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JANUARY

Titanic Exhibition Bound For Copenhagen (28 Jan 2011, Opodo)
The touring show telling the story of the most famous maritime disaster in history will open at the Hans Christian Andersen Castle at the Tivoli Gardens amusement park on 10 April, marking the 99th anniversary of the Titanic's departure from Southampton on its maiden voyage. The show will remain in the Danish capital until 30 December 2011.

Still Learning More About Titanic (27 Jan 2011, Caledon Citizen-editorial)
I watched a documentary on TV Friday night on a topic that has always interested me. And as I watched, it dawned on me that we’re likely to see a lot more of these programs in the year that is to come. The documentary was entitled The Real Titanic. Not surprisingly, it dealt with the Titanic disaster. And the reason why I say we’d better get used to more of these shows is we’re a little more than year away from the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

Premier Exhibitions CFO Resigns (25 Jan 2011, Bizjournals.com)
Premier Exhibitions Inc. Chief Financial Officer John A. Stone resigned Jan. 19, the museum exhibitions company reported Tuesday. Atlanta-based company did not report a reason for his resignation, but said Stone will provide its consulting services over the next four months. Samuel Weiser, a director of the company, will oversee the finance department until a new CFO is named.

See the Titanic Wreckage Before It Completely Disappears (24 Jan 2011, BlackBook Magazine)
Those who book will not only get to dive two-and-a-half miles below the ocean’s surface, but they’ll also get to hang out with scientists, which is sort of cool if you’re into that. It’s $59,900 for the dive itself, so let’s hope the added bonus of “exclusively reproduced Titanic tableware china” by the original manufacturer for guests is authentic.

New Shipping Rules Urged To Avert "Arctic Titanic" (24 Jan 2011)
The Arctic Ocean needs tough new shipping rules as a rapid thaw opens the remote, icy region and brings risks of disasters on the scale of the Titanic, politicians and experts said on Monday. New shipping standards could cover designs to resist ice, new equipment and navigation rules, he said. In one step toward improved safety, the eight nations in the Arctic Council are due to agree new search and rescue rules in May.

Fine Art Shows Birth Of Titanic (20 Jan 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Two local artists kicked off the new year with the first of their three art exhibitions celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic’s hull launch. David ‘Dee’ Craig and John Stewart, who both grew up in the shadow of the Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes, are behind the threefold display that began its life earlier this month, opening at the Higgin Gallery in Malone House.

Titanic Buoys State Museum Attendance (18 Jan 2011, Indianapolis Business Journal
A last-minute addition to the exhibition schedule, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," turned out to be a boon to the Indiana State Museum. The museum reported Tuesday morning that the show, which closed on Sunday, attracted 88,465 paying visitors during its 103-day run and boosted overall museum attendance by 45 percent. "Titanic is the biggest exhibit we've had," spokeswoman Kathi Moore said. "It really did bring the State Museum into the forefront for the first time in a very long time."

Titanic Tribute (13 Jan 2011, Calgary Herald)
For many people, the thought of mounting a stage production of Titanic would be, um, too titanic an undertaking to even attempt. Not so for University of Calgary sessional instructor -- and head of the University of Calgary Operetta Company -- Colleen Whidden. She's chipper and excited as she speaks about the upcoming show, one she stumbled across while searching for a musical that would involve a lot of people.

The Titanic Will Be Destroyed By Superbug Within 15 Years (13 Jan 2011, Mirror.co.uk)
The wreck of the Titanic is being devoured by bacteria and cannot be saved, researchers have revealed. Scientists say the bug is eating away the rust and iron so fast that the 50,000-ton liner could completely decompose in 15 years. The discovery is the result of 20 years of research and was made thanks to new DNA technology.

All-Hours Access To Titanic Exhibit Jan. 21 (12 Jan 2011, Waterloo Record)
Titanic Overnight will start Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. and run through to 10 p.m. the next day. Discounted tickets for the exhibit will be available for a portion of the 36 hours. At 11:40 p.m., the time the ill-fated ship struck the iceberg in the Atlantic, there will be a special toast. At 2:20 a.m. there will be a moment of silence for the victims of the disaster.

GEOFF CRAMBIE: Wallace Hartley And The Sinking Of The Titanic (11 Jan 2011, Burnley Express)
Inserted on the card is a photo of the Colne-born heroic bandmaster who secured the admiration of the world as he continued to lead the band on the RMS Titanic as she slowly sank beneath the waves. Wallace Henry Hartley, seen here in an exceptional portrait, was just 33 as he lost his life on that fateful night in the North Atlantic Ocean. Seen along the bottom of the postcard is Wallace’s signature which is, along with the Sioux Indian chief, Crazy horse and the American author, J.D. Salinger, classed as one of the world’s rarest autographs of modern times.

Titanic Exhibition To Open In The Midlands (9 Jan 2011, Sunday Mercury)
A Titanic exhibition featuring costumes worn by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-laden 1997 movie is set to open in the Midlands. The display will open on February 26 in the East Midlands city.

'Titanic' Exhibit Closing Soon At State Museum (3 Jan 2011, Fox 59)
The highly anticipated "Titanic" exhibit at the Indiana State Museum is almost ready to sail away. There are just two weeks left to see it. The exhibit in Indianapolis concludes on Sunday, January 16th.

FEBRUARY

Steam Uncovers Letters From The Titanic (28 Feb 2011This is Wiltshire.co.uk
Researchers at Steam have published some original letters from 1910 and 1912 featuring links to the Titanic tragedy on a new online blog. The blog has been set up as a behind-the-scenes diary of life at the museum, in Kemble Drive, and will be used to share discoveries made by staff and volunteers. Elaine Arthurs, collections officer, said: “Everyone knows the story of the ill-fated ship that sank on April, 15, 1912. So when we discovered the documents with the word ‘Titanic’ printed on them, we really took notice.”

The Pride Of A Nation: Luxury Liner That's Set To Sail Once More (26 Feb 2011, Independent)
France was eventually dismantled in India and sold for scrap and souvenirs in 2007 and 2008. Francophobes need not rejoice. We are speaking not of "la" France but of "le" France. We are speaking of the SS France, which was once the pride and joy of all France. We are speaking of the "France" that was once the longest ocean liner in the world, longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.

Titanic Quarter To Create 35000 Jobs (24 Feb 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
The regeneration of the Titanic Quarter will create at least 35,000 jobs in east Belfast, it has been revealed. Belfast City Council and the Department for Employment and Learning announced this week that 15,000 construction jobs should be created during its 20 year development and 20,000 permanent jobs when completed.

Titanic's Colne Bandleader To Be Honoured On Centenary Of Death (22 Feb 2011, Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
A special piece of music is to be composed to mark the centenary of the death of one of Colne’s most famous sons. Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s conducted the orchestra on the Titanic as the ill-fated liner sank on its maiden voyage. Colne Orchestra is now putting together a landmark concert for April 15, the day the ship went down with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Titanic Exhibition Opens In Derby (18 Feb 2011, BBC News)
Royal Crown Derby has opened the doors to its new Titanic exhibition.Hundreds of items of memorabilia from the White Star Line, the firm which ran the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannia, are on display. They include porcelain dinner items made by Royal Crown Derby for the ships' a la carte restaurants, furniture and original order books. The exhibition runs from Saturday 19 February to Saturday 2 July 2011.

Titanic Museum Attraction Serving Up A Big Surprise at Dancing With the Knoxville Stars
 (15 Feb 2011, PRLog.Org – press release)
When the 2011 Star 102.1 FM “Dancing with the Knoxville Stars” benefit for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital takes place this Thursday, Titanic Museum Attraction’s First Class Maid Jaynee will take center stage.  As both a judge and performer for the third annual dance competition, Jaynee will be doing the three things she enjoys the most; singing, dancing and representing East Tennessee’s most popular destination, Titanic Museum Attraction.

Titanic Huge Success For TheMuseum (15 Feb 2011, Exchange Morning Post)
Most telling of the exhibition’s success was the demand in the final weeks as online timed tickets consistently began selling out. To accommodate the demand THEMUSEUM held an incredible 36 hour Titanic Marathon from January 21st at 10am until January 22nd at 10pm. Each hour from 9pm through 2am sold out and the exhibition was never empty from 3am until 7am when it sold out by the hour again. In total more than 5000 people visited THEMUSEUM in 36 hours, with an additional 2000 on the final Sunday.

Winnipeg Lives Lost In Tragedy (12 Feb 2011, Winnipeg Free Press)
Here are two of the enduring stories of Winnipeggers onboard the Titanic: Mark Fortune was a Winnipeg real-estate millionaire. He was also a former city councillor, a trustee of what is now Knox United Church and an expert curler. He built the 1884 Fortune Block at the corner of Main Street and St. Mary Avenue, now the site of the Times Change(d) club.

Tied To The Titanic (12 Feb 2011, Winnipeg Free Press)
Like something out of a romantic movie, the gold locket opens to reveal sepia-toned portraits of two young English sweethearts, Charles and Adelaide. The century-old heirloom, cherished by a Winnipegger, has a poignant connection to the Titanic, the magnificent steamship that succumbed to the icy Atlantic on its maiden voyage.

Titanic Makes Winnipeg Debut (11 Feb 2011, Global Winnipeg)
Out of the 190 artifacts on display, including pots, men's socks and even a replica first class suite, nine have never been seen before. "As you go to the first class cabin you'll hear symphonic music, as you go downstairs to the machine area, you're hearing the roar of the motor," said Kevin Donnelly, vice President and General Manager of MTS Centre. There is even a local connection as 30 people from Manitoba or immigrating here were aboard the ship. Seven survived.

Historic £2M Refit For Ship Welcomed (10 Feb 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
The SS Nomadic, which ferried first and second class passengers to the Titanic from Cherbourg, returned to Belfast after nearly 95 years in 2006. Now, almost 100 years after she left the Harland and Wolff shipyard, she is the ‘last floating link’ to the Titanic. The Department for Social Development, which owns the Nomadic, has now awarded a £2m contract to carry out restoration on the ship. This project has provided over 25 jobs with at least three more in the pipeline.

City's Titanic Project Relived (9 Feb 2011, Build.ie)
The Titanic will live again in Belfast with news that the City Council is to hold two months of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of gigantic RMS Titanic in east Belfast. Exhibitions, talks, plays and special commemorations all will be part of the 'Titanic 100' programme, which starts on Thursday 31 March and culminates on the centenary of the ship's launch, 31 May.

Titanic Exhibit Hits Home For Strathmore Man (5 Feb 2011, CTV.ca)
A Titanic exhibit has sailed into town, a display that hits home for one Strathmore man. The basement of Ronald Howard's house is filled with military models and memorabilia -- but one corner is dedicated to the Titanic. Items include a boarding pass, a white star liner's mug, and a menu from that fateful night almost 99 years ago. Four of his relatives had tickets for a different ship, a voyage that was cancelled. Instead, they ended up on the Titanic.

Titanic Cash For Maryport Youngsters (3 Feb 2011, Times & Star)
The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £9,400 to allow children from Maryport and district to delve into the town’s links with the White Star Line liner. The youngsters will take up half-term residential places at Keswick. It is part of a project that coincides with next year’s centenary of the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. The Arts Engagement Fund, run by Cumbria Outdoors, has put a further £3,000 into the project.

Titanic Museum Buries Time Capsule (2 Feb 2011, BBC News)
A time capsule has been buried beneath concrete at the site of a new £15m Titanic museum in Southampton. The Sea City Museum will open in 2012 - 100 years after the liner embarked on its ill-fated maiden voyage from the city to New York. The development, at the former magistrates' court, is due to be the focal point of a new cultural quarter. Among items in the capsule is a ticket from Southampton Football Club's FA Cup tie with Manchester United on Saturday.

£2M Deal To Restore Titanic's Ferry (1 Feb 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Harland and Wolff shipyard has won a £2 million contract to help restore the boat which ferried passengers to the Titanic. The money was awarded by the European Union with additional funding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and will primarily cover work associated with the steelwork and superstructure of the Nomadic, which has been in a dock in Belfast since 2006. Work will start on the project immediately and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. It will provide more than 25 jobs and at least three new posts will be created.

Legendary Liner Has New Owner (1 Feb 2011, Wall Street Journal)
It's the latest step in the effort to save the down-on-its-luck supership from the scrap heap. On Tuesday, the preservationist group S.S. United States Conservancy will officially become the owner of the Titanic-sized vessel, buying it for $3 million from cruise-line operator NCL Group, according to both parties. The Wall Street Journal reported the planned sale last year.

MARCH

Council Marks Titanic Centenary (31 Mar 2011, BBC News)
The 'Titanic 100' exhibition will be held at Belfast City Hall until May. It will focus on the construction of the ship through the lens of R J Welch, the official photographer for Harland and Wolff. Belfast City Council will hold two months of events, ending on 31 May, the centenary of the ship's launch. The date of the opening is also significant, as it coincides with the anniversary of the laying of Titanic's keel, on 31 March 1909.

Titanic Violin Surfaces in Time for Centenary (31 Mar 2011, PR Newswire-press release)
A newly published book, The Band That Played On: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner, claims that the violin which band leader Wallace Hartley played as the Titanic sank in April 1912 survived, and may be offered for sale at the time of the sinking's centenary next year. Those close to the project claim that if scientific and historical tests yield a positive result, it will be the most expensive Titanic artifact ever to come onto the market. Tentative plans have been made to send the violin on a world tour ahead of the proposed auction.

Professor Shares Experience Of Exploring Titanic, Sunken Shipwrecks (30 Mar 2011, The Good 5 Cent Cigar)
Ballard said the ocean is often overlooked while searching for history about the world. "There is more history in the deep sea than there is in all of the museums combined" Ballard said. Ballard said that he estimates that there are more than 1 million ships under water. He also said the ocean is important because it acts as a resource for human survival. Ballard said that the ocean contains oil, silver, gold and, the most obvious, fish.

Belfast Makes A Splash For The Centenary Of Titanic's Launch (29 Mar 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Running from March 31 to May 31, the centrepieces of the event, organised by Belfast City Council, are two new exhibitions. The Titanic 100 photographic exhibition opens on the lawns of the City Hall on Thursday and traces the ill-fated liner’s journey from drawing board to slipway-launch. A second exhibition, inside the City Hall, will tell the story of the SS Nomadic, which was also launched in 1911.

Violin Which Played As The Titanic Sank Found After 99 Years (28 Mar 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
According to some reports, Hartley’s violin — a precious gift from his fiancee Maria Robinson — was found strapped to his chest in its case when his body was recovered from the icy Atlantic. But it was never returned to his family and has been missing ever since. Now, in a remarkable twist of fate — and just weeks before the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the famous liner — experts believe they have unravelled the mystery surrounding the violin.

Titanic Exhibition Sails Into Hawick As Anniversary Nears (25 Mar 2011, Borders Today)
Titanic Honour and Glory is at the Teviotdale town’s museum until May 22 in the run-up to next year’s centenary of the tragedy, in which more than 1,500 people died after the steamship hit an iceberg. The exhibition has been voted by the Times newspaper as one of the top five in the UK and has been seen by more than half a million people during his tour of the country.

£5M Fund To Promote NI Tourism (24 Mar 2011, U.TV)
Work is already well underway on the multi-million pound revamping of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, ahead of the centenary of the ship's maiden voyage, with the flagship Titanic building to open. Next year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Belfast Festival at Queen's, while Londonderry will look ahead to being 2013 City of Culture. Launching the DETI and NI Tourist Board funding package, Ms Foster said 2012 will be a year of opportunity.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' Coming To The Grand Rapids Public Museum (23 Mar 2011, The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com)
Premier Exhibitions' “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” will make its Michigan debut, said the museum's spokesperson, Rebecca Westphal, in November in 2012 – the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the vessel's sinking. Historically, the month also is the most turbulent and dangerous for ships on the Great Lakes. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Michigan's infamous shipwreck, sank in a storm on Nov. 10, 1975.

