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JANUARY

Requiem For The Lost Souls Of The Titanic(31 Jan 2012, BBC News)
Composer Philip Hammond has been carrying the precious cargo of a requiem in his head for more than three years - from Portland, Oregon, to Croatia and back home. Sitting at his piano in the attic of his Belfast home, he watched the steel girders of the signature Titanic building clamber up into the skies It towers over the lough and mirrors the size of the original boat, billed "unsinkable" as it swept proudly out of Belfast, headed for Southampton and on to New York on its maiden voyage in 1912.

Titanic: Violin Played By Tragic Band As Ship Sank 'Has Been Found'(31 Jan 2012, Mirror.co.uk )
Heroic Wallace Hartley and his band defiantly played on as the doomed Titanic sank. Now experts believe the violin he was using has been discovered. Tests are being done to prove if it is the instrument band leader Wallace used when he and his seven fellow musicians drowned in the disaster 100 years ago. Author Steve Turner, who wrote a book about the Titanic band, said: “I was suspicious at first but when I looked closely I could only conclude that this was the real thing or the result of an extremely elaborate, and well informed, hoax. I am convinced it is genuine.”

BBC Hosts Gathering Of Titanic Descendants In Southampton
(29 Jan 2012, BBC News)
More than 120 descendants of passengers and crew from the Titanic have been brought together by the BBC. The gathering in Southampton, which was held ahead of the 100th anniversary of the liner sinking, is believed to be the largest of its kind. Relatives shared memories at the event and many stories were recorded for broadcast for the first time. The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people. Among those attending was Simon Collier whose great uncle, Harvey Collier, had been emigrating to New York with his wife and eight-year-old daughter when the Belfast-built liner sank.

Stealing The Titanic: Artifacts Auction Draws Accusations Of Grave Robbery
(28 Jan 2012, National Post
In Halifax, the burial place of 150 Titanic victims, news of the auction prompted disgust. “We’re into preserving and documenting — not into pillaging,” Lynn-Marie Richard, registrar for the city’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, told The Chronicle Herald. The man who located the Titanic sitting upright at the bottom of the Atlantic would agree. In 1985, only hours after he had spotted the wreck, Robert Ballard took a call from a curious ABC reporter, who asked if the legendary ship could ever be raised from the depths. “Absolutely not,” he replied.

Professor Interviewed Titanic Survivor(28 Jan 2012, Portland Daily Sun)
As a member of the Titanic Historical Society in Massachusetts, Lemke routinely gives lectures on Titanic. But likely something that sets her apart from others who study the topic is her interview with Drew. "He was just amazing," she said, recalling her interview with him just six weeks before his death in 1986. Drew, who had dual U.S. and English citizenship, was visiting his grandmother in England the winter before Titanic made its maiden voyage. He was returning to the U.S. with his aunt and uncle when the ship sank and his uncle was never seen again.

Cobh Remembers The Titanic - Last Stop Before The Ship Set Sail In 1912(28 Jan 2012, Irish Central)
Now the Titanic's unforgettable voyage will form the inspiration for a series of events to be held in Cobh this year to commemorate both the engineering triumph — and the natural disaster that sank it — of the Titanic. 

Among the exciting events planned will be a special Saint Patrick’s Day Parade with marchers adorned in the style of 1912. A vivid exhibition setting the scene entitled Titanic, Reflections and Reactions, Queenstown 1912 will open in March in the Cobh Museum and will then run for the rest of the year. But naturally the main events will take place in April, beginning with the visit of the impressive Cruise Liner Balmoral.

Titanic Letter Features In New Liverpool Exhibition(27 Jan 2012, Click Liverpool)
A letter from a doting daughter which never reached her father, tragically killed on the Titanic, has formed a piece at a Liverpool Museum. The original letter is displayed for the first time in the museum’s compelling new exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story opening 30 March 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking on 15 April. May Louise McMurray had sat down in her neat home in Empress Road, Kensington, Liverpool, to pen her first-ever letter. May was writing to her father William who, like many Liverpudlians, worked away at sea and could be absent for long periods.

