircase. The one in 2nd class, was in the stern. As far as I can tell, it might be still standing but it is more than likely inaccessible. There may be a souvenirs that were carried off by the passengers into the lifeboats from the Barber Shop, but I'm not aware of any.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Straus Suite

Click HERE to tour the Rose Suite from Cameron's movie. The Straus Sitting Room and one of the bedrooms looks a lot like the photos above (the photo of the bedroom is an example of what 1st Class cabins looked like on the ship and is not known if this is actually what the Straus Suite bedroom looked like).

Click HERE to see the Strauss Suite (James Cameron used some things from the Straus Suite in Rose's Suite).

The Straus suite was the most opulent suite on the ship. It was one of 4 Parlor Suites which included one bedroom, a sitting room, two wardrobes, one bathroom, and 1 fireplace. The cabins were C-55 and C-57. The sitting room (C-55) was of the Regency Decor, and had the fireplace. The panels were deep and rich in color, with 24 carat gold gilt all around. It was certainly one of the most beautiful rooms on the ship. The bedroom (C-57) was Empire Style. We know that the room survived the sinking intact, but not intact anymore. In 2006, James Cameron went into the Straus suite. He had a hard time getting to it, but he found the dark wood still there along with gilt inlays, the fireplace, and the clock still sitting upright on the mantle. However, the bedrooms have collapsed and there's no getting to them.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Most Expensive Titanic Letter Ever Sold At Auction

NEW YORK, NY, USA -- A letter, dated April 10, 1912, from a first class passenger onboard the Titanic (written by passenger George Graham of Harriston of Canada, a sales manager for the Eaton's department store company, to a business colleague in Berlin, Germany) was sold at auction by Spink Smythe in New York City for $16,100-setting the world record for the Most expensive letter from Titanic.

George Graham wrote: "I am sorry that I neglected to send you a wire on the first of April but I forgot all about it until Tuesday, you see.
I arrived in London Late Sunday and I was very busy all day Monday and I forgot all about it however, I hope that you will accept my good wishes now even if they are a bit late.
I hope to see you next year and that you and your good wife will enjoy good health."

Second page folds closed to form a postal cover with White Star's logo on verso of cover and a 2-1/2 penny stamp on the address leaf. Uneven toning to first page and address page from prior display.
Four plastic tape remnants on verso of first page and five on recto of second page, all at edges and none affecting readability.

Otherwise VG. Mr. Graham joined the Titanic at Southampton with first-class ticket 112053 and was berthed in cabin B-52.

On her maiden voyage the Titanic struck a North Atlantic iceberg and sank within hours early on the morning of April 14, 1912.

The letter in the auction was placed in the mail from Southhampton, England just prior to the ship's departure on April 10 for its never-completed trans-Atlantic crossing to New York City. (enlarge photo)

Graham did not survive the sinking.
"Hours before the ship struck an iceberg, Graham wired his wife back in Canada saying he was well and indicating he would be in New York City on Wednesday.
She received the wire on Tuesday morning, when news of the disaster was on everyone's lips, and mistakenly took it to mean her husband survived," explained Litzenberger.

"Days later she was informed his body had been recovered from the North Atlantic."

Letters written aboard the Titanic are among the most scarce and desirable articles connected with the tragedy.

About Spink
Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of coins, stamps, medals, banknotes, bonds, share certificates and autographs, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Dallas.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Last Survivor

Elizabeth Gladys (Milvina Dean)
was born on February 2, 1912 in London, England. Her parents were Bertram Frank Dean and Georgetta Eva Light. She had an older brother, also named Bertram, who was born in 1910. Ms. Dean's parents decided to immigrate to Wichita, Kansas later that same year, so that her father could open a tobacco shop. Her father saved and saved money, until he got his ticket to a new life. Mr. Dean got a ticket on another ship, but were transferred to the Titanic due to a coal strike in 3rd class. The Titanic set sail when she was only 9 weeks old. She and all her family had 3rd class all the way, which was like 2nd class in most ships. The Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Her family was woken up by a steward, told to put their lifejackets on, and go up on deck. The family made it up to the boat deck where Georgette, Bertram Jr., and Millvina were put into the lifeboat while her father was left on the sinking ship. No one knows what happened to Bertram Sr. after that, except that he unfortunately died. Mrs. Dean was holding Millvina, and realized that she didn't have her brother Bertram Jr. They later found him on the rescue ship Carpathia. He had been cared for by another passenger. The passengers took turns holding Millvina, and taking care of her. When the Carpathia docked, the company that owned Titanic called the White Star Line, provided passage back to England for those that wanted to return. The Deans returned to England after learning that their father and husband died, on the Adriatic. Mrs. Dean worked to support her family, and Millvina grew up not knowing about the Titanic or, that she lost her father on it. It was not until she was 8, that she knew about the disaster, when her mother Georgetta planned to remarry. Millvina Dean never married, but worked for the government. She drew maps during WWII, and worked in the purchasing department of the engineering firm. She later became a celebrity when she was in her 70s. She completed her family journey in 1997 on the Queen Elizabeth 2, and was invited to see the Titanic movie by James Cameron in a private viewing with Prince Charles on Whales. She refused, especially after seeing A Night To Remember in the 50s. She didn't like that they supposedly "publicized the deaths of 1,500 people". As of 2007, she was the last living survivor. She had no memory of the disaster however. Recently, she had to sell a suitcase and some clothing that were donated by the people of America, to pay for her keep at a nursing home. Later, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet donated $30,000 (her bill was 3,000 pounds per month). However, she died later that year (of an infection in her lungs caused by pneumonia) on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97 on the 98th anniversary of the Titanic's launching.