Exhibit info:
November 2012-April 2013
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW
Further information at grmuseum.org

Titanic Descendent From Belfast Shares Artifacts, Family Story (21 Mar 2011,WBIR-TV)
To many Titanic Pigeon Forge visitors, the exhibits are simply pictures and artifacts hanging on walls, but not to Susie Millar of Belfast Ireland. "He's much more than just a name or a boarding pass," says Millar about Thomas Millar who died on the Titanic. "He's a real person." Thomas Millar was Susie's great grandfather. He was an engineer with Hartland & Wolff who helped build Titanic's engine. "There are only a dozen or so families, maybe not even that many in Belfast, who can still claim a connection to the Titanic."

A Bad Note: The Bill Sent To Titanic Violinist Who Played On As The Ship Went Down (20 Mar 2011, stv.tv)
Two weeks later his father, Andrew Hume, received a bill from CW & FN Black, the Liverpool-based firm that hired the musicians, for five shillings and fourpence for alterations to his uniform. A letter from the company specified that the charges were for sewing the White Star Line's badge on his jacket, stitching a new collar on to his tunic, and cleaning and pressing the uniform.

Travel: Titanic, A Disaster To Remember (20 Mar 2011, San Diego Union Tribune)
As this year’s 99th and next year’s 100th anniversaries approach, a growing number of Titanic-related events are on drawing boards. In coming months the 1997 Broadway musical “Titanic” will enjoy a revival by theater groups in the United Kingdom, and the blockbuster 1997 movie directed by James Cameron is due for a new release, this time in 3-D. Much of the original movie was shot at a specially designed studio in Rosarito Beach and in Escondido. More than 22 million people already have seen traveling exhibitions of artifacts taken from the wreck site. One is on view until May 31 in London and another can be seen at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.

A Menu With Real Titanic Servings (15 Mar 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Conor has used local delicacies to recreate the meal served in the exclusive dining saloon the night before 1,517 people lost their lives at sea. His wife Bernie also sourced the ship’s original wine list, which matches glasses of red and white wine to each course. Poached salmon, rosewater sorbet and a Bushmills whiskey soup are just some of the dishes inspired by the historic recipes from the Belfast-built liner.

The Top Secret Mission Behind the Titanic Discovery (15 Mar 2011, Top Secret Writers)
In 1982, Dr. Ballard approached the US Navy for funding to search for the Titanic. His hook, at the time, was the robotic submarine craft that he developed in the early 1980s. He was essentially told that the U.S. Navy had no interest in searching for the luxury liner. However, the Navy did take a keen interest in Ballard’s robotic submarine. So, Ballard and the Navy worked out a deal.

Crowd 'Thrilled Beyond Words' As Titanic Exhibit Opens (14 Mar 2011, Quad City Times)
The Putnam’s Titanic Exhibit opened to the public Sunday, and 762 people showed up during the five hours it was open. Eunice Schlichting, vice president of preservation at the museum, said most people lingered at the iceberg exhibit that was cold to the touch. “It gives you the feeling of what the water temperature was like,” Schlichting said. “You get the feeling of what the people felt like when their whole bodies where immersed.”

The Titanic - 'She Was All Right When She Left Belfast' (13 Mar 2011, Malta Independent Online)
As we drive towards the Titanic Quarter, Colin is engaged in giving us some history about the Titanic and Belfast. We pass the recently completed Odyssey Complex, which houses Imax theatres, an ice rink and a concert arena. “Practically everything in these offices is exactly the way it was back in the early 20th century, when the Titanic was built, right down to the gates we are looking at. It is so easy to imagine how it was in those days”, said Colin, as we stand outside the Harland and Wolff offices.

Titanic 100 Events Planned For 2012 (12 Mar 2011, TheChronicleHerald.ca)
The planned commemorative project will likely include an international conference in metro with Titanic scholars, scientists, researchers and others, the municipality’s special events advisory committee heard. Other happenings in metro are in the works, too, the lead organizer said. Depending on proposed government funding and corporate sponsorships, Ken Pinto said, the Halifax area could host such events as an art exhibit, the unveiling of a memorial, two free concerts, a film symposium and a nighttime vigil with church bells.

Titanic Exhibition To Open At Ulster Museum (8 Mar 2011, Attractions Management)
TITANIC: The Exhibition is to launch at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, County Down, at the end of May to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic. Located in the Holywood attraction's transport galleries, the exhibition is to be unveiled at the same time as TITANIC: The People's Story - located in the outdoor Folk Museum.

The Titanic Uncovered (8 Mar 2011, ABC Online)
To see these images of Titanic, it's breathtaking. At the same time, it's very moving and powerful because looking at the boat deck where you know that people said goodbye to their loved ones is also very powerful. So it's a very sobering experience at the same time. So, you alternate - your emotions are stretched in every way.

Mission To Map The Titanic (4 Mar 2011, Adelaide Now)
Oceanographer David Gallo still can't believe he is leading a team of researchers to map the Titanic in its watery grave. Dr Gallo, who was in Adelaide this week, thought the story about the discovery of the ill-fated liner in 1980 would "die down almost immediately" so he stayed away from it. But last August, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution special projects director led a team on a 20-day expedition to the shipwreck. It was billed as the most scientific mission to the site.

Titanic Survivor becomes Principal of Ames High (4 Mar 2011, my.hsj.org)
Albert Caldwell said in his book, recounting the Sunday night service aboard the Titanic before its sinking. Only two years later would he become principal of Ames High school, staying from 1914 to 1917. The future Ames High administrator boarded the Titanic in Southampton, England as a second class passenger along with his wife, Sylvia and his infant son, Alden. On the night of April 14, 1912 Caldwell and his family were awakened by the ceasing of the engines. They went up on deck to see what was wrong but a sailor told them there was no need for alarm. They returned to bed but later heard a pounding on their door and someone telling them to get on deck with their life belts.


APRIL

The Titanic Sank Into The Depths Of Humankind (30 April 2011, Vancouver Sun)
Belfast was the birthplace of the Titanic, the world's largest, most luxurious liner. Twenty-two Belfast engineers and ship-hands went down with the ship, knowing their "unsinkable" craft carried lifeboats for less than half the people on board. Worse hit was Southampton, which lost 549 men, apprentices and heads of family, who crewed the ship on its maiden voyage. Almost a century later, the port city still pauses to mourn. These are comprehensible, local responses. Less fathomable is the universal appeal of the legend. Children of the 21st century who can name no other ship have heard of Titanic.

Titanic Artifact Exhibition Extended To June 26 (29 April 2011, Winnipeg Free Press)
The run of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the MTS Centre Exhibition Hall has been extended to June 26 by True North Sports & Entertainment. The touring show was to have closed on June 12.

Titanic Tender Marks Centenary (26 April 2011, Belfast Telegraph
At a ceremony in Belfast yesterday a commemorative plaque was unveiled on board the Nomadic to mark the date. Denis Rooney, chairman of the Nomadic Charitable Trust which is restoring the vessel, said: “This is a very special day as Nomadic is celebrating her centenary birthday. “It is nice to honour her as she is the last remaining White Star Line vessel to have survived in the world today.”

An Irishman's Diary (26 April 2011, Irish Times)
No one who was there that day ever forgot what they saw. Tens of thousands of people lined the shores of Belfast Lough in brilliant sunshine to watch RMS Titanic being launched on May 31st, 1911. It was to be another 10 months before it set sail, but that day the city was en fête and in a state of excitement. Tickets were sold for a reserved enclosure at the Albert Quay with the proceeds going to local hospitals. Sightseers swarmed every vantage point from the roofs of coal sheds to the masts of harbour shipping. The dignitaries included JP Morgan, owner of the White Star Line, and the company’s chairman Bruce Ismay.

Titanic's Unknown Child Is Finally ID'd (25 April 2011, msnbc.com )
Though the unknown child was incorrectly identified twice before, researchers believe they have now conclusively determined the child was Goodwin. After his recovery, he was initially believed to be a 2-year-old Swedish boy, Gösta Leonard Pålsson, who was seen being washed overboard as the ship sank.

Belfast's World-Class Tribute To Titanic (25 April 2011, Belfast Newsletter)
Just as it did when it built the world’s greatest cruise liner 100 years ago, Belfast is once again proving a world leader as it celebrates the Titanic legacy. The latest development in the commemorations is the appointment of an organisation to run the flagship building that will form the centrepiece of the ambitious project — turning the once-thriving 185-acre Queen’s Island site into a 400,000-visitors-per-year tourist attraction. The Titanic Belfast building (previously known as the Signature building) will include interpretive centres, exhibition space and conference facilities.

Great Nephew Traces The Story Of The Titanic's Luckiest Survivor (21 April 2011, The Leader - Wrexham & Flintshire news)
Thomas Patrick Dillon was one of the lucky few who went under the water and survived when the ship dubbed ‘unsinkable’ sank 99 years ago this month. His great-nephew, also called Thomas Dillon, of Buckley, has dedicated much of his time to attempting to uncover more information. With his great-uncle being away at sea from a young age, Mr Dillon initially had little insight into his relative’s involvement with the Titanic. “I did everything I could to find out more,” said Mr Dillon, 70. “It took me years to find out stuff about him. “My father always said we had a connection to the Titanic.

Rare 1912 Titanic Plan In Belfast (21 April 2011, BBC News)
The plan, measuring 33ft by 5ft, was drawn by White Star Line architects to assist an inquiry into the causes of the ship's sinking in 1912. Valued at about £250,000, the plan is part of Belfast City Council's Titanic 100 exhibition, marking the centenary of the ship's launch. The plan will be on show from Good Friday until Easter Tuesday. The plan was commissioned to assist the British inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic, headed by Lord Mersey in May 1912.

Titanic Wreckage Being Consumed by Massive Super-Organism (20 April 2011, Geekosystem)
The Titanic has loomed large in the public imagination since her sinking in 1912, bolstered by her rediscovery in 1985, and a certain late-90s film. However, the boat will not be large for much longer, as it is being consumed by metal-munching bacteria. The stalactite-like structures that the bacteria leave behind, called “rusticles,” have been observed since the wreck’s first exploration in 1986. However, these bacteria aren’t working alone. Instead, they have formed a massive colony that functions like a single organism.

Titanic's Forgotten Artisans (19 April 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
They were a group of young Belfast men who built, sailed on and lost their lives on the Titanic and their story has never been told — until now. In the week leading up to the ship's tragic maiden voyage The Guarantee Boys — so-called because some of their number were the most skilled workers at the Belfast shipyard — were selected by designer Thomas Andrews to sail on that ill-fated journey to New York. All nine, including Andrews, died when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, and none of their bodies were ever recovered.

Titanic Exhibit For Grand Rapids Rescheduled To Open In February 2013 (18 April 2011, The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com)
The exhibition of artifacts from the Titanic, originally set to arrive in West Michigan in the fall of 2012, has been rescheduled to come to the Grand Rapids Public Museum three months later. The scheduling change is connected to last Friday's announcement that The Henry Ford in the Detroit-suburb of Dearborn would host “Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition” from March to September 2012.

Arthur Price Recreates Cutlery It Made For Titanic (18 April 2011, HousewaresLive.net)
In April 1912 the employees of Birmingham-based A Price & Co, as the company was then known, were celebrating the business's tenth anniversary with a commission to supply premium quality cutlery for use on board the world's newest and most opulent ocean liner, RMS Titanic. Now, to commemorate the centenary of its fateful maiden voyage, Arthur Price has recreated the Panel Reed cutlery that was used in Titanic's first class accommodation. Each knife features the logo of the ship's owner, White Star Line, on its blade exactly as on the original pieces.

Service Marks Titanic Sinking Anniversary (17 April 2011, BBC News)
The Archbishop of Armagh led the annual memorial service in Southampton to those who lost their lives on the ill-fated liner on 15 April 1912. Relatives of those who died were among the congregation at St Mary's Church. The Titanic Society also took part in a ceremony onboard Blue Funnel's vessel Ocean Scene when a wreath was dropped into Southampton Water.

Revealed: What Really Happened To The Titanic (17 April 2011, Sunday Mercury)
Secrets of the Titanic disaster have been uncovered in a new book – which also reveals the truth about its Midland captain. Researcher Tim Maltin spent two years scouring historical records, eyewitness accounts and transcripts of official investigations into the sinking of the ill-fated liner.
Now Tim has dispelled many myths surrounding the disaster – and uncovered some amazing new facts.

Titanic Artifact Exhibit Coming To The Henry Ford In 2012 (16 April 2011, The Detroit News)
The Henry Ford will bring one of the 20th century's great calamities to the forefront next spring when it hosts "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," opening March 31, 2012, and running through Sept. 20. “We are privileged to bring this extraordinary exhibit to Henry Ford Museum, especially as 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic," Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford, said in a statement.

Tributes Paid To Edgbaston Man William Edward Hipkins Who Died On Board Titanic (15 April 2011, Sunday Mercury
Tributes were being paid to William Edward Hipkins – one of the Midlands’ greatest captains of industry – who died on board the Titanic 99 years ago today. Mr Hipkins, former managing director of Avery Weigh-Tronix in Smethwick, transformed the firm into the largest weighing machine company in the world. The 55-year-old, who lived in Augustus Road, Edgbaston, boarded the ill-fated White Star Liner at Southampton on April 10, 1912 on a business trip to further the company’s success in the US market. But he was among the 1,503 passengers and crew who died when it sank in the early hours of April 15 on its maiden voyage to New York.

Titanic Remembered At Dinner Party (15 April 2011, WKBN/WYFX-TV)
Drakes Landing in Beaver Township set out on a voyage to bring history to their dinner tables. "We were all kind of interested in the idea of it and of course we all wanted to dress up, so it went on from there," said Jessie Bolen, who is a sophomore at South Range High School The restaurant offered the same meals as served on the ships last night, but they took it one step further.  Owners enlisted the help of South Range High school sophomores to entertain. The event turned into a history project for the students. "We had to pick characters.  Like my character is Margaret Brown, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown."  And we had to go and research actual people who were on the Titanic," Bolen said.

Landmark Hermosa: Titanic Anniversary (15 April 2011, Patch.com)
Most of us remember this event through film, such as James Cameron's Titanic, which won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. But there is no one who remembers the catastrophic sinking like the late Hermosa Beach resident Edwina "Winnie" MacKenzie. One of the oldest known survivors of the Titanic, MacKenzie was 27 at the time of the tragedy, according to an archived report from the Associated Press dated April 11, 1982. She died in 1984, but Patch found that she often recalled her experiences on the Titanic in interviews with the media.

Titanic 99th Anniversary Observed (15 April 2011, BBC News)
Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat Convery and John Andrews, president of the Belfast Titanic Society, will lay wreaths at the Titanic Memorial in the City Hall grounds at 1200 BST. Following the wreath-laying, a minute's silence will be observed and prayers will be said

Titanic-Sized Event Set For '12 (15 April 2011, Metro Canada - Halifax)
As the place with the most Titanic graves in the world, Halifax needs to develop its “Titanic heritage,” according to Ken Pinto, an organizer of Titanic 100. On Thursday Pinto released details and launched the website for the Halifax tribute to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic next year. “When you come to Halifax, there’s nothing to see of the Titanic except the wonderful exhibit (at the Maritime Museum) and the graveyards,” he said. Titanic 100 will feature a three-day conference for historians and scientists, as well as wakes, concerts and a film festival.

Smithtown, A History: The Titanic Takes One of Our Own (12 April 2011, Patch.com)
When the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, Smithtown residents lost one of their own. He was 56-year-old James Clinch Smith, a descendant of our town’s founder and brother-in-law of well-known architect Stanford White. According to “Portrait and Biographical Record of Suffolk County, (Long Island) New York” published in 1896, Smith was the son of Judge J. Lawrence Smith. Judge Smith became a county judge in 1858 and his home still exists today on the property of the Smithtown Historical Society.