Titanic Heritage To Be Honoured At Boneybefore(27 Jan 2012, Carrickfergus Today)
Alison noted: “With the unveiling of the blue plaque our wish is that guests, visitors and those passing by Fool’s Haven take the time to reflect and think how this tragedy at sea had an effect on the people left behind like Ruddick Millar. We have started a collection of his writings and have enjoyed exploring the Millar family story.” Ruddick Millar was just five-years-old when he was orphaned by the loss of Titanic, on which his father had worked as a deck engineer. He and his older brother Thomas were sent to live with their great-aunt Mary Millar in Boneybefore; both boys were paid a small allowance by the Titanic Relief Fund.

Belfast Hopes Costly Titanic Visitor Centre Will Be Tip Of Iceberg Of Tourism Boom (24 Jan 2012, Irish Times)
A £97 million (€116 million) building named Titanic Belfast – located just 90m (100 yards) from the slipways where the luxury ship was built – will open its doors on March 31st. It is being billed by the North’s tourist board as the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, intended to celebrate the city’s special relationship with the Titanic. After all, as Una Reilly, chairwoman of the Belfast Titanic Society, frequently says: “What happened was a disaster; the Titanic was not.” The new visitor centre hopes to highlight the “innovation, engineering and craftsmanship that flourished in Belfast a century ago and is still present today."

Titanic Exhibition To Come To Bromley (22 Jan 2012, News Shopper)
To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic this April a musical and exhibition about the tragedy will be shown in Bromley. Kevin Gauntlett, director of Titanic the Musical, is inviting any family members of people on board the ill-fated ship to come to a special performance on April 14. The last night of the show will be performed on 14 April 2012, exactly 100 years after the sinking.

Music Event Marks Titanic Centenary (22 Jan 2012, Sheffield Telegraph)
One of the 20th century’s greatest disasters is commemorated at a charity concert in aid of the RNLI at Ecclesall Parish Church on March 10. A matter of a month later, 100 years ago on the night of April 14-15 1912, the Titanic sank. Five works in the second half of the concert are associated with the tragic event, with particular emphasis on the eight members of the Titanic band who carried on playing as the ship sank. Legend has it that their final item was Nearer, My God, to Thee, and shortly after American composer Harold Jones penned a song in memory of the ship’s musicians quoting Lowell Mason’s hymn tune ‘Bethany’ to the words – heard here.

Robin Gibb: How My Obsession With The Titanic Has Helped Save My Life (22 Jan 2012, Daily Mail
There are few names that resonate more clearly than that of the Titanic. Even today, 100 years since that  disastrous maiden voyage, it remains a milestone in the course of modern history. We have all grown up with the story of the White Star liner and the iceberg. And for me in particular, the tragedy has become an interest bordering on obsession. It is no exaggeration to say that I have been studying the Titanic for most of my adult life and pondering its fate since I first heard the story of this great ship in the early days of childhood.

Ice Flies At Second Titanic Carving Competition (17 Jan 2012, The Mountain Press)
The museum held its second-annual ice carving competition throughout the afternoon, with 17 amateurs and professionals from all over the U.S. using chainsaws, chisels, blow torches, hot irons, knives and drills to turn 300-pound blocks of ice into dramatic sculptures. "It's a fascinating process," said Rick Laney, spokesperson for the attraction. "Ice carving is not something people are usually familiar with. We try to give people reasons to come to the museum. Everything we do here is to honor the people on board by telling their stories." Professional carvers received two blocks of ice and a four hour time limit. Amateur sculptors had three hours to complete one block. Because there was no theme for the event, competitors could carve any design they wanted.

Titanic Cufflinks Cash In On The Death Of Thousands (16 Jan 2012, Gizmodo)
The company's new Titanic-DNA wrist adornments are made from "stabilized oxidized steel" salvaged from the ship's final resting place, but also sourced from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast where the Titanic was built. The whole shipyard thing kind of makes it feel like RJ is cheating, but I imagine the amount of metal they have from the actual ship is minuscule.

Titanic Centennial Commemorations Sink To New Lows (13 Jan 2012,Wall Street Journal)
This April it will be 100 years since the Titanic's one and only sailing. And the centennial of the unsinkable ship's sinking, which took the lives of some 1,500 people, is already a bloated extravaganza of dubious taste and obtuse cultural history. If only there were lifeboats in which to escape it all.