Liverpool's Part In Titanic Story At The Heart Of New Exhibition (12 April 2011, Liverpool Echo)
A number of people with Liverpool links will have their stories told including J Bruce Ismay, the chairman of the White Star Line who survived the disaster; Liverpool-born chief officer Henry White; Liverpool rubber merchant Joseph Fynney, who died travelling to see his mum in Canada; Fred Fleet, abandoned as a child in Liverpool and who was the lookout who spotted the iceberg, and Fred Clarke, Liverpool member of the ship’s band who all went down with the “unsinkable” Titanic. Meanwhile items on display will include a recently-acquired postcard of the ship with an ‘x’ marked by the Titanic’s second funnel which was the spot where Lady Duff Gordon recalls climbing into a lifeboat, while handwritten on the front is the time and date she was rescued by the SS Carpathia.

A Titanic Undertaking (12 April 2011, Standard Freeholder)
His collection is now the largest in Canada with exhibits that have been hosted at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Nepean Museum in Ottawa as well as the Canada Science and Technology in Museum and with the Titanic International Society in NJ, US. Bourgeron hopes that everyone will come out and enjoy it as much as he does as it will be the final year it will be hosted in Cornwall because a museum ( which cannot be named at this time) has leased the collection for 11 years.

Titanic Collection At Ulster Folk And Transport Museum (12 April 2011, BBC News)
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum has acquired a collection of more than 7,000 items from the Titanic's parent company White Star Line. It includes serving dishes and soap from the Titanic, as well as passenger lists, tickets, playing cards and a steward's menu ideas. The collection will form the basis of an exhibition at the museum to mark the centenary of the Titanic's launch. TITANICa: The Exhibition will be open to the public on 31 May.

Cobh Ceremony Honours Victims Of 'Titanic' (11 April 2011, Irish Times)
Of special note this year was the remembrance of the 11 passengers from Addergoole, Lahardane in north Mayo who lost their lives. Fourteen passengers, of whom three survived, hailed from Addergoole. Children from the Mayo parish participated in the Cobh commemoration and read the names of the 11 parishioners during the service. Christina Burke from the Addergoole Titanic Society in Mayo said the attendance from the parish was a fitting tribute to the 11 who lost their lives.

Titanic And Liverpool: New 2012 Exhibition To Mark Centenary Of Sinking (11 April 2011, Art Daily)
The only known surviving Titanic First Class ticket and other rarely-seen items linked to the disaster will be displayed in Liverpool in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking. The ticket belonged to Reverend Stuart Holden, vicar of St Paul ’s Church, Portman Square , London . His wife became ill the day before the Titanic sailed, forcing him to cancel his voyage. Reverend Holden had the ticket mounted and kept it above his desk until his death in 1934. A compelling new exhibition explores little-known links between Titanic and Liverpool , the city that inspired the biggest ship in the world doomed to be most notorious shipwreck in history.

Extended Run For London's Titanic Exhibition (10 April 2011, MayorWatch)
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition first opened at London’s O2 in November and offers visitors a chance to view recreations of the famous ship’s rooms as well as footage from the Titanic Expedition 2010. Examples of the items on display include samples carried by a perfume maker traveling to New York, china etched with the logo of the White Star Line and a pocket watch belonging to a passenger. The exhibition was originally meant to close on May 1st but will now run until the end of July, spanning the 99th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking on 14th April 2011

Town Aims To Honour Titanic Hero (9 April 2011, BBC News)
A sailor who helped rescue passengers from the Titanic is the subject of a renewed campaign in his home town. Records show Fifth Officer Harold Lowe was in the only lifeboat that went back to the sinking ship to rescue people from freezing waters in April 1912. He was hailed a hero on his return to Barmouth, Gwynedd where it is hoped a plaque will be mounted next year. Mr Lowe's grandson, John Lowe, 68, attended a meeting to discuss hopes for a memorial.

New Book Recounts Life Of Tragic Titanic Musician (8 April 2011, Dumfries and Galloway Standard)
The great-niece of a courageous Dumfries musician who lost his life on the Titanic has written a book on his life. The tragic fate of John Law Hume became inextricably linked to the maiden voyage of the famous White Star ocean liner on April 15, 1912. John and his band refused to abandon the terrified passengers while the RMS Titanic slipped into the icy waters of the north Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg. All eight members perished and John’s body was recovered without a life jacket – a poignant indication that he played to the bitter end.

International Ice Patrol Remembers Titanic Victims (6 April 2011, TheDay.com
The U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol dedicated three wreaths this morning to be dropped near where the RMS Titanic sunk 99 years ago. “Every year we remember and honor those lost with Titanic with a wreath drop near her resting place,” Lt. Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, deputy commander of the International Ice Patrol, said during the brief ceremony outside the unit’s New London offices.

A 'Titanic' Date-Night Disaster: Drowning in Performance Art at the Guggenheim (5 April 2011, New York Observer)
When French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster noticed that the tilted white ramps of the Guggenheim rotunda looked like the decks of an ocean liner, she got an idea. The building "seemed to call for water," she said. But for this dystopian artist, whose most famous piece transformed the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall into a post-apocalyptic London, water meant something dark, sad and epically tragic. So on April 14--the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic--the artist will present a "staged audience experience" in the museum rotunda that simulates the legendary shipwreck through live music, dramatic lighting, installation and "viewer participation." A lifeboat will be suspended from the skylight and young men dressed as stewards will usher visitors onto three of the rotunda's "decks," with history to be played out from there.

Did Joseph Bruce Ismay Dress As A Woman To Flee Titanic? (5 April 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
He's gone down in history as one of the 20th century’s greatest cowards for fleeing the foundering Titanic while women and children were still on board. But a new play premiering in Belfast this week could cast Joseph Bruce Ismay in a new light. The Man Who Left The Titanic tells the tale of the White Star Line owner who escaped the doomed ship on April 15, 1912 by stepping into one of its lifeboats and sailing away from the wreck and its hundreds of dying passengers. The play, which premieres on Saturday as part of Belfast City Council’s two-month Titanic 100 festival, asks whether Ismay simply did what any of us would have done in the same circumstances or should his actions on that night consign his name to infamy.

Editor's Viewpoint: Let's Make Most Of Our Maritime History (2 April 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
If it had not been for the vision of the Harbour Commissioners in committing themselves eight years earlier to building the massive Thompson Dock, it is doubtful if the Olympic, the Titanic or other large vessels could have been fitted out in Belfast. The Thompson Dock and Pump-House, which are important tourist attractions, represented the best in world technology in their time, and they are now part of the Titanic Heritage, as Belfast gears up for the major anniversary next year. The Titanic's tragic end was due to a number of complex factors, but there is no doubt that when she left Belfast she was a tribute to the excellence of our local shipbuilders.

Violin Owned By Colne's Titanic Bandmaster Could Be Sold (2 April 2011, Lancashire Telegraph)
Tests are being carried out on a violin thought to have belonged to Wallace Hartley, who famously played on as the White Star Liner sank in April 1912. And if the instrument turns out to be genuine experts believe it could break the £100,000 record for an artefact from the wreck.


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Titanic Museum Marks 100 Years Of Mystery (31 May 2011, Chattanooga Pulse)
 For the next year, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is planning a series of celebrations of the life of those who sailed aboard the most famous doomed ship to sail.As soon as you walk into the Titanic Museum a costumed crew member tells you of the voyage that started in Southampton, England. He explains how the ship actually made two port calls on the way to open water, and it was at these ports that some passengers were able to send letters, and a Jesuit priest got off after having taken the only pictures of the ship underway with passengers … to survive. Many of these letters and all Father Browne’s photographs can be seen here.

See (The Real) Titanic For $60000 (31 May 2011, CNN)
The $59,680 tab secures a seat on a deep-sea submersible that takes you to the shipwreck, as well as lectures, briefings, meals and accommodations at the port of departure and on board the Akademik Keldysh ship, owned and operated by the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow. (Airfare, taxes or fees are not included.) A total of 20 paid spots are available, which will offset the cost of the Shirshov Institute's scientific research. The firm has already received over 300 "serious inquiries," Sims said. Four trips to the location where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 have been sold so far.

Swedish Businessman Snaps Up Titanic Relic Found In Southport (30 May 2011, Southport Visiter)
A Swedish businessman was today unveiled as the buyer of a cigar box that once belonged to the ill-fated captain of the Titanic. The antique walnut humidor fetched £25,000 at an auction held in Liverpool. Henrik Stuifeergen, who made the winning bid by telephone from his native Stockholm, said the cigar box would now go on display as part of a Titanic exhibition which is travelling around Europe. He said he hoped it could also be put on show in Liverpool eventually.

Titanic' Plan Fetches €250000 At Auction (30 May 2011, Irish Times)
A plan of the RMS Titanic, used in the official inquiry after it sank in 1912, sold for more than £220,000 (€250,000) at an auction in Britain at the weekend. Bought by a private collector, the 32ft plan (10m) raised almost twice its estimated value at an auction of Titanic memorabilia held by Henry Aldridge and Son, Devizes, Wiltshire.

Titanic' Is A Symbol Of The Future In The Docks Of Belfast (29 May 2011, The Independent)
Then in 1985 Titanic was located. "As they forensically examined the wreck," says Chris, "the fundamental conclusion was that there was nothing wrong with the workmanship. The damage done would sink even a modern cruise liner." This verdict helped to revive some of the pride the city had once taken from its association with the ship. And after James Cameron's 1997 weepy released a huge surge of international interest, Belfast was ready to reclaim its dark secret. A catchphrase started appearing on merchandise in the city's souvenir emporia – "She Was Alright When She Left Here."

Villagers Remember Titanic (26 May 2011, Bayside Bulletin)
Having collected a large amount of Titanic memorabilia, Lynden decided to organise a Titanic Day for residents to coincide with the anniversary of its sinking. “The Titanic story has been a hobby of mine for 20-odd years,” Lynden said. “Initially, the story got me in and the more I read, the more fascinating it became. I’ve been to two Titanic exhibitions – one in Chicago in 2000 and one in Melbourne in 2010.

Titanic Building Looks Shipshape As £100M Work Nears Completion (26 May 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
The Titanic Signature Building will be the largest man-made tourist attraction in Northern Ireland’s history, comprising six floors and nine interpretative and interactive galleries, which will tell Titanic’s story from conception to construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and tragic loss. The attraction will also include Northern Ireland’s largest banqueting and conference facility and is funded by the Northern Ireland Executive, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter Ltd.

Cigar Box Belonging To Titanic Captain Sold For £25K To Avid Collector (26 May 2011, Mirror.co.uk)
Captain Edward John Smith’s walnut humidor was sold for £25,000 at auction after being found gathering dust at the Merseyside home of pensioner Hilary Mee. It was bought by Swede Henrik Stuifbergn, 57, a collector of items from the liner – and member of the Swedish Cigar Academy.

Construction At Titanic Belfast In Focus (25 May 2011, Build.ie)
As the building project progresses alongside the River Lagan - close to the site of the ship's launch - the ambitious project has given a preview of the state-of-the-art technology to feature 3D holographic projections, with previously unseen footage and even a shipyard theme ride where visitors will pass through the famous Harland & Wolff gates for a tour of the shipyard as it was in 1911. There will also be interactive exhibitions such as a fly-through of the ship, recreations of Titanic’s sumptuous interiors and a glass floor which surveys Titanic's wreck using previously unpublished images.

£100M Titanic Belfast Building Takes Visitors On Amazing Voyage (24 May 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Opening in April 2012, the £100m structure in the Titanic Quarter, east Belfast, will be the largest man-made tourist attraction in Northern Ireland’s history. The people behind the building believe the “spirit that built Titanic is reborn." Six floors and nine interpretative and interactive galleries tell Titanic’s story from conception to construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and tragic loss. The images reveal the impressive 25,000sq ft entrance hall and a 60ft high wall covered in sheet metal panels similar in size to those used on Titanic’s hull that tourists will walk through.

All Eyes On Titanic Museum Attractions As The 100Th Year Approaches (23 May 2011, eTurboNews)
As the whole world remembers the world’s most famous luxury liner, Titanic Museum Attractions will continue to open the door to the past in it’s one-of-a-kind way – letting “passengers” experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers.

Titanic Artifacts Surface At New Exhibition (22 May 2011, Afloat)
Relics from the Titanic will get their first public airing at an exhibition in Co Down this month.
The Newsletter reports that the new display at Cultra's Folk and Transport Museum - which will be opened on 31 May - comprises 35 items from the doomed ship, including part of the hull, silver and glassware and a number of personal items.

Amateur Radio Society Joins Titanic Commemoration (21 May 2011, Southgate Amateur Radio Club)
The Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society was approached by a group named '1912 the Event' who are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. They wanted a morse code operator for their displays, the first on May 31st from 6.30 to 9.30 pm at Adelaide Arcade, this is 100 years from the launch of the Titanic.

Titanic Plan Used In Inquiry To Be Auctioned (19 May 2011, BBC News)
The plan hung in the hearing room throughout proceedings and is marked in chalk to indicate where the iceberg is thought to have struck the liner. Valued at £100,000, the plan will be auctioned on 28 May in Devizes. The hand-drawn plan of the Titanic was prepared by White Star Line architects for the 1912 British inquiry into the sinking of the ship, just weeks after the disaster.

Update to earlier story about Titanic relics and pieces going up for auction from the Pelligrino Collection
Heritage Pulls 3 Titanic Items From Auction (18 May 2011, Auction Central News)
Three items have been withdrawn from the Americana & Political Memorabilia auction to be conducted by Heritage Auctions on May 21. The items, commonly called "rusticles," are biological formations that developed over the decades on wreckage of the RMS Titanic, but were not originally part of the ship. Heritage is returning the lots to the consignor, Charles Pellegrino.

According to the article, Pelligrino will turn over these 3 items to RMS Titanic, Inc.

Titanic Relics Surface For First Time In Ulster (17 May 2011, Belfast Newsletter)
A number of items recovered from the Titanic will surface for the first time when an exhibition opens in Co Down this month. The new display at Cultra’s Folk and Transport Museum, which marks the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s launch, will feature 35 items from the wreck including a part of the hull, a porthole, silverware, glassware and personal belongings. The artefacts will join some 500 objects from the museum’s own collections.

An Irishman's Diary (14 May 2011, Irish Times)
But the problem is that John Horgan’s apparent demise in the North Atlantic did not merit a single newspaper reference, other than his inclusion in the supposed passenger lists. Nor was he the subject of a compensation claim against the ship’s owners. Nor was any charitable disbursement made in his name from the relief funds set up in the tragedy’s wake. There was no death notice anywhere either. And if the late John Horgan had an estate to administer, there is no trace of related legal action. So it seems fair to assume that, whoever he was, John Horgan was safe on dry land somewhere when the Titanic went down.

Children Raise Titanic’s Awareness With Project  (13 May 2011, Pocklington Post)
It may never be raised from the sea bed, but a project by young schoolchildren has helped raise awareness of the world’s most infamous ocean liner. Youngsters at Mount Pleasant Junior School in Market Weighton have submerged themselves into a topic looking at Titanic, the ship that sank in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York almost 100 years ago. The year 6 pupils have studied the passengers, the different classes, and the fateful evening in 1912 when the liner hit an iceberg and sank less than three hours later with the loss of 1,500 lives.

Holland America’s Westerdam Hits Ice In Alaska (12 May 2011, MSNBC)
Holland America’s 1,916-passenger Westerdam sustained damage after striking a large piece of ice Wednesday while maneuvering through Alaska’s Yakutat Bay, south of Kluane National Park.  “The hull was not breached and the ship continued on its published itinerary as planned,” Holland America said in a statement. The ship was “maneuvering through ice during high winds,” the cruise line said, resulting in a “mild indentation in the hull.” The damage was about 15 feet below the waterline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Piece Of Titanic Up For Auction (9 April 2011, UPI.com)
Update 14 May 2010-Premiere Exhibitions is in discussions with Heritage Auctions about the Titanic piece. It is possible the auction house may be correcting their statement in the near future.