Watch Out! This Year The Titanic Disaster Is About To Wash Over Us Again(13 Jan 2012, The Guardian)
A fourth wave, however, threatens to outrank even the monarch's. A fortnight or so after Scott died in Antarctica, the Titanic went down 350 miles south-east of Newfoundland. These fatal encounters with snow and ice – at opposite ends of the world but near-simultaneous – became the classic British tragedies. For a long time, Scott's story was the better known in its details. It had far fewer and more strongly defined characters, a literature that included Scott's diaries, and it established Scott and his party as unquestionably heroic from the moment the news of their deaths reached Britain nearly a year later.

Halifax: The Titanic's Undertaker (13 Jan 2012,Telegraph.co.uk)
The role Halifax played in the Titanic story is little known on this side of the Atlantic. Yet it was a crucial one. Halifax was the Titanic’s coroner, undertaker and mourner. It gathered, identified and buried the bodies, and it did so with great diligence and respect. The poignant tales of love and loss uncovered in the process ensure that the sinking is remembered not just as a historic event but as a human tragedy on a colossal scale.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen (12 Jan 2012,The Stir)
See, the thing about this is it sounds like the exact opposite of a vacation. It sounds like a terrible, panic-strickened mess of a situation, where something's bound to go wrong. I'm all for boning up on history, but I certainly don't want any part of a re-enactment of one of the most tragic events in history. Especially while I'm on vacation. I'm trying to see the other side of this here -- truly, I am -- but I honestly can't. I can only see a giant red flag and a neon sign saying, "Bad Idea Jeans!"

Yes, He Discovered The Titanic. No, He Doesn't Want To Talk About It.(12 Jan 2012,New York Times (blog)
Mr. Ballard, the great explorer of the seas, is lending his name and his expertise to yet another attempt to capitalize on the public fascination with a century-old shipwreck. Now 69, he would rather talk about another ship, one that floats and which he plans to use to survey the sea floor of the South Pacific. But he knows that there will be no escaping the Big T this year, the 100th anniversary of its sinking.

Titanic Ghost Rolls Royce Returns To Northern Ireland (12 Jan 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
Made to order for the chairman of Harland and Wolff, this car, like the luxury liner it is named after, was the last word in absolutely everything.And all eyes will again be on the 101-year-old Titanic Ghost Rolls Royce when it returns to Northern Ireland for the first time in 85 years later this month. The striking vehicle, which was built for Lord William Pirrie shortly before Titanic was launched in April 1912, is to be the star attraction at a vintage car show in Co Down. "This car has a unique link to a special time and place in our history and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back to Northern Ireland in the year when so much attention is focused on the Titanic," said organiser of the Newcastle Vintage, Classic and Sports Car Show Martin Cromwell.

An Eerie Trip With The Tourists Diving Two Miles To See The Titanic (12 Jan 2012, Daily Mail)
From the external lights of our vessel, I can see across the ancient terrain, which looks almost like a lunar landscape. Occasionally strange aquatic creatures dart across my vision, adding to the alien atmosphere. Then suddenly, there it is, the sight I shall never forget. Rising before my eyes is the prow of the most famous ship in the world. I am peering at the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, which plunged to this watery, icy grave almost a century ago in April 1912. Even in the darkness of the ocean floor, the front part of the mighty vessel still looks magnificent, the encrusted railings and sweep of her hull instantly recognisable.   

Sea Research Foundation Unveils Mystic Aquarium's Centenary Titanic Exhibit
(11 Jan 2012, PR Newswire-Press Release)
Beckoning visitors to "journey to new depths of discovery," Sea Research Foundation, operator of Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., has announced a major new exhibit -- Titanic - 12,450 Feet Below -- at Mystic Aquarium's Ocean Exploration Center exhibit hall. The exhibit, opening on April 12, marks the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the celebrated ocean liner. It is the product of a collaboration between famed oceanographic explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, president of Sea Research Foundation's Institute for Exploration, who led the 1985 expedition that first located the sunken Titanic, and Tim Delaney, the former Walt Disney Imagineering designer and head of Tim J. Delaney Design. The Ocean Exploration Center renovation and its inaugural Titanic - 12,450 Feet Below exhibit are sponsored by United Technologies Corporation.