A piece of the hull of the sunken liner Titanic will go up for auction in Dallas, with some of the proceeds earmarked for a charity, auction officials said. Portions of the ship itself, which is strictly protected, are virtually non-existent in the private market but the 4-by-7 inch piece of the hull being auctioned was part of the "crackage" of the great liner, which separated from the vessel as it broke in two and was recovered some distance from the wreck, a release from Heritage Auctions said Monday. The May 21 auction is scheduled to feature relics offered on consignment from Charles Pellegrino. The pieces were sloughed off the historic liner which, although dubbed unsinkable, sank April 15, 1912.

You can read the press release from Heritage Auctions here.

Titanic Captain's Cigar Box Discovered In Liverpool Region (9 May 2011, Click Liverpool)
The walnut humidor carries the distinctive emblem of the White Star Line and bears the monogramme "EJS", the initials of Edward John Smith, master of the ill-fated vessel. It was identified by auctioneer John Crane after he was invited to value a number of antiques for pensioner Hilary Mee at her home on Merseyside. It is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £20,000 at an auction in Liverpool on 19th May.

Titanic Insurer Atlantic Mutual Sinks (May 2011, MarketWatch)
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co. managed to pay out claims when the legendary Titanic passenger liner sank in April 1912, but the insurer couldn’t survive a wave of workers’ compensation claims, industry publication BestWire reported Friday. The company was placed into liquidation and New York’s superintendent of insurance was appointed liquidator on April 27, according to the website of the New York Liquidation Bureau.

Time To Commemorate Leitrim's Forgotten Titanic Victim (4 May 2011, Leitrim Observer)
We know that at least some of the family had already opted to emigrate to America because Matthew Jnr was planning to join his oldest brother, Thomas, in Lakewood, New Jersey. This fact is listed amongst the Titanic records. One thing is certain, Kate did not want her youngest child to leave as so many of his siblings had done so before. She had already buried at least two of her children and the omens were certainly not good for Matthew’s trip.

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Will The Titanic Ever Sink? (28 June 2011, Wall Street Journal-Paid Subscription Req.)
I had been looking forward to coming back to Belfast, a grand old city so it is, so it is, but dear God, I had forgotten about the Titanic. For anyone who, like me, is sick to death of the very name of the vessel, Belfast in 2011 is not the place to be. The Titanic was built here and, 100 years ago, she was launched here. 

Churches In Same Boat (27 June 2011, BBC News)
It outlines a three-point plan for a large boat on the River Lagan which would include a chaplaincy centre, a community hub and a cafe.The venture is being spear-headed by the Reverend Chris Bennett, who was appointed chaplain to the Titanic Quarter in 2009 by the Church of Ireland. "To avoid being identified with one community or another, this shared space will be something radically different to the familiar church buildings of all traditions - a boat moored in the heart of the Titanic Quarter," he said.

A City Of Titanic Appeal: Reclaiming The World's Most Famous Ship (21 June 2011, Daily Mail)
But Belfast, which marked the ship’s baptism this year with a week-long celebration – culminating in this small ceremony on a sunny May afternoon - doesn’t see it quite like that. It used to. For 70 years, Titanic was almost a swear word in these parts as the city turned its back on a black mark against an otherwise proud industrial heritage. But that was before the Eighties, when the first explorations of the newly discovered wreck confirmed human, not mechanical, failings were to blame for history’s most famous maritime tragedy. Since then, the Titanic has become a source of pride once more. It is now the luxurious liner and engineering marvel that was ‘fine when it left here’ – which was never proclaimed to be unsinkable by those who designed her. The most common refrain is that the ship was built by Irishmen and sunk by an Englishman.

Titanic's Last Supper (20 June 2011, The Epoch Times
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s launch on May 31, 1911, the Belfast luxury boutique hotel Rayanne House and its chef de cuisine, Conor McClelland, have recreated Titanic’s last supper with a modern flair. Rayanne House was built in 1883 during a period when Titanic’s millionaire passengers, men like Isidor Straus and Benjamin Guggenheim, were building the fortunes that allowed them to sail in luxury from Southampton to New York on Titanic’s maiden voyage.

Titanic Exhibit Brings The Tragic Story To Life (17 June 2011, Voice of America)
Now the ship’s story has come to life in an exhibit at a Las Vegas hotel. As they enter the exhibit at the Luxor Hotel, each visitor receives a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger aboard the Titanic. They enter the exhibit as if they were boarding the ocean liner on April 14, 1912. They walk past an unadorned third-class cabin before reaching the elegantly-furnished first-class section - considered more luxurious than any hotel of the era.

Titanic Centenary Plans Trimmed (17 June 2011, TheChronicleHerald.ca)
Ambitious plans for a memorial in Halifax next year commemorating the centennial of the Titanic’s sinking have become somewhat less ambitious, the lead organizer said Thursday. Ken Pinto said his Titanic 100 group has trimmed the budget for the remembrance to $710,500 from slightly more than $1 million. Correspondingly, there are fewer events planned for the 2012 commemoration, he said, although it is still to take place over 10 days.

Titanic Quarter Regeneration Wins Top Award (13 June 2011, Insideireland.ie)
However, the focal point of the development is the iconic £97m Titanic Belfast visitor attraction. It is the North’s largest ever tourism project and is expected to attract up to 400,000 visitors per year when it opens in April 2012. Over 2,000 people have been involved working in the development, across 80 different companies and over 20,000 new jobs are anticipated upon completion.

Images Including The Titanic Are Transforming Waterloo Eyesore (9 June 2011, Crosby Herald)
Artwork has started on seven giant murals that will brighten up an eyesore along Waterloo’s marina. The giant piece of art, depicting the Titanic, has been created on the side of the first of seven cocoa sheds at the site. It also shows the Five Lamps memorial and the old overhead railway. They will depict historical icons and landmarks linked to the area from the 20th century. The murals are being designed by art graduate Kathryn Wilson, from Waterloo, and Natalie McGahan, a muralist from St Helens.

Zeppelin Returns 74 Years After Hindenburg (7 June 2011, phillyBurbs.com)
When the Hindenburg Zeppelin — an airship just 78 feet shorter than the Titanic — exploded above Lakehurst, N.J., in 1937, it seemed to mark the end of slow floating luxury cruises amid the clouds. Zeppelin wouldn’t build another commercial airship for 60 years, and such a craft wouldn’t appear in the skies above Lakehurst until just this week. Operator Airship Ventures said its visit to the East Coast is part of a national tour. Someday, the company said it hopes to acquire a second airship from Zeppelin, allowing for regular flights on both sides of the continent.

Belfast Distillery Releases Whiskey To Commemorate Titanic Launch (7June2011, BigHospitality.co.uk)
Titanic Irish Whiskey is the first new whiskey brand to be produced in Belfast since the last distillery closed 75 years ago and will be available in 5 Year and 10-Year-Old versions. The whiskey was officially launched in Belfast on 31 May 2011, the 100th anniversary of the launch of the ill-fated liner from the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which was witnessed by more than 100,000 people.

Searching The Graveyard Of The Atlantic For WW2's Lost Ships (4 Jue 2011, Irish Weather Online)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which recently participated in a dive to the Titanic, will lead a summer research expedition to locate and study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic [1], specifically the Battle of Convoy KS-520. The shipwrecks are located in an area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” which includes sunken vessels from U.S. and British naval fleets, merchant ships and German U-boats.

Unseen Pictures Of Titanic On 100Th Year Of Launch (PHOTOS) (2 June 2011, International Business Times)
“The wreck site of Titanic is a powerful, tangible link to the events of April 15, 1912, and very much a reminder of those who built, launched, sailed on, died on, or survived the sinking. A hundred years later, their stories still have relevance and speak to us from the depths through their personal effects and the power of archaeology,” James Delgado, director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Maritime Heritage Program, said in a statement. NOAA wants to ensure that the memorial, historical, archaeological and scientific values of Titanic is preserved for future generations while sharing the story and images of the wreck with the public, it said.

The Titanic Love Story That Caused A Rift In My Family (2 June 2011, Irish Independent)
Tom and Hannah must have been among those who dashed towards the lifeboats, and Hannah managed to win a place on one of the last to be launched before the Titanic turned on her nose towards the ocean floor. She reached New York safely, on board the rescue vessel the Carpathia, and was taken in by the nuns. Tom's daughter was born five months later: little Marion O'Brien, a Titanic baby. Tom died, either by drowning or hypothermia in those icy waters, and his body was never recovered; or if it was fished out, it was not identified. This was far from unusual.

Rogers Middle School Students Embark On 'Titanic' Study (2 June 2011, Your Houston News)
In May, teachers Lauren Beckworth, Leslie Erwin, Rebecca Ochoa and Georgeann Wright launched a unit study based on the ill-fated “Titanic,” which sank on April 15, 1912, during its maiden voyage. Each student received a boarding pass with the name of a real passenger and a designated desk in first, second or third class areas of each classroom. The only catch? The middle school seafarers had to wait until the end of the study to learn their fate. To complete the theme, teachers decked the hallway with ocean waves, hung photos of the “Titanic’s” luxurious cabins and grand staircase in classrooms and sported ankle-length dresses and wide-brimmed hats.

It's A Titanic Price At Devizes (2 June 2011, Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
A plan of the doomed liner Titanic sold for £220,000 at a Devizes auction on Saturday – twice its estimate. The huge drawing, which was used at the public inquiry into the 1912 sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ liner, was expected to fetch between £100,000 and £120,000. But when auctioneer Alan Aldridge brought down the hammer on the unique item, it is thought to have become the single most valuable artefact connected with the disaster. The plan was bought by a private buyer, whose name has not been given, but who may exhibit it in future.

New Titanic In Lancashire Museum To Open In Colne (1 June 2011, Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
Maritime enthusiast Nigel Hampson is putting the finishing touches to the Titanic in Lancashire Museum. Located in the old Colne Grammar School, off Albert Road, the museum will tell the story of the Titanic through models, photographs and documentary films. Visitors will be able to read all about the doomed White Star Liner in the museum’s reference library. And they will have a chance to get a close-up look at fittings identical to those seen on the Titanic – from its sister ship the RMS Olympic.

100th Anniversary Of Titanic Launch Marked (1 June 2011, Irish Echo)
During Tuesday’s service, a flare was set off at 13 minutes past mid-day, the exact time of the launch a century ago. Speaking at the event, the Reverend Chris Bennett, chaplain of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter development on the site of the former Harland & Wolff dock yards, said for the last 100 years Titanic had not often been mentioned. “It’s been our shame, our secret,” he said. “We’ve almost had a hundred-year moment of silence, so really we’re trying to rediscover the pride today.”

Single Flare Shot In The Air Marks Anniversary Of A Titanic Moment (1 June 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
As the sun shone through the cloud-scattered sky, a single flare shot up into the air. With a loud crack it exploded in a shower of sparks. It was exactly 12.13pm and an anniversary 100 years in the waiting was marked. At the same time in 1911, 150,000 people had lined the sides of the Victoria Channel in east Belfast to watch the Titanic being launched into the sea for the first time. Back then the event was the culmination of more than two years of hard work. Tickets were sold to members of the public, bandstands were erected and the world’s Press was there to watch the largest man-made moving object make it first journey.


JULY

Titanic Trail: Voyage Of Discovery In Belfast (29 Jul 2011, Daily Mail)
'This,' as Chris put it, 'is where the Titanic dream began.' The present-day dankness and decay came from almost a quarter of a century of abandonment. The once-mighty Harland and Wolff, shipyard of legend, has shrunk from 40,000 workers to just 300; the massive gantries that towered above Titanic and her sister ship Olympic long gone.

Explorer Who Discovered Titanic Sets Sights on Ancient Ruins (28 Jul 2011, MyFox Detroit)
Ballard said Thursday that his latest deep-sea venture will send crews combing through the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean seas for artifacts from ship wrecks and ancient civilizations. His research vessel, the E/V Nautilus, set out from a port in Turkey last week on a four-month mission that will use four remote-operated vehicles and sonar technology to explore lost cities, as well as hydrothermal vents and undersea volcanoes.

Titanic Historian And Author Shares Knowledge In Pigeon Forge (28 Jul 2011, WBIR-TV)
Lee Merideth turned his hobby into a second career as a Titanic historian and has written two books about the famous ship. "I have one that's a complete history. It's chronological. Covers everything from the time they decided to build Titanic until they found the wreck in 1985," he said. "The second book is called 'Titanic Names' and it's the list of all 2,200 people who were on the ship and it tells if they survived and where they lived, where they were going, who they traveled with."


Forgotten Titanic Teen To Get Headstone (27 Jul 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Samuel Scott (15) was the first person connected with the tragic vessel to die after he fell on the construction site. His body has lain in an unmarked grave in Belfast City Cemetery but a new headstone will be unveiled on Saturday. It follows the publication of a book, Spirit Of The Titanic, which used the teenager as the main character in a children's story about the voyage.

Nomadic Will Miss The Boat For Titanic Centenary (26 Jul 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
However, as the clock ticks down towards April 2012, concerns have been raised that officials may have missed the boat in terms of maximising the opportunity. Major work on a new bridge and upper deck superstructure is due for completion next March, but interior refurbishment, which will include a museum and a gift shop, is not expected to be finished until the end of June. This means much of what could be a major tourist attraction will be off-limits for curious visitors.

£3M To Revamp Titanic Tender Vessel SS Nomadic (25 Jul 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Chairman of the lottery fund committee in Northern Ireland Ronnie Spence said: "The project will enable people to see, hear and experience what life was like in the famous Harland and Wolff docks during 1911, and with the world's last remaining link to Titanic and sole-surviving White Star Line vessel taking centre stage, the SS Nomadic will provide a unique and authentic offering for visitors to the Titanic Quarter." A total of £3.25 million from the lottery fund will be directed towards the overhaul.

Titanic Shipwreck Replica Will Soon Leave Branson (19 Jul 2011, KY3)
In director James Cameron's 1997 film, "Titanic," you'll see haunting scenes of the ship lying on the ocean floor.  It's not the actual Titanic, which is 2 1/2 miles below the surface.  "It was very kind of him to let us display her," said First Class Maid Jaynee of the Titanic Museum. It's a model currently sitting in the museum here.  Cameron has let the museum display the model since its opening in 2006.

Trio Creates Documentary About The Titanic (18 Jul 2011, Patch.com)
Trevor, Nicole and Michael created their own digital film about the movie “Titanic.” They obtained information about how the movie was made, along with some historical facts, and filmed a documentary explaining what “Titanic” was about and how filmmakers made the movie.  The project took two months to complete, the group said, and included a poster describing exactly what was done.

Celebrations Look Set To Spark A Titanic £40M Boost For Tourism (18 Jul 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Year long Titanic celebration events are expected to help generate an extra £40m for the economy in 2012. The Business Barometer survey by Close Invoice Finance found around 31% of Northern Ireland companies expect the year-long festival to increase sales and productivity and improve the economy. The survey found that, of those who expected to benefit from the Titanic centenary celebrations, half saw opportunities to increase sales.

Titanic Artefacts Go On Display For First Time (13 Jul 2011, The Guardian)
When the sleek new extension to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich opens its doors on Thursday, among the new displays will be a shining gold watch. It may look as if it has never been anywhere more troubling than an expensive waistcoat pocket, but the scruffy brown paper label, neatly inscribed "Jacob Birnbaum No 148", reveals the truth. The watch bears witness to the loss of a young life on board the Titanic in April 1912, and the family that never forgot him. The body tag, the watch and the photograph of its sweet-faced owner are among many objects the museum has never had space to display before, on view in the Voyagers gallery in the new Sammy Ofer wing.