Titanic The Experience Unveils New Artifact (11 Jan 2012, WDBO Radio)
It was originally located on the starboard side on the C deck; with portholes that were used to look into the ships dishwashing and china storage room.  After two diving attempts to retrieve the piece, the 3,000 pound piece will finally be on display in the museum adding to the “Titanic Experience.” Along with the ship’s hull, there are also 100 authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck on display also. The exhibit will also provide the visitors with a “real life” walk through with the tour guide, who is also a trained actor.

'Fr. Browne's Titanic Album' Released To Mark Centenary(11 Jan 2012, Derry Today)
When Derry priest Fr. Eddie O’Donnell stumbled across over 40,000 negatives belonging to the late Fr. Frank Browne he would not have been able to envisage the significance of what he had just discovered. Fr. Browne, a Jesuit priest, was widely recognised as a skilled photographer. He boarded the Titanic in Southampton and several days later he was ordered off the boat in Cobh, Co. Cork by his superior. Fr O’Donnell discovered the invaluable collection of photographs and mementoes in a Dublin basement in 1985. His book ‘Father Browne’s Titanic Album’ has been updated and re-released to mark the 100th anniversary of the boat sinking in 1912.

Granddaughter Of Carpathia Master Sir Arthur Rostron Visits Southampton Port (
10 Jan 2012, Daily Echo
Mrs Pettet, who lived in Southampton until she was 21, was visiting the Queen Elizabeth to see one of the ship’s ultra-luxury suites, which has been named after her grandfather. “My grandfather was a quiet man, who never talked about his part in the Titanic story,’’ said Rosemary, aged 73.

Titanic Auction Not Popular At Maritime Museum
(8 Jan 2012, TheChronicleHerald.ca)
The sale of more than 5,000 artifacts salvaged from the world’s most famous shipwreck is causing concerns for a local museum official. Concerns serious enough the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will never consider hosting the Titanic relics — even as a temporary exhibit. "No maritime museum in the world that is part of the (International Congress of Maritime Museums) would display any of these items," the museum’s registrar Lynn-Marie Richard said in a recent interview.

Titanic's Wallace Hartley Honoured By Pendle Composer
(6 Jan 2012, BBC News)
A Lancashire composer has revealed a musical tribute to the leader of the band on the Titanic, Wallace Hartley. Peter Young from Earby, Pendle decided to compose a four movement concerto to celebrate the bravery of the Colne-born violinist in the ship's centenary year. Wallace Hartley and his band continued to play as the ship sank off the coast of Newfoundland in April 1912. Mr Young said he was "honoured to compose a piece about Colne's famous son, who died so tragically".

'Titanic' Postcard Expected To Make €5000 At Auction
(6 Jan 2012, Irish Times)
A postcard sent from a passenger on the Titanic to his father in Scotland has turned up in a Dublin salesroom and will be auctioned later this month. It had been stamped and put in the mail box on the ship and taken ashore at Queenstown, now Cobh, in Cork. It is expected to make €5,000 – or more given the worldwide interest generated by centenary commemorations of the maritime disaster. In a brief, poignant message Andrew Johnston wrote to his “Dear Father” to apologise that he “had not time to write before we sailed” and that “we don’t get to New York till Wednesday next so I will write when we get there." He never did.

Titanic Artifacts Up For Auction: Casual Buyers Need Not Inquire
(5 Jan 2011, Los Angeles Times)
For one thing, the items — more than 5,000 of them — must be sold in bulk, Ettinger said at a news conference announcing the auction, held just up the Hudson River from where the Titanic was due to dock in April 1912. That means the gold coins, the perfectly preserved demitasses, and the man's vest with buttons still attached will come with a 17-ton hulk of hull and no shortage of other items better suited for a shipyard than a collector's coffee table.