For A Night Each Year, The Airwaves Buzz With Morse Code (13 Jul 2011, Deseret News)
It has been a little more than a decade since the last of the nation's commercial Morse code radio stations officially went off the air, as new technology sank a system that had been a lingua franca of maritime communication since before the Titanic. But like transmissions that continue to travel through the cosmos long after their original senders are gone, there are some things that refuse to die. And on Tuesday, several outposts of Morse code blazed to life again, if only for a night, with the help of a group of enthusiasts bent on preserving what they call "the music of Morse," one key tap at a time.

Was Bare Hull Titanic’s Sister Ship? (12 Jul 2011,Shields Gazette )
Well I suggested that it might have been one of the incomplete aircraft carriers that were built up river during the Second World War – but then the dates would have been wrong. Much more likely, it turns out, is the suggestion by readers Dennis Maccoy, Jim Allen and Ray Collins, was that what we were actually looking at was the sad hulk of the great ocean liner Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic.

Titanic Hero Memorial In Godalming To Be Restored (11 Jul 2011, BBC)
Phillips Memorial Park, in Godalming, is to receive £335,000 from the National Lottery for the restoration. "Godalming is justifiably proud of Jack Phillips," said Councillor Roger Steel. "He was an incredibly brave man and it is right that he should be remembered today. "How appropriate it is, as we approach the 100th anniversary, that we can look forward to this exciting project which will be enjoyed by so many of Godalming's residents and visitors."

Big Crowds Take Last Tour Of Putnam Titanic Exhibit (10 Jul 2011, Quad City Times)
Alex Gross, 10, of Moline barely made it into the last group of people to see “Titanic: The Artifact Tour” on Sunday at the Putnam Museum in Davenport. In fact, he was the last one to make it through the doors before the exhibit ended its Quad-City stay. Gross and his mother, Juliet Hunt, were among the more than 1,000 people who made their way through the doors on the exhibit’s last day here. “He has drawn it, painted it, built it with Legos, everything you can think of,” Hunt said of her son’s Titanic obsession. “He has one book at his school library that he’s checked out probably five or six times.”

Relative Discovers Titanic Captain's Telescope In The Attic (8 Jul 2011, Click Liverpool)
The brass eyepiece, kept in an old whisky bottle box, bears the name "Edward John Smith" who was the master of the ill-fated ocean liner that sank in 1912. It also carries an engraved image of the Titanic's sister ship - RMS Olympic - which Smith commanded for ten months. The three-foot long spyglass was identified by auctioneer John Crane after he was invited to value artefacts belonging to a distant relative of Captain Smith. It is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Cato Crane Auction Rooms in Liverpool on 28th July.

Aboard A Submarine, Exploring Lake Geneva's Own Forgotten Little Titanic (7 Jul 2011, Worldcrunch)
“Look, over there you can see the steering wheel,” Petko says. With the help of a compass, ultrasonic localization and GPS data, Petko maneuvers the MIR closer to what was once the steamer Rhône. It collided with another vessel, the Cygne, on a stormy November night in 1883, piercing a huge hole in the side of the Rhône which sank within minutes. The Cygne was able to return to Ouchy, in Lausanne, some 20 minutes after the catastrophe. Eleven passengers and three crew members lost their lives in the accident. 

Titanic Cruises To Mark 100Th Anniversary Of Disaster At Sea (6 Jul 2011, Los Angeles Times)
At least two ships next year will embark on itineraries to mark the 100th anniversary of the renowned ship's maiden voyage in April 1912, when it struck an iceberg and sank into the depths of theAtlantic Ocean, killing more than 1,000 people.  Britain-based Miles Morgan Travel recently announced its second cruise re-creating the historic voyage.


AUGUST

Titanic Victims' Relatives Gather In Wokingham (31 Aug 2011, Wokingham Times)
Memories were shared when ancestors of those who were caught up in the Titanic tragedy gathered in Finchampstead last week to share family experiences. Members of the National Trust Supporters Group welcomed guest speaker Phillip Littlejohn to its meeting at Finchampstead Memorial Hall in The Village on Thursday, August 25, to discuss the doomed ship’s maiden voyage.

Titanic Exhibit Sailing To Regina (31 Aug 2011, Montreal Gazette 
The science centre announced Wednesday that what it calls “the blockbuster exhibit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” will open Oct. 1. The travelling display will have more than 100 artifacts recovered from the ship’s debris field beneath the North Atlantic, where it sank in April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1,500 people died in the tragedy, which, as the science centre’s executive director, Sandy Baumgartner, said in a news release, “has always fascinated people.”

Behind The Scenes At Our Iconic Tribute To Titanic (30 Aug 2011, Belfast Newsletter)
According to Noel Molloy, the man who is tasked with the mammoth responsibility of overseeing the Titanic Belfast project, once you come to visit the finished exhibition, you’ll be there “for anywhere between two hours and two days - literally.” And having been fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the work in progress at Titanic Quarter, I can confirm he isn’t lying.
 
Titanic Captain Smith Statue Hanley Move Campaign (26 Aug 2011, BBC News)
A campaign has been started to get a statue of the captain of the Titanic moved to his home town of Hanley. The monument to Captain Edward John Smith currently stands in Beacon Park in Lichfield.
It was reportedly put there in 1914 because authorities in Stoke-on-Trent refused the statue, not wishing to be associated with the perceived disgrace. Now a local man has appealed to councillors to get it moved to the city centre, where Captain Smith was born.

Belfast Trip A Titanic-Sized Eye-Opener (22 Aug 2011, The New York Irish Emgirant)
Personally, I have to admit that Belfast was never on my list of places to see in Ireland. Its sad history of dark days meant it never resonated as a welcoming or safe place. The actual experience, though, was far from what I and other attending journalists had envisioned. To a person we agreed that Belfast was fascinating. Its people are warm and welcoming, and any visitor would feel totally at ease getting into the rhythms of the city.

Norfolk Judge Awards Rights To Titanic Artifacts (16 Aug 2011, The Virginian-Pilot)
Essentially ending one of the area's longest-running cases, a federal judge Monday granted title to thousands of artifacts from the doomed Titanic cruise liner to the company that plucked them from the ocean floor during six expeditions. The long-awaited decision by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith means that RMS Titanic Inc. will own more than 3,000 Titanic artifacts but with the condition that they be maintained forever. They could be sold but only under limited conditions.

(Editor's note: You can comment on this decision by going to our blog.)

Local Diver Shares Mysteries Of The Deep (13 Aug 2011, Patch.com)
He began by asking the audience what famous shipwrecks they knew of, and he got back answers including Titanic, and Lusitania. He brought up a more famous local shipwreck, the Morro Castle, saying that he thought this shipwreck which took the lives of 137 individuals was much more fascinating than that of more well known shipwrecks like the Titanic.

The Tiny Submarines That Will Take Tourists To The Bottom Of The Ocean (8 Aug 2011, Daily Mail)
He once promised to send man to outer space and now entrepreneur and daredevil Richard Branson is turning his attention to another of the world's greatest undiscovered surfaces, in the shape of the sea floor. The Virgin owner, together with director James Cameron and Internet mastermind Eric E.Schmidt are investing in the latest sea craft with the intention of plunging to depths previously unseen for man. Developers Triton have already created their own craft and the company's president Patrick Lahey revealed the host of discoveries that could soon be made including a close view of where the Titanic collapsed at the bottom of the ocean.

Stephenville Crossing Resident Builds Replica Of Famous Ship (8 Aug 2011, Stephenville Georgian)
This Stephenville Crossing resident kept himself active through the past several months by building a replica of the Titanic, the passenger liner that famously struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank in 1912. “I started last September and I finished it about two weeks ago,” said Karl. “Starting off is the worst – the keel is a lot of work. But it comes up slowly and it’s a good pastime.” The project took him more than 450 hours to complete, and the finished model measures almost 13 feet in length and about five feet in height. To get many details as accurate as possible, Karl studied a framed print of the Titanic and a magazine filled with photos and descriptions of the ship.

Titanic Victims Honored With A Watery Memorial (7 Aug 2011, NPR)
The fountain sits very close to the White House. In fact, the only buildings closer are security booths. So, it's clear that whoever these men were, they must have been really important people. But if you're trying to figure out exactly what they did to end up memorialized on such prime real estate, you have to do a little detective work. There are two figures carved into the marble. One holds a paint brush, the other holds a sword.

Fancy A Trip To See The Titanic? Super-Subs Will Take Tourists To The Bottom Of The Sea (7 Aug 2011, The Guardian)
Soon the abyss, and the strange denizens that inhabit its stygian depths, will be filled with packs of tiny submarines piloted by hedge-fund managers and venture capitalists. Among those who have already shown keen interest, either in funding or buying super-submersibles, are film director James Cameron, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

Commemorative Titanic Cruise To Dock At Cobh, 100 Years On (7 Aug 2011, Irish Independent)
The memorial voyage will set sail from Southampton on April 8, 2012, for a 12-night cruise on board the MS Balmoral. The cruise will follow Titanic's original itinerary, passing by Cherbourg on the French coast before calling into Cobh. From Cobh, the ship will sail across the Atlantic, arriving at the Titanic site on April 14/15, exactly 100 years after the ill-fated voyage. A special memorial service will be held to pay tribute to the brave passengers and crew who perished on that fateful night.

Unseen Artefacts From The Titanic On Show At Dockyard (6 Aug 2011, Kent News)
Rare and unseen artefacts salvaged from the Titanic are being displayed in a moving exhibition at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. Titanic Honour and Glory, voted as one of the top five exhibitions in the country, features emotive objects belonging to passengers and crew who were onboard the doomed vessel. China dinner plates, which served the first meals aboard the ship, a fountain pen belonging to the captain, silverware, letters, linen and the crew’s possessions, including an 18 karat gold pocket watch, which was owned by a-la-carte waiter Vincenzo Gilardino, a teddy bear belonging to an engineer, and a fur coat of one of the survivors, will be on display.

Expert To Return To Titanic To Capture Photos For Irish Exhibit (4 Aug 2011, Irish Central)
Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who first discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, will travel more than two miles into the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to capture new images of what is left of the ship--to be put on display at a new Belfast visitor attraction. Dr. Ballard will film the crushed stern area that broke apart from the ship when it sank in 1912, and the footage will be used in the Belfast's Titanic Signature Project.

J Bruce Ismay: Doomed The Moment He Jumped Ship (3 Aug 2011, Telegraph.co.uk )
Thirty minutes later, those few who had been allocated places in the half-empty boats now rowing away from the sinking ship watched, mesmerised, as the she turned on her nose and made her final plunge, taking with her 1,500 people. “I know it must have been the most extraordinary sight I shall ever be called upon to witness,” one survivor recalled. Ismay, however, with his back to the scene, kept his eyes fixed on the distance. “I did not wish to see her go down,” he later confessed. “I am glad I did not.”

(TNC note: The author, Frances Wilson, has written a book How to Survive the Titanic: The Sinking of J Bruce Ismay which the article is drawn from.)


SEPTEMBER

Firm's Art With Glass Wins Titanic Dome Deal (29 Sept 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
A Londonderry company is celebrating after winning a contract to replicate part of Belfast's best-known feat of engineering. Art Glass, based at Skeoge Business Park and run by husband and wife team Philip and Sinead Coyle, saw off fierce competition to make a replica of the glass dome which once adorned the main stair case of RMS Titanic. The piece will be incorporated into the Titanic signature building in Belfast. Being produced for Harcourt Construction - the site's design and build contractors - the dome is believed to be the biggest new decorative dome designed in this part of the world since Victorian times.

Premier Exhibitions Announces Strategic Restructuring (29 Sep 2011-MarketWatch-press release)
Premier's business will be divided into an exhibition management subsidiary and a content subsidiary. The content division will be the Company's existing subsidiary, RMS Titanic, Inc. ("RMST"), which holds all of the Company's rights with respect to the Titanic assets and is the salvor-in-possession of the Titanic wreck site. These assets include title to all of the recovered artifacts in the Company's possession, in addition to all of the intellectual property (video, photos, maps, etc.) related to the recovery of the artifacts and research of the ship. In addition, all of Premier's collection and curatorial staff will be employed by the RMST subsidiary.

Divers Set Sights On Silver-Laden WWII Ship (26 Sep 2011, New York Times)
In 1941, a Nazi torpedo tore a hole in a British merchant ship carrying a fortune in silver to England from India. The ship was part of a convoy headed for Liverpool, but it went down about 300 miles southwest of Ireland, disappearing in icy waters nearly three miles deep, deeper than the resting place of the Titanic. Now, divers say they have found the wreck intact and they estimate its cargo at up to 240 tons of silver — a trove worth more than $200 million. They plan to recover it this spring.

Southampton's Maritime Museum To Close Doors (24 Sep 2011, Daily Echo
Southampton’s Titanic Museum will open its doors for the last time tomorrow ahead of the opening of the city’s new £15m Sea City Museum. As previously reported, The Grade I-listed Wool House, which has housed the city’s Maritime Museum for the past 45 years, is being sold off by Southampton City Council to become a pub, café, restaurant or gallery under a commercial lease.

Theft Of Titanic Necklace End Of An Era (22 Sep 2011, SheKnows.com)
The legendary Titanic's artifacts are still on display today in special shows that educate about the ship, its passengers and the importance of preserving history. Danish police are puzzled as to how one of the artifacts could have been stolen from a showcase on display.

Titanic To Be Honoured By 'Little Girl Giant' (22 Sep 2011, Place North West)
The council is currently working with French street theatre company and marionette experts Royal De Luxe on plans to bring its puppet, known as Little Girl Giant, to Liverpool, which has appeared in the UK once before in front of 1.5m people in London at the Sultan's Elephant event in 2006. A similar event was held in Liverpool during its year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 when a 50 foot puppet spider, La Machine, drew thousands to the city.

Bid To Resore Titanic Musician's Plaque In Eastbourne (22 Sep 2011, BBC News)
An Eastbourne man is trying to raise money to restore a plaque dedicated to a musician who died on the Titanic. John Wesley Woodward, who lived in the town, was playing cello for the Titanic's orchestra the night it sank. Peter Goldsmith is fundraising to have the memorial restored. "Apart from helping the ladies and children into the lifeboats, he stayed on the deck and he played with the orchestra until the ship went down," said Mr Goldsmith. A plaque in Mr Woodward's honour has been displayed at the Eastbourne Bandstand on the seafront for nearly 100 years.

Titanic Necklace Stolen From Danish Amusement Park (21 Sep 2011, Christian Science Monitor)
Park spokesman Torben Planks says the alarm did not sound when the jewelry disappeared Saturday morning. "The showcase has not been broken into and the alarm didn't go off," Plank said, adding police were investigating the theft. "It is pretty embarrassing." A €1,000 ($1,380) reward has been offered for information leading to the retrieval of the necklace. Exhibition owner Luis Ferreiro said the necklace has an insurance value of €14,000 ($19,300) but he doubted it could be sold because it is known internationally.

Titanic Plaque Campaigner Is Chasing Funds (21 Sep 2011, Eastbourne Today)
A campaign to restore a plaque commemorating the life of an Eastbourne-based musician who died aboard the Titanic is fast gathering pace. John Wesley Woodward played cello in the ship’s orchestra and was part of the outfit which famously played while the ship sank into the icy waters, claiming the lives of 1,517 people on April 15, 1912. And, with the 100th anniversary of the disaster fast approaching, Eastbourne man Peter Goldsmith is busy trying to gather funds to restore the seafront memorial.