Queen's Visit Set To Crown Titanic Year As City Comes Into Its Own (2 Jan 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
This year marks the centenary of the ill-fated voyager's maiden journey on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people perished in the disaster when the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time went down after striking an iceberg when travelling between Southampton and New York. Nearly 35,000 Titanic enthusiasts have already pre-ordered tickets to tour a new £90m visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner. More than 400,000 are expected to pay a visit in its first year when Titanic Belfast is launched in March.

Flares And Gun Salute In Cork Pay Tribute To Lost Lives Of 'Titanic'(1 Jan 2012, Irish Times)
One hundred and twenty-three flares were released from Spike Island in Co Cork to commemorate the individuals who boarded the ill-fated Titanic from nearby Cobh on April 11th, 1912. When the Titanic struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic four days later, it sank with the loss of over 1,500 lives, including 79 of those who boarded in Cobh. Among those who died was a Cobh native, able seaman Lionel Leonard, who travelled as a third-class passenger. Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic , will host a year-long series of events and activities that will commemorate the centenary of the legacy of the Titanic and the people associated with it.



FEBRUARY

Titanic Auction Interest Rises As 100th Mark Nears
(28 Feb 2012, The Associated Press)
The Guernsey auction is also offering first-of-its-kind archaeological data and images of the wreck, as well as the only detailed map of the debris field on the ocean floor. It's about 2-by-3 miles. The intellectual property includes more than 1,000 hours of film footage showing where the artifacts were gathered, 400,000 still images and 3-D footage of the Titanic's bow and stern, said Brian Wainger, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions. The buyer could also have the opportunity to become the steward of the wreck site itself.

Titanic Letter Up For Sale At LI Auction(26 Feb 2012, Newsday)
The descendants of a surgeon who died on the Titanic nearly 100 years ago are appealing for a benefactor to purchase a soon-to-be-auctioned letter he wrote from the doomed ship -- and return it to the city where the vessel was built. A two-page note John Edward Simpson wrote to his mother days before the ship sank in 1912 is expected to fetch at least $50,000 at the auction this week by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside. Simpson's great-nephew John Martin said yesterday that the family can't afford to buy it, but would love to see it back in Belfast. "It would be great if a donor or benefactor could be found who would purchase and return it to Northern Ireland for public display," he said.

Titanic Wave Of Memories, Marketing On Centennial
(25 Feb 2012, San Francisco Chronicle)
A Titanic wave of myth, memory and moneymaking is about to wash and slosh over the planet. There may be no escape. In some places, the frenzy already has begun. At Titanic: The Experience in Orlando, a "Jack and Rose look-alike contest" was held this month - in honor, or promotion, of the characters in the 1997 hit movie, which is returning in 3-D format in time for the anniversary. At Titanic Branson in Missouri, which also hosts weddings and Titanic Princess Tea Parties, an actress playing a shipboard maid is reading one story a day of a survivor or victim in a 100-day webcast countdown to the anniversary. New museums have sprouted - in Belfast, where the ship was built, and Southampton, England, from which it sailed - and exhibits have settled into place from Las Vegas to Bangkok.

Keen Interest At Titanic Honour And Glory Exhibiton
(25 Feb 2012, Carrickfergus Times)
The Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition, which runs until April 28, was officially launched at a reception on Thursday evening. The touring exhibition features a number of artefacts from the infamous liner, including a teddy bear owned by a crew member and a lifeboat name plate, as well as items from a number of White Star Line’s other ships. “Many of those who worked in the Harland and Wolff shipyards at the time the Titanic was built were from Carrickfergus,” said local Councillor Alderman Sean Neeson. “The exhibition really strengthens the town’s connection to the Titanic and there seems to be great interest in it already.”

Titanic Experience Opens In Cobh
(24 Feb 2012, Cork News)
The Titanic Experience Cobh has opened its doors to the public, telling the story of the White Star Line’s largest passenger steamliner, through the eyes of the Irish passengers who travelled on the most famous maiden voyage in history. Visitors are transported back in time with the help of engaging audio and innovative video as well as touch screen technology from the moment they “board” the experience and receive their authentic ticket, personalised with real passenger details.