A Titanic Anniversary: Pigeon Forge Attraction Plans Commemorations (20 Sep 2011, The Mountain Press)
As they prepare for the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s first and only voyage, the folks at the Titanic Museum Attraction are making some huge plans to honor a ship that still looms large in popular culture. In remembrance programs that will stretch through several months, culminating in a big event on the actual date — April 15 — when the ship sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic. That dramatic ceremony will involve descendants of those who were on Titanic and the lighting of an eternal flame in memory of that fateful night.
Titanic Wreck Tours Offered To Mark Disaster's Centenary (20 Sep 2011, New Zealand Herald)
If you can't quite afford the US$200,000 (NZ$243,962) ticket to space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, how about US$59,680 to dive down to the Titanic, which lies 3810m below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean? The latest exotic expedition for the moneyed traveller is being organised for next year, the centenary of the Titanic disaster. Passengers will descend to the Titanic's hulk two-by-two, aboard a three-person Russian Mir submersible. Organised by the American company Deep Ocean Expeditions (DOE) in association with the Shirov Institute of Oceanography in Moscow, the project is represented in Australia by Adventure Associates of Sydney.

Necklace From Titanic (The Ship, Not The Movie) Stolen In Denmark (19 Sep 2011, Los Angeles Times)
The stolen necklace, valued at about 14,000 euros or $19,200, likely belonged to passenger Eleanor Widener, who survived the sinking of the ship, according to Musealia, which owns the exhibit and its artifacts. Musealia has offered a $1,000 reward for information about the missing necklace.

'Unsinkable' Artifacts Sail To Local Museum (17 Sep 2011, Famuan )
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science transports its visitors through the construction of the Titanic, as well as chronicles its sinking nearly 100 years ago.  "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" is a worldwide traveling exhibit featuring well-preserved objects like leather shoes, chandeliers, floor tiles, hairpins, plates and toothbrushes. Chief Operating Officer Trish Hanson said the exhibition opened on Sept. 2. Tallahassee is the last stop before it travels around the country in celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.

Replica Of Third-Class Cabin Added To Museum's Titanic Exhibit (8 Sep 2011, The Herald-Mail)
The cabin replica was unveiled Thursday morning as the newest addition to the Titanic exhibit on the first floor of the museum on Washington Street in Hagerstown. Built by master model builder Norman Little from Waynesboro, Pa., the cabin has two double bunks, a mirror in the middle and curtains on each bed, with coat hangers at the foot of the bunks. A suitcase was on the floor of the cabin, with two sweaters on the coat hangers to simulate the room being occupied.

Cork Committee Seeks 2M For 'Titanic' Events (2 Sep 2011, Irish Times)
A special committee in Cobh is seeking €2 million for commemorative events to mark the sinking of the Titanic next year. The plans include a memorial garden to contain two legacy projects, a glass wall depicting the Titanic at anchor in Cork Harbour and a stone from the garden of a house once owned by Bruce Ismay, former chairman of the White Star line.

Human Tragedy Palpable In Enduring Titanic Artifacts (1 Sep 2011, Tallahassee Democrat -blog)
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A Rare Titanic Adventure (1 Sep 2011, Montreal Gazette)
From there, a high-tech capsule called the Mir (similar to the one James Cameron used in making the movie Titanic), will take guests, two at a time to a depth of about 4,000 metres beneath the Atlantic Ocean to see the wreckage. There are three opportunities next July to go on this trip, priced at around $60,000, for the two week trip.


OCTOBER

Rare Titanic First Class Deck Plan Sold For £33000 (30 Oct 2011, Liverpool Echo)
A rare Titanic first class deck plan belonging to a wealthy New York couple who drowned at sea has sold at auction for £30,000. It is thought to be only one of three in existence and was in the hands of a private collector since Ms Bird’s death in 1949. Despite the deck plan’s age and fragile condition, the delicate document has remained in one piece. Other top sellers included the first class D deck toilet keys, which made £43,000, and the SS Birma log archive documenting the final signals Titanic sent, selling for £32,000. A Titanic stamp booklet made £33,000 and three unpublished images of Titanic’s launch sold for £25,000.

Raising The Titanic At Paramount Theme Park (29 Oct 2011, The Leader Newspaper Online)
 The legend of Titanic is rising from the murky depths of history and will be on show at the new Paramount Theme Park to open in 2015. Obviously, this will not be the original ship, but a full size replica is being built at the theme park, where visitors can indeed travel back in time and keep the memory of the soon to be lost ship afloat. The park will open for 282 days of the year from 10am-10pm, and will consist of 7 hotels and over 30 themed rides, of which Titanic will be a star attraction in the “Adventure City”, along with others like a roller coaster representation of the film The Italian Job, and a “virtual reality” experience of Mission Impossible.

Historically Significant Titanic Archive Brings 100 570 At Philip Weiss Auctions (27 Oct 2011, News-antique.com-press release)
 A historically significant and museum-quality archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner the HMS Titanic -- consigned by direct descendants of a couple that were rescued when the ship went down the morning of April 15, 1912 -- sold for a staggering $100,570 at a weekend estate sale conducted Oct. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

Titanic Victim Sent Last Message In Bottle (26 Oct 1011, Belfast Telegraph)
Jeremiah Burke didn't have time to write a lengthy farewell. In the early hours of April 15, 1912, as the Titanic sank into the North Atlantic, a 19-year-old from Glanmire, in Cork, put his short note into a holy water bottle given to him a few days earlier by his mother at the quayside in Cobh and threw it overboard. "From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork," it simply said. The teenager drowned along with 1,517 others.

Son In Step With Titanic Memory (25 Oct 2011, BBC News)
John Flynn's grandfather, also called John, was a joiner who worked on the original staircase. It was one of the most spectacular sights on board the most famous ship to sail from Belfast. However, Mr Flynn did not talk about the staircase often. His grandson said: "I think at that time the workers would have felt deflated and let down to see their craftsmanship at the bottom of the sea."

Auctioned Photos Show The Salvage Of The Titanic (24 Oct 2011, Popular Photography Magazine)
Earlier this month, auction house Weiss Auctions sold of an incredible lot of memorabilia from the disaster, including the photos above and below.  Pegged at being worth between $50,000 and $75,000, the price was realized but not disclosed, and the archive came from the descendants of two survivors of the wreck, John and Nelle Pillsbury Snyder. The pair were quick to evacuate while others didn't believe the seriousness of the situation, and so were on one of the early life boats which was not fully loaded with passengers.

Unique Titanic Memorabilia To Go Under The Auctioneers Hammer (24 Oct 2011, Art Daily)
Henry Aldridge and Son are holding their latest auction of Titanic and White Star Line memorabilia on October 29th at their Devizes auction rooms. After the success of the auctioneers last auction in May with the 32ft enquiry plan selling for a world record £220000. It is no surprise that another unique selection of memorabilia will be offered for auction in Devizes.  The sale has a number of star lots but two of the most visually impressive are the sister plan to the 32ft enquiry profile offered in May and an extremely rare plan of First Class Accommodation for the Titanic that was used onboard by a Titanic survivor.

Minnesotan's Titanic Letter Among Auction Items (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 23 Oct 2011)
One year before the centennial of the Titanic's sinking, a letter written by a prominent Minneapolis businessman on Titanic stationery the day it sailed is one of more than 100 items of the doomed ship's memorabilia sold Friday night in New York for $100,570. The collection, which had been expected to sell for $50,000 to $75,000, was one of seven lots of Titanic material sold by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y. It was purchased by a private collector who asked not to be identified.

Titanic Exhibit Comes To The Shore Mall In EHT (Press of Atlantic City, 22 Oct 2011)
Shore Mall visitors looking for a break from shopping this fall can take a trip back in a time and check out a Titanic exhibit, starting today inside Silver Moon Antiques.The highlight of the 24-item exhibit is a 25-foot-long, 7-foot wide Titanic-era original Harland and Wolff Lifeboat, circa 1909. It may actually be one of the Titanic lifeboats, but it was definitely featured in several movies, including Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" in 1944, the 1953 movie "Titanic," starring Barbara Stanwyck and the 1964 film "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" with Debbie Reynolds. Part of the reason why the Titanic lifeboat is on display is to let the public help in deciding whether the lifeboat is an authentic Titanic lifeboat or not.

Titanic Artifacts On Display At Marine Museum (YNN , 21 Oct 201
An Oswego museum is currently featuring Titanic artifacts and memorabilia, including items from the personal collection of an Oswego man who works with the Titanic Historical Society. George DeMass serves as the historical society's chaplain and also collects Titanic artifacts. He has loaned the H. Lee White Marine Museum parts of his collection, including paintings, newspaper clips and items from the boat.

Titanic Memorial Restoration Work Begins In Godalming (BBC News, 20 Oct 2011)
Restoration of a memorial to the chief wireless operator on the Titanic has started. The Philips Memorial Cloister, in Godalming, is to be restored during a five-year programme. The work is being carried out to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking in 2012. It is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund with a £335,000 grant through its Parks for People programme.

Unseen Photos From Titanic Rescue On The Auction Block (Today's THV, 20 Oct 2011)
Their photos of the rescue and their writings of how it all happened are now headed to the auction block. One of john's letters describing the ship fade into history says, "When we had moved some distance away from the Titanic we realized by looking at the bow seeing the different rows of port holes getting less and less...that the finest boat in the world was doomed..." Phil Weiss runs the New York auction house that's now selling the memorabilia. He says, "You don't see these kinds of things come to the market anymore most of this material has been located, found, and accounted for."

Titanic Hero Harold Lowe's Plaque Is Funded By Council (20 October 2011, BBC News)
A campaign to erect a memorial was started by 17-year-old Maddie Matthews, of Dyffryn Ardudwy, who learned about Harold Lowe when watching the Hollywood movie."I've seen the design and its brilliant. I'm hoping it will a fitting tribute and family members and the people of Barmouth will turn out to see it unveiled," she said. It has been agreed that a plaque will be unveiled in April 2012 to mark the centenary of the disaster. The slate memorial, which is being made locally, will include an engraving of Harold Lowe and the Titanic and a citation describing his bravery.

Diagrams From Titanic Inquest To Be Auctioned (19 Oct 2011, The Associated Press)
The two diagrams, which are among more than 370 lots of Titanic memorabilia in next week's sale, are more modest in scale. One showing deck levels and the placement of lifeboats measures 74 inches (188 centimeters) by 56 inches (142 centimeters). The presale estimate is 40,000-60,000 pounds ($63,000-$95,000). The other — a plan of first-class accommodations, including pictures of some of the cabins — measures 29 inches by 41 inches (74 centimeters by 104 centimeters). The estimated price is 30,000-50,000 pounds ($48,000-$80,000).

Lifeboat Believed To Be From Titanic On Display Starting Saturday (19 Oct 2011, Shore News Today)
In December of 2007, Absecon Lighthouse came into possession of a donated Titanic exhibit, which included a Titanic-era original Harland and Wolff Lifeboat, circa 1909, believed to be one of the Titanic lifeboats. The boat matches the description from the official British enquiry of the Titanic disaster.  The Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic survivors, brought 13 Titanic lifeboats back to New York.  Although the fate of the boats is unclear, they may have been put back into service aboard other White Star liners.  The boat could potentially be the only lifesaving boat from the Titanic in existence today.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. Acquires Titanic-Themed Exhibition in Orlando (18 Oct 2011,MarketWatch-Press Release)
 Premier Exhibitions, Inc. PRXI +0.53% , a leading presenter of museum-quality touring exhibitions around the world, announced today it entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of a Titanic-themed exhibition (Titanic The Experience) in Orlando, Florida. The acquisition of Titanic The Experience enables Premier to immediately begin generating revenue in this established entertainment facility. In addition, the acquisition provides the Company with an existing multi-million dollar exhibition with minimal startup costs and an attractive ongoing cost structure relative to building a new Titanic themed exhibition in Orlando. As a result, the Company is able to enter a prime tourist destination market for a nominal initial investment.

Titanic Exhibit On Display In Greensboro (16 Oct 2011, Spartanburg Herald Journal)
Next April marks 100 years since the Titanic had its tragic rendezvous with an iceberg. The sinking still fixates the imagination, and the subject is drawing travelers to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Titanic runs through Nov. 27. The museum is at 4301 Lawndale Drive. General admission is $21 for adults and $20 for children 3 to 13. For more information, visit www.natsci.org/Titanic.html or call 336-288-3769.

Replicas Give Access To Iconic Sites Closer To Home (16 Oct 2011, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )
Cedar Bay Entertainment in Branson, Mo., has raised not one but two half-scale replicas of the Titanic. The first has drawn 3 million visitors since it opened in Branson in 2006. The second opened last year in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Both are landlocked, but the owners have thought of everything. "What we have done with both of the ships is we created a pool of water with concrete," spokesman Rick Laney says. "Under the water at the bow of the ship, two jet engines force the water up. It looks like the Titanic is actually moving forward."

First Class Titanic Tie To Tragedy (14 Oct 2011, This Is Hampshire.net)
A Titanic deck plan owned by an elderly couple who were depicted in the hit movie lying in bed together as the ship sank is set to sell for £50,000. The deck plans were only handed out to the 324 first class passengers when they arrived on the liner in Southampton on April 10, 1912. It is believed only three of them exist today, two in private collections and this one now on the open market. It was owned by the Straus’s maid Ellen Bird who survived the disaster in which 1,495 people died.

A Titanic Story(8 Oct 2011, Fernie Free Press)
The Deadly Voyage is part of the popular I Am Canada series, which uses events in Canadian history as a backdrop to exciting adventures of daring young men.  The book focuses on 14 year old Jamie Laidlaw, who has no idea that his world is about to turn up-side down, until he finds himself in the icy waters of the north Atlantic watching the “unsinkable” ship go down.

Cardboard Boat Regatta Designed To Engage Students, Craig Community (8 Oct 2011, Craig Daily Press )
“It has to have something to do with sinking,” said Hebert, a Moffat County High School junior, looking at the craft made of cardboard and duct tape as it waited on the shore of the pond at Loudy-Simpson Park. Hebert, along with Katlyn and Nicole Sollenberger, also juniors, made the boat for the sixth cardboard boat regatta Friday, an annual competition in which students make boats out of cardboard, duct tape and little else. Finally, Hebert settled on a name: “Titanic II.

The Unheard Story Of Amy And The Titanic (8 Oct 2011, Trinidad Guardian)
Amy Pollard was a Guyanese infant who lost her English mother Elizabeth, in Guyana, at the age of one. The year was 1872. Her father William Branch Pollard, was from Demerara, but his ancestors had migrated to, and lived continuously in Barbados from the early 1600’s. William’s father was Barbadian. The Pollards’ ancient origins were Cornwall, England. Amy’s maternal English aunt was Hannah, nee Blackley, the barren wife of the “prince of shipbuilders,” illustrious William Imrie.

Titanic Exhibit Opens At Science Centre (8 Oct 2011, St. Albert Gazette)
Nearly a century later, the fascination continues as the Telus World of Science hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, opening Oct. 8 and running until Feb. 2012. The exhibit features nearly 200 artifacts divided into seven galleries. The focus is on telling Titanic’s human stories through genuine artifacts and recreating the ship’s interior of a third-class compartment and boiler room. Visitors to the exhibit receive a replica boarding pass with the name of a real Titanic passenger, the passenger’s class, destination and with whom they travelled. At the end of the exhibit is a memorial board listing all the passengers’ names and whether or not they survived.

PHS Graduate Writes Titanic Book (7 Oct 2011, KC Community News)
Although many books have been written about the Titanic, Paola High School graduate Stephen Hines wanted readers to experience the tragedy as if they were there with his newest book “Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World.” For a year and a half, Hines pored over 208 articles from London’s “Daily Telegraph,” which was from just one week of coverage after the sinking. His aim with the book is to show readers the roller coaster of emotions the sinking brought with it, he said.

Titanic Centennial: Salvage And Memories (6 Oct 2011, New York Times)
On Oct. 21 Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y., will offer the archive of a couple who spent the last days of their honeymoon on the ship. John Pillsbury Snyder, a Minnesota garage owner and grain-mill heir, and his new bride, Nelle, got into the first lifeboat when the crew sounded warnings. Other first-class passengers on the deck had milled around the Snyders, refusing to disembark, convinced that the Titanic just needed minor repairs. The Snyders’ lifeboat left the wreck half-full; the saved lives onboard included a Pomeranian dog. The family papers, with correspondence on Titanic stationery and photos of rescue ships, are estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000.