Success For Titanic Plaque Campaign (23 Feb 2012, Eastbourne Today)
Back in September the Herald helped local man Peter Goldsmith launch his fundraising drive after he became fed-up at the state of disrepair the current plaque, at the Eastbourne Bandstand. It pays tribute to John Wesley Woodward, a cellist in the ship’s orchestra who 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. Last week he revealed he had hit his target after donations flooded in from generous Herald readers. In fact, not only did he net £1,200, but he also topped the revised estimate of £1,800 which was recalculated after it became obvious that surrounding granite also required attention.

Menu Of Last Lunch Served On Titanic Set To Fetch $157, 000 At Auction (21 Feb 2012, Fox News)
A menu of the last lunch served to first-class passengers onboard the Titanic is expected to sell for $157,960 at a UK auction. The lunch menu, dated April 14, 1912, was on the table of passenger Dr. Washington Dodge, a banker from San Francisco who was traveling to the US with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Jr. Their last lunch featured several courses, including egg, chicken, beef, grilled mutton chops, desserts and a selection of eight cheeses.

Atlanta Selected As One Of Eight Cities To Host Titanic Exhibition
(21 Feb 2012, Duluth Weekly)
Due to popular demand, Georgia will become one of eight cities to host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during its 100 year anniversary. This unique experience will feature more than 200 artifacts, 100 recently conserved and displayed for the first time. Through these advanced conservation efforts, the Georgia exhibition will also unveil new findings that help piece together untold stories of Titanic’s passengers and crew, which were once thought to be lost with great ocean liner. The exhibition opens on 6 April 2012. Tickets begin selling on 5 Mar 2012. For information on ticket prices, hours of operation, and how to get there, go to www.TitanicAtlanta.com.

Titanic Events Should Draw Global Audience To Halifax
(20 Feb 2012, Daily Business Buzz - Nova Scotia)
At a media launch at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Thursday, the province and HRM unveiled their plans. Ken Pinto, executive director of Titanic 100, has said he has been entrusted with $200,000 for the commemoration. The province would not say how much it was budgeting. 

Part of the money will be spent on a wake/walk April 14, on what Pinto calls “Titanic Eve,” and then a “Night of the Bells” timed with the Titanic hitting an iceberg early April 15. “We’re planning to have several churches ring their bells at 12:20 a.m. Then all the ships in the harbour will sound their horns,” he said. 

The Errors That Sank The Titanic(19 Feb 2012, Express.co.uk)
As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the titanic on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912 approaches a fascinating new book details the blame that went on in the aftermath of the tragedy. Historian Allen Gibson has meticulously pieced together thousands of illuminating facts in The Unsinkable Titanic, which clearly show that blunders by the captain Edward Smith and White Star Line boss Bruce Ismay led to the destruction of the “indestructible”. The work is timely because of last month’s Costa Concordia tragedy off Giglio Island in Italy, following which the actions of captain Francesco Schettino and the conduct of the cruise liner’s owners are now being scrutinised, just as Smith and Ismay’s actions were a century ago.

Seeing The Titanic Through The Eyes Of A Grandchild
(19 Feb 2012, Edmonton Journal)
Nicholas has had a very keen interest in the Titanic for the past three years, and has read extensively about the 1912 sinking of the ship, so it was natural to take him to the Titanic exhibit during its final weekend. We weren’t the only family with the idea. Steve Baker, chief operating officer of the Telus science centre, was busy directing traffic in the lobby. He said admission numbers were through the roof on the weekend and set some records. Off we went to the Imax Theatre for a film about three scientists who went down to the ocean floor to search the remaining parts of the Titanic, the ocean liner that sank. Nicholas’ brown eyes were wider than normal as he took everything in.

Titanic' Survival: Samford University Professor Writes Of Her Great Uncle's Great Adventure
(19 Feb 2012, The Birmingham News - al.com)
Days earlier, the 26-year-old Caldwell, traveling with his wife, Sylvia, and 10-month-old son Alden, had toured the engine room of the massive ship, eventually talking a coal stoker into taking a picture of him with the stoker’s shovel. Minutes after the Titanic hit the iceberg, Caldwell was on the deck. The ship seemed stable, and he was fretting about putting his wife and son on a lifeboat — he couldn’t see the water below, and his wife had a history of seasickness. “And then here appeared a bunch of stokers from below,” says Julie Hedgepeth Williams. “One of them recognized him from the day he took the photograph and locked eyes with him, addressing him by name: ‘Mr. Caldwell, if you value your life, get off this ship. I’ve seen the hull below, and it’s filling with water.’”

Titanic Survivor's Belongings Find Their Way From Texas To Sligo(18 Feb 2012, Irish Central)
Margaret Devaney tightly gripped a tiny pen-knife her 12-year-old brother, John, gave her as a farewell present just before she sat into the pony cart that took her to Ballisodare railway station 100 years ago for a train to the Titanic. His parting words to his 19-year-old sister, as each wondered tearfully when they might meet again, were that the knife would be useful to cut fruit on her journey to New York. Neither realized that in just a few days the knife would play a vital role in saving 32 lives. The knife was discovered last weekend by this reporter in time for a commemoration in April of the sinking of the ship. The commemoration is planned by the Sligo shop, Barton Smith, where the knife was repaired just months before the Titanic disaster.

A Colossal Tribute To Titanic(18 Feb 2012, Irish Times)
elfast has a story to tell. On the site of the city’s old Harland Wolff shipyard, now the expanding Titanic Quarter, a new structure has risen. Covered in 3,000 aluminium panels, reflecting water and shimmering light whenever the sun chooses to shine on the city, the building will soon be home to an exhibition on the construction, and the sinking, of the Titanic . Project manager Noel Molloy notes parallels between the creation of the Titanic and the new building that commemorates the ship. “We started in May 2009, roughly the keel of the Titanic was made in May 1909,” he says. “The fit-out of the ship was in May 1911, and ours was more or less the same time. The maiden voyage was on April 2nd, 1912 – we’ll be open on March 31st, 2012.” And that is where he wants the similarities to end.

£5 Coin Marks Titanic Centenary(18 Feb 2012, The Press Association)
The Royal Mint has released a £5 coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage in 1912. Royal Mint engraver Lee Robert Jones's design depicts Thane, the female figure depicted in the Titanic Memorial in Belfast, looking down at the world-famous profile of the ship sailing through the Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic Memorial by Sir Thomas Brock depicts the goddess of death, who is variously called Thane or Fortuna, receiving the body of a seaman from two mermaids.

Titanic's St Ives Victims Remembered
(16 Feb 2012, This is Cornwall)
The exhibition, in the Western Hotel, will show what happened to them, together with scenes from St Ives Past. Ivy Trevarthen, volunteer with St Ives Archive, said: "Of seven people who originated from St Ives only three survived. "Agnes Davies was travelling with her two sons to join another son in Michigan. Only Agnes and John made it, as Richard was not allowed into the lifeboat. "Agnes' friend, Maude Sincock was travelling with them to meet up with her father and her mother's family while her mother stayed behind in Halsetown. Maude also survived, registered as having died in Houghton County, Michigan in 1984." Of the four who drowned, only one body was brought back to St Ives – William Carbines was returned to his home by the shipping company.

Relics Add To Titanic Attraction On International Drive In Orlando(16 Feb 2012, Orlando Sentinel
Among the relics I found intriguing were an electric heater, a "speaking tube" used to communicate between decks, pieces of chandeliers, a marble sink fragment with water faucet, bed-frame fragments, a crystal candy dish, paper goods such as playing cards and postcards, a spittoon, champagne and two lumps of coal that "were intended to propel the Titanic across the ocean."That description seemed a bit overblown because the ship had 6,000 tons of coal.

100 Years On, Titanic Puts Spotlight Once Again On Halifax(16 Feb 2012, The Epoch Times)
Being the nearest major port, Halifax played a key role in the tragedy’s aftermath and the city became the focal point of the world’s grief. The rescue and recovery mission was organized from Halifax, and the city has several sites connected to the Titanic, the most poignant being the graves of victims that were recovered by Halifax-based ships. Of the 209 bodies that were brought to Halifax, 59 were shipped elsewhere by train to their families while 150 were laid to rest in three local cemeteries. With 121 graves, Fairview Lawn Cemetery has more Titanic victims interred than any other cemetery in the world. The graves are laid out in a curved shape, suggesting the outline of the bow of a ship.

Titanic