Top Flight Recreation Of Titanic Staircase (6 Oct 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
Sean, Francis and Pius Diamond from the family-run Oldtown Joinery in Bellaghy have been working on the RMS Titanic replica staircase for two months. Sean, who runs the firm, told the Belfast Telegraph that the project has been a painstaking process and “the most challenging” the company has undertaken in its 20-year history. Using mostly traditional joinery techniques as would’ve been the case in the making of the original creation, Sean said there are some little differences. “We are subject to building control, so certain things are different. For example, we’ve had to install a brass handrail for health and safety purposes.

View Of Titanic Wreckage A Deep Emotional Experience (5 Oct 2011, Edmonton Journal)
Lytle looks like Captain E.J. Smith, the man at the helm of the Titanic when it sank on April 15, 1912. The resemblance landed him a job with RMS Titanic Inc. and in 2000, a seat on one of their expeditions to the ship wreck and its debris field. This week, Lytle is in Edmonton to play Smith at the opening of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Telus World of Science. Starting on Saturday, visitors can see 200 artifacts recovered from the Titanic, from pieces of the ship to passengers' personal belongings. They'll also be issued a replica boarding pass at the door, with the name, age and class of an actual passenger. At the end, they can look on the memorial board to see if they were among the 706 who survived or the 1,522 who perished.

Titanic Centenary Must Be Exploited (5 Oct 2011, Belfast Telegraph)
The Belfast Tourism Forum believes that government and industry must work together more closely to exploit the potential from the Titanic's centenary year in 2012."We cannot under-estimate the importance of both central and local government continuing to work in close partnership with all the relevant agencies and our highly professional colleagues in the tourism industry to deliver the goods, to the benefit of everyone in the city," said John McGrillen, Director of Development with Belfast City Council and chairman of the group.

WB Woman Shares Family's Titanic Tale  (3 Oct 2011, Citizens Voice)
http://citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-woman-shares-family-s-titanic-tale-1.1212233
"My mother told her, 'My daughter does not lie. I am a survivor,'" Mae said. Mae shared her mother's gripping account of surviving the nearly century-old tragedy Friday at a "Last Dinner on the Titanic" event at the Stage Coach Inn in Butler Township. More than 30 people attended the gathering, which was organized by a historical entertainment company known as The Passion Projects. Mae took the audience back to the late night hours of April 14, 1912, when an ocean liner billed as "unsinkable" struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York.

Conn. Site To Mark 100 Years Since Titanic Sinking (3 Oct 2011, Boston Globe)
 Aquarium will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with an exhibit that will virtually take visitors to the ocean floor. The aquarium, home of Robert Ballard who discovered the wreck of the British ocean liner in 1985, says it will break ground next month on the exhibit. It is scheduled to open next April.



NOVEMBER

Author Probes Titanic Puzzle (30 Nov 2011, Cambridge News)
Dr Paul Lee, of Attlee Way, began his fascination with Titanic when the wreck was discovered in 1985 and has studied it tirelessly since. Now he has published The Titanic and the Indifferent Stranger, which focuses on the role of the SS Californian which was nearby but did not go to the aid of the stricken ship.

Archive Pertaining To 'Titanic' Tops $100000 At Philip Weiss Auction (29 Nov 2011,Antiques and the Arts Online)
A historically significant and museum-quality archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner the HMS Titanic — consigned by direct descendants of a couple who were rescued when the ship went down the morning of April 15, 1912 — sold for a staggering $100,570 at an estate sale conducted October 21–23 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

Titanic Survivor's Son Recounts Story To Coventry Schoolkids (28 Nov 2011, Coventry Telegraph)
Edith Brown was just 15 when she sailed on the Titanic as a second-class passenger with her mum and dad. Before her death in 1997 at the age of 101, she told her 10 children about the tragic sinking of the legendary vessel, which struck an iceberg 400 miles off Newfoundland, Canada, on April 14 1912. Her youngest son David Haisman, aged 73, spoke about his mum’s experience on the Titanic at Blue Coat CE School, in Terry Road, Stoke, yesterday – the first of a five-month programme of talks and theatrical events at the school to mark 100 years since the demise of RMS Titanic.

 Street Named After Carpathia's Captain Arthur H Rostron (25 Nov 2011, BBC News)
A Hampshire street has been named after the captain of the ship which sailed to the aid of the stricken RMS Titanic in 1912. He spent his final years in West End, near Southampton, where Rostron Close was unveiled in a new housing development. A £15m museum dedicated to Titanic is due to open in Southampton next year.

Midland Firm Which Supplied Titanic's Cutlery Still Going Strong (25 Nov 2011, The Birmingham Post)
Now, to mark next year’s 100th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic, Arthur Price is issuing a 21st century version of its original range, designed specially for use by the liner’s first-class passengers. The Titanic centennial Panel Reed design features a full range of cutlery, from teaspoons through to cheese knives, with each knife adorned with ship owner The White Star Line’s famous logo.

Titanic's Final Photographs By Father Frank Browne (23 Nov 2011, BBC News)
Father Browne took the only photographs aboard Titanic. A reissue of a book containing these photographs is coming out in 2012. Here are some photos from that book courtesy of BBC News.

Titanic Society Worried That Replica At Marine Museum Could Fall By Wayside (21 Nov 2011, Fall River Herald News)
The Titanic Historical Society Inc., which donated a 28-foot, 1-ton replica to the Marine Museum 25 years ago, recently sought assurance that its famous model would not sink into oblivion. Questions over the ship’s status, society members said, were prompted by a series of Herald News stories, including one on Oct. 27 reporting that the Internal Revenue Service revoked the Marine Museum’s nonprofit standing this year as a result of its failure to file IRS 990 forms for at least three years. “We are quite concerned over the troubling news reported to us,” said a letter by Edward Kamuda, Titanic society founder/president. He wrote the letter to City Council President Michael Lund on Oct. 28.

Poignant Memento: Family Died In 'Titanic' Disaster (21 Nov 2011, Irish Times)
A remarkable photograph of a widowed Irish mother and her five young sons who perished in the Titanic disaster is to be sold at auction next month. Margaret Rice (39), a widow, and her sons Albert (10), George (8), Eric (7), Arthur (4) and Eugene (2), who lived in Athlone, Co Westmeath, all died when the infamous ship sank in the north Atlantic in April 1912. Mealy’s auctioneers said the 100-year-old photograph had been kept by the woman’s extended family and passed down through generations. It is being reluctantly sold by a descendant still living in Athlone.

Westfield Students Build Own 'Titanic' (18 Nov 2011, Jamestown Post Journal)
The ship was built out of oversized boxes and filled a third of Mrs. Odell's classroom. The 13 students in her class worked for over a month to create the ship. The "Titanic" contained several areas, from the steering house complete with the ghost of Captain John Edward Smith at the helm, to the furnace room with an Irish worker stoking the boiler. There was even an iceberg cracking through the starboard side of the ship

Titanic' Exhibition Headed For San Diego Natural History Museum (17 Nov 2011,SignOnSanDiego.com)
The blockbuster touring show, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” is set to land for a seven-month run at the San Diego Natural History Museum on Feb. 10, 2012. “This is a rare opportunity to view these historic pieces in San Diego,” said Michael W. Hager, the museum’s president and CEO in a statement. “It took a monumental effort to recover the artifacts, including eight trips to the wreckage located 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. This exhibit combines that technical story with the human drama that makes the Titanic tragedy such a well-known event.”

Info: Tickets $27 but discounts for seniors, military, children. Call (877) 946-7797 or visit sdnhm.org for more info.

The Human Cost Of The Titanic Disaster (16 Nov 2011, Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette)
In Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, chilling photographs of some of the dead, which White Star circulated in the hope of identifying them, are monstrous reminders of the scale of human loss. The approaching centenary of the Titanic disaster next spring has presented publishers with the opportunity to explore the catastrophe in impressive detail. The heavyweight has to be Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy. This veritable doorstop of a third edition, by two of the world’s most renowned Titanic experts, is illuminating on many levels. One of them is how extensively the Titanic was actually photographed, both inside and out. Moments of true maritime history were recorded, like the picture of Titanic and her sister ship Olympic – later broken up here on the Tyne – bow-to-stern at the yard of Harland and Wolff.

Titanic Survivor Featured In New Book (14 Nov 2011, Chorley Guardian)
The extraordinary life and career of a Titanic voyager from Chorley is being celebrated by a writer with a mission. Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller was the most senior surviving officer on the ship, and has fascinated writer Patrick Stenson for years. In a new edition of Patrick’s book, the former writer and broadcaster claims he has uncovered new evidence regarding the tragedy. The 65-year-old from Altrincham said: “I was going over the old evidence and I noticed some things that hadn’t been picked out in the inquiry. “It became quite clear that the ship was on top of the iceberg before the crew realised - it was much, much closer than people thought.”

Inside The Titanic Brings New Insight To Old Story 
(11 Nov 2011, National Post)
Curiosity: Inside the Titanic doesn’t provide unexpected or undiscovered research, but it does tell the story of the ship in a different way: by recreating the events of April 15, 1912, using first-hand stories of the survivors. The two-hour film, a drama-umentary of sorts, includes a fair bit of explanatory work, as befits a show that’s on the Discovery channel, showing how a handful of decisions in the moments after the Titanic sideswiped an iceberg pushed the great ship’s situation from grave to doomed. But the Canadian-British co-production adds some edge to the anodyne technical stuff by showing how real-life folk dealt with a situation that went from curious to disastrous in a hurry.

92-Year-Old Titanic Buff Visits Gould School (10 Nov 2011, Patch.com)
When fourth-grade Gould School reading teacher Susan Kappock had students complete an assignment on the search for the Titanic, she noticed one child gave very detailed answers. After inquiring about student Sajid Quraeshi's interest, Kappock learned his 92-year-old great uncle, Jack Mafcola, has had a lifelong fascination with the ocean and has become an unofficial expert on the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago. Mafcola, along with his wife Emily, visited Gould School Tuesday to share with fourth graders the lessons learned from one of history's greatest peacetime maritime disasters.

Plaque For Titanic Officer Will Be At Harbour After All (10 Nov 2011, Cambrian News)
Barmouth councillors have made a U-turn on the location for a commemorative plaque for Titanic hero Harold Lowe - after complaints from campaigners. A town council sub-committee decided on Tuesday that the plaque to honour Titanic’s Fifth Officer Harold Lowe would be placed on a wall outside the harbourmaster’s office and a unveiling ceremony would be held on 15 April 2012 - exactly 100 years after the disaster.

Record Attendance at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at ArtScience Museum (10 Nov 2011, eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition)
Over 18,500 visitors have experienced the RMS Titanic in the first 10 days of opening Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is fast proving to be a hit among visitors of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands with over 18,500 visitors in its first 10 days of opening. The use of authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations combined with the compelling stories of the passengers and crew has captured the imagination of visitors both local and overseas alike.

Titanic Exhibit At Natural Science Center Extended (9 Nov 2011, WFMY News 2)
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has been extended at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. Center officials said due to popular demand the exhibit which was supposed to wrap up this month will be extended until January 8.

Surviving Titanic Tale Has 'Lord Jim' Twist (6 Nov 2011, Dubuque Telegraph Herald)$
Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim" is about a sailor who flees in a moment of crisis and is forever labeled a coward. In "How to Survive the Titanic," British writer Frances Wilson tells the story of a real life Lord Jim: J. Bruce Ismay, heir to the White Star Line fortune. Fleeing the ship in a lifeboat, Ismay himself survived this most mythologized of all maritime disasters, even as thousands of women and children perished on that fateful night in 1912.

Titanic Exhibition Opens In Cork (5 Nov 2011, Irish Central)
A farewell message in a bottle that was thrown from the Titanic can now be seen at the Titanic Exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Center. The letter, which was presented by a family member of the victim, goes on display just as next year's centenary of the ship's sinking approaches. Jeremiah Burke didn’t have much time to write a last note to his family as  the Titanic went down. The 19-year-old, who was traveling from his home in Glanmire, Co. Cork with his 18-year-old cousin Nora Hegarty, simply said “goodbye all” in his last note.

Birmingham's Forgotten Industrial Pioneer Who Died On The Titanic (4 Nov 2011, The Birmingham Post)
His contribution to industry in Birmingham was as significant and compelling as the likes of Matthew Boulton and George Cadbury, yet few are familiar with the name William Hipkins. As managing director, William Edward Hipkins transformed W&T Avery Limited from a burgeoning maker of scales into the world’s largest manufacturer of weighing machines.

Red Roses For Titanic Hero Musician (4 Nov 2011, Dumfries and Galloway Standard)
Born and raised in Dumfries, before joining the ill-fated band of musicians on the White Star Ocean liner, the body of 21-year-old Jock was recovered from the waters of the Northern Atlantic by the MacKay Bennett shortly after the Titanic sank. His unidentified body was buried in May of that year at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The story of her great-uncle has inspired her to write a book on his life entitled The First Violin and a cookbook presenting a selection of Titanic recipes called Dinner is Served. Since publishing the two books, Yvonne has attracted a lot of interest from far and wide.

Pensioners Tell Of Pride Over Titanic Display (3 Nov 2011, Belfast Newsletter)
The display put together by 15 people was inspired by personal memories and a trip to ‘TITANICa’ at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum’s — an exhibition which opened earlier this year to mark the centenary of the launch of the ship. As part of the creative process, the pensioners explored the history of Edwardian Belfast, the shipbuilding industry in Belfast and the on-board lifestyle of passengers who travelled on the Titanic.

West Valley Man Crafts Models For Centennial Of Titanic's Sinking (3 Nov 2011, Arizona Republic)
Jeff Alderman took a boyhood hobby of building car and airplane models and turned it into a business: Grand Prix Reproductions. Now, Alderman, 53, is a professional model builder who constructs reproductions covering a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from architectural models of houses and landscaping to Boeing 747s to ships. His current project is crafting two ships for the Titanic Historical Society Museum in Indian Orchard, Mass.

Titanic Menu Tasting Underway Ahead Of Centenary Event In Stoke-On-Trent (3 Nov 2011, StaffsLive)
The three day festival, which is being planned by The Lord Mayor’s Office in Stoke-on-Trent and Titanic Brewery, will include a dinner showcasing Edwardian food from the ship’s original first class menu. Catering company Jenkinsons are creating the meal and director Jon Collier admitted originality was key. “Hotels and others have done the Titanic menu before but not like this – they always change it to suit them,” he said. “Ours is as close to the original menu as you can get.”

Titanic : A Poignant Reminder At Singapore (1 Nov 2011, TruthDive)
It is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic which set sail in April 1912. Dropping anchor in Singapore at the Art-Science Museum at the Marina Bay Sands, visitors can walk through 2,500 sq. metres of gallery space for a poignant journey on the ill-fated Titanic and her passengers. The exhibition which is on till April 2012 will feature moving reminders of the people who had taken the trip – a gold pocket watch, a cravat, a pair of brown boots, a silver pot and even a suitcase which had contained vials of perfume.

The Man Who Found The Titanic (1 Nov 2011, BBC News)
So I put it to him that, while elsewhere in the world it is regarded as iconic, in Northern Ireland we are still not quite certain how to cope with the ship's loss. "I'm glad that Belfast is finally proud of having built the Titanic", he explained. "They built an amazing ship. It wasn't their fault that it sank. It was an amazing piece of engineering. So I am really pleased that they are now proud of what they did." There used to be an old put-down in Belfast if you mentioned the Titanic with any degree of interest. "It sank - get over it!". But the finishing touches are being put to a £100m building to mark the centenary. It stands in the Titanic Quarter near the centre of Belfast, beside the preserved slipway where the Titanic was launched all those years ago.

Coventry Marks Links To Titanic On 100th Anniversary Of Tragedy (1 Nov 2011, Coventry Telegraph)
The city-based Titanic Heritage Trust has put together a fascinating programme of talks and theatrical events at Blue Coat School, Stoke, to mark the anniversary of RMS Titanic’s tragic sinking in 1912. The five-month programme begins this month. Events include the poignant reflections of David Haisman – a local relative of Edith Brown, the Titanic’s oldest survivor – who himself served in the Merchant Navy and worked as look-out on ice fields across the North Atlantic. There will also be a staged recreation of a 1912 musical evening held to raise money for the Titanic Relief Fund.

The Titanic Sails Into Singapore (1 Nov 2011, Channel News Asia)
Don't start learning the lyrics of the title song in the movie Titanic, or practising the famous DiCaprio-Winslet pose, the Titanic exhibition now on in Singapore is nothing about the movie, and everything about real-life on the iconic ship. Dropping anchor in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands, visitors can wander through 2,500 square metres of gallery space for a poignant journey on the ill-fated Titanic and her passengers. The exhibition which is on till April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic which set sail in April 1912 will feature poignant reminders of the people who had taken the trip - a gold pocket watch, a cravat and even a suitcase which had contained vials of perfume.

DECEMBER

New Titanic Exhibition Set For KS (Dec 2011, The New York Irish Emgirant)
A massive Titanic exhibition is on its way to Kansas City’s Union Station as communities on both sides of the Atlantic get ready to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passenger liner’s sinking in 2012. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will go on display in Kansas City on March 10, and promises to be a bigger and better version of a similar exhibition held at Union Station in 2001. The exhibition will be complemented by programming from the Irish Museum and Cultural Center, also located at Union Station. The program’s goal is to showcase the Irish roots of the RMS Titanic, including its origin in Northern Ireland at the famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard.

Would You Take a Replica Cruise of the Titanic's Maiden Voyage?
(29 Dec 2011,TIME)
Marketed towards relatives of those on board, as well as history buffs and those who are simply curious, Titanic Memorial Cruises has organized two voyages that will retrace the transatlantic journey.  On April 8, 2012, the HMS Balmoral will depart from Southampton, England, en route to arrive at the spot near Nova Scotia where Titanic rests by April 14, the 100-year anniversary of the sinking.  That night in 1912, the massive ship struck an iceberg and sank several hours later, claiming over 1500 lives.  The wreckage still sits on the bottom of the ocean floor.  A memorial ceremony will be held on board to commemorate the tragedy.A second ship, the Azamara Journey, will depart from New York, cruising to the same location. There are 1309 spaces on the Balmoral and they are already sold out, though some spots remain on the Azamara Journey.

Titanic Artifacts Headed to Auction (29 Dec 2011,Wall Street Journal)$
The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck. More than 5,500 items including fine china, ship fittings and portions of hull that were recovered from the ocean liner have an estimated value of $189 million, according to Premier Exhibitions Inc., parent of RMS Titanic Inc., the Titanic's court-approved salvor. That value was based on a 2007 appraisal and doesn't include intellectual property gathered from a 2010 scientific expedition that mapped the wreck .

US Titanic Exhibit To Mark Centenary In Connecticut (28 Dec 2011, Irish Central)
The new exhibition is scheduled to open about two weeks after the Titanic exhibit in Belfast, which has already pre-sold a staggering 35,000 tickets for tours. The exhibit in Belfast is at the site where the Titanic first touched water in 1911. At the Connecticut exhibition, visitors will be able to view what the luxury liner looked like before it met its fate, and view the worldwide headlines its untimely sinking spurred. They will also have the opportunity to read about the myths and legends that stemmed from the sinking.

Titanic Relatives To Mark 100th Anniversary In Atlantic (28 Dec 2011, BBC News)
Relatives of passengers and crew on Titanic are planning to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster by sailing to the spot where the liner sank . They will set off on 8 April next year from Southampton to retrace RMS Titanic's route across the Atlantic. A special memorial ceremony will be held on board the cruise ship Balmoral at the time the ship went down.

Titanic Project Will Be A Success (24 Dec 2011,Belfast Telegraph)
The multi-million pound Titanic Signature Building in Belfast will become an international attraction, First Minister Peter Robinson says. He and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness sprung to the defence of the project after a recent Audit Office report cast doubt over its long-term prospects. The biggest single tourism project launched in Northern Ireland, the building will require an estimated 290,000 visitors a year to break even. And so far 35,000 tickets have been sold in advance of its opening in April to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the historic ship’s sinking.

Titanic Artifacts To Be Auctioned (23 Dec 2011, Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Thousands of artifacts from the Titanic will be auctioned next year, the artifacts' owner, Premier Exhibitions Inc., said today. Premier has hired Guernsey’s Auctioneers to sell the artifacts. The results of the auction will be announced on April 15 in New York City. Premier’s collection includes over five thousand artifacts recovered in expeditions to the wreck site in 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004. Premier (Nasdaq: PRXI) won legal title to the artifacts last August. The title came with several conditions. First, the artifacts must be kept together as a single collection with other Titanic artifacts collected prior to 1987. The collections can only be sold together in their entirety. And the company must comply with provisions that guarantee the long-term protection of all of the artifacts.

35000 Order Titanic Centre Tickets (21 Dec 2011, The Press Association)
Nearly 35,000 Titanic enthusiasts have already pre-ordered tickets to tour a new £90 million visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner. The interest in Titanic Belfast - 400,000 are expected to pay a visit in its first year - emerged as its operators marked 100 days until Northern Ireland's largest ever tourism project opens its doors. The eye-catching building, which is made up of 3,000 aluminium panels shaped like the vessel's hull, has been built on the spot where the liner was first rolled into the water in 1911.

Titanic Remembered Exhibition To Mark Ship Disaster's Centenary
(20 Dec 2011, News Shopper)
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich will mark the centenary of the sinking of Titanic with a small exhibition. Titanic Remembered will tell the stories of some of those who survived the tragedy and explore how that fateful night in 1912 has become the most famous maritime disaster in history.

Allure Of Titanic Endures For Halifax Buffs 100 Years After Sinking
(20 Dec 2011,Winnipeg Free Press)
Pinto, now 59, wants Canada to formally recognize the disaster of April 15, 1912, when the largest liner of its time went down south of the Grand Banks after colliding with an iceberg on a calm, moonless night on its maiden voyage. He's hoping to hold a wake, film festival, concerts, and to spur interest in the creation of a Halifax monument to the disaster's 1,500 victims and the just over 700 who survived. Moreover, Pinto and others want to highlight the special relationship this coastal capital has with one of history's most compelling tragedies.

Olympic Effort Too Late To Save Titanic (17 Dec 2011, Topeka Capital Journal)
Little did the youngster know the book — which was made into a movie in 1958 — would lead to a decades-long fascination with all things associated with the sunken ocean liner and his writing an account of the Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic. “I read it (Lord’s book) and got hooked,” he said. Sisson's book, “Racing Through the Night: Olympic's Attempt to Reach Titanic,” was released in England last summer and the United States in October.

Auctions This Week Saw Strong Demand For Items Relating To The 'Titanic' (17 Dec 2011, Irish Times)
Bidders spent over €500,000 during the two-day auction at the D4Berkeley Hotel in Ballsbridge where auctioneer Fonsie Mealy noted that the market was “buoyant”. Some 82 per cent of the almost 1,200 lots sold. Just months before centenary commemorations to mark its sinking on April 15th, 1912, the Titanic disaster continues to fascinate and enthral. Among memorabilia in the auction was a poignant photograph of Athlone widow Margaret Rice who perished along with her five young sons. The sepia-tinted photograph made €2,200 – exceeding its estimate of €1,000-€1,500.

New Titanic Claims Blame Dalbeattie Man
(15 Dec 2011, Dumfries and Galloway Standard)
William Murdoch, first officer on the ill-fated Titanic, might have saved the “unsinkable” passenger liner had he taken immediate action when an iceberg was spotted. Instead, according to a new book, Murdoch delayed for 30 seconds, analysing information coming his way. And that delay, the researchers who wrote “Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal” claim, meant the ship was unable to avoid the collision that ended with more than 1,500 people losing their lives.

Plaque Will Honour Titanic Victims (15 Dec 2011, Falmouth Packet)
Two Porthleven men who lost their lives on the sinking Titanic are to be remembered with a plaque in the port. Brothers Edgar and Fred Giles were sailing to America to “start a new life” according to mayor Mark Berryman, who has been researching the history of their lives tragically cut short almost a century ago. With next year marking the centenary of the disaster, Mr Berryman has called upon the town council to put up a plaque in memory of the pair, whose relatives still live in the village.

Liverpool To Commemorate Titanic With Giant Street Theatre Performance (14 Dec 2011, Event Magazine)
Gigantic puppets will roam the centre of Liverpool next April as the city commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Titanic was registered in Liverpool making the city its home port, and at least 90 members of its crew were from Merseyside, or had close links to the area. Marionette company Royal de Luxe is working with council officials to bring its Sea Odyssey show - inspired by the ship and a young girl whose father was a passenger - to the city. The company is famed for bringing the streets of London to a standstill in 2006 with the Sultan’s Elephant.

Historic Titanic Company Minute Book Bought At Auction By H&W
(14 Dec 2011, BBC News)
The Belfast shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff, which built the Titanic, has bought back its original Minute Book for an undisclosed sum. The item was just one lot that went under the hammer at an auction of rare books and historical memorabilia in Dublin this afternoon. The Harland and Wolff manuscript included the 1911 director's register which listed Thomas Andrews as the company director. His name did not occur in the 1912 list, as he went down with the Titanic in April 1912.

Titanic Survivor From Port Dover, Ont. Has Grave Marked (13 Dec 2011, Hamilton Spectator)
Plans are in the works for a survivor of the Titanic who was born in Port Dover, Ont., to have a marker placed on his burial spot near London, England. William Edwy Ryerson was born in Port Dover in 1878 and served as a 2nd class steward on the luxury passenger liner. He has been lying in an unmarked grave for more than 60 years.

Titanic Building May Face Long Term Financial Concerns (13 Dec 2011, BBC News)
A government report has questioned the financial viability of two key tourism projects In Northern Ireland. The Audit Office said it was doubtful whether the Titanic Signature Building would break even in the long term. The £77m development is due to open in 2012, in time for the centenary of the sinking of the ship. The report has also raised concerns over the new Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre because of a difficulty in predicting tourism numbers. It is estimated that the Titanic building in Belfast will need 290,000 visitors a year to break even.

Postal Museum To Debut A Hindenburg, Titanic Exhibit (13 Dec 2011,NBC Washington)
An upcoming exhibit at the National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE) will celebrate two transportation marvels, and their related disasters."Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic" will open in March, for what's sure to be both an illuminating and terribly depressing look at both.

Titanic Tickets Go On Sale Today (12 Dec 2011,Mirror.co.uk-blog)
The 12 days of Christmas are beginning today for the new Titanic Belfast exhibition, as tickets go on sale to the public for the first time. Between now and Christmas Eve, everyone buying tickets online will receive a five per cent discount on admission and will also be entered into a prize draw to win tickets for an MTV concert taking place on the Titanic slipway next spring. Also up for grabs are VIP tickets to special previews before the official opening on March 31.

Precinct Honour For Colne's Titanic Hero (12 Dec 2011, Lancashire Telegraph)
Colne Precinct could be renamed in honour of the town’s most famous son to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Talks are taking place to name the town centre shopping arcade after bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who famously lead the band as the liner sank after hitting an iceberg. His body was recovered two weeks after the ship sank, still fully dressed in his bandmaster uniform, and returned to Colne where a huge procession followed his body to its burial on May 18 1912.

Youngsters Visit Anchor In Titanic Topic (11 Dec 2011, Dudley News)
Children from Sledmere Primary School took part in a series of maritime-themed workshops as they studied the area’s historic link with the Titanic. The Year 2 children attended the sessions at The Savoy Centre in Netherton, and as well as getting the opportunity to examine the replica Titanic anchor, the youngsters were also able to take part in a series of hands on collage and crafts workshops run by Artspace.

'Titanic Sank This Morning': Telegrams Sent By Shipping Firm's Head Are Revealed (10 Dec 2011, Daily Mail)
Almost 100 years after they were sent, telegrams declaring the sinking of the Titanic have been put up for sale. The eight messages were sent by Bruce Ismay, head of the ship’s  owners White Star Line, after he was rescued in the 1912 disaster. The first telegram to the shipping company’s New York office was set at 1pm on April 15 – 11 hours after the Titanic sunk with the loss of 1,517 lives.

Plan Afloat To Remember Titanic Steward On 100th Anniversary Of Sinking (7 Dec 2011, Hamilton Spectator)
William Edwy Ryerson has lain in an unmarked grave for more than 60 years, belying his involvement in the sinking of the Titanic, one of the world’s most infamous maritime disasters. Now, authorities of an Anglican Church outside London, England — where the former Hamiltonian was interred in 1949 in a pauper’s burial — are doing something about it. To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 2012, authorities at St. Mary’s Church in Runwell — a medieval church near Chelmsford, northwest of London — want to lay a gravestone over Ryerson’s burial plot that day and hold a memorial.

Titanic Tour By Submersible (5 Dec 2011, Examiner.com)
The construction is mostly of maraging steel that is reported to have a better strength to weight ratio than titanium (per the Wikipedia).  You are not expected to pilot one of these submersibles yourself - seaworthy professionals will be running the tour offered by Deep Ocean Expeditions.  You and the MIRs will be transported by ship to the deep dive site.  But you need to know that your spot on the tour will cost about $60,000 - but is a "once in a lifetime trip."

Thirty-Second Judgement Call Led To Sinking Of Titanic (4 Dec 2011, Irish Independent)
The conclusion overturns the original verdict, which found that Murdoch, the first officer, steered away immediately but could not avert catastrophe because the iceberg had been spotted too late. Researchers believe the reason that Murdoch hesitated before giving the order "hard a starboard" was that he thought the Titanic might be able to pass by the hazard and that if he altered direction he might increase the risk to the ship by swinging its stern towards the obstacle.

Titanic Signature Building Gets High Praise (2 Dec 2011, 4ni.co.uk)
NI's top politicians, First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have been taking on a Titanic mission. They visited the site of Titanic Belfast to view progress on the Signature Building. The building is on target to open at the end of March 2012 to mark the centenary of famous Titanic's maiden voyage. Built to the same height as the ship, it will incorporate a major interactive exhibition through a number of themed galleries, recreating the Titanic story for visitors.

Paintings That Nearly Sank On The Titanic Sold For £7M (2 Dec 2011, Mirror.co.uk)
Two Russian paintings that narrowly avoided being sent to a watery grave on the Titanic have sold for nearly £7million. The early-20th century works by Vasili Polenov were booked on the ship for exhibition in the US. But the cargo was delayed and missed the doomed liner’s maiden voyage in April 1912.

Titanic Art Ready For Museum Launch (1 Dec 2011, Romsey Advertiser)
The city council invited Wellow Primary School to put together a picture of the Titanic for one of the education rooms at the attraction ahead of its opening next year. Kerry Somers, history leader at the school, said the 10- and 11-year-olds jumped at the chance to create the exhibit “They were really proud of what they’d done and wanted to show their parents,” she said.

World Travelers Recall Trip To Titanic Burial Site (1 Dec 2011, Shore News Today)
Hearing about a display of artifacts from the Titanic at Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township brought back memories for Rose and Bill Povse of Absecon. Not memories back to 1912 – the couple, in their early 80s, laughed at the thought of that – but of a visit to Nova Scotia they took in 2004, where many of the bodies recovered from the ill-fated voyage were taken. “We spent an hour at the cemetery, Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, right on the St. Lawrence Seaway,” Bill Povse told a reporter invited to their home to see their photographs of the historic site. “There are graves of those from the Titanic at Fairview.”











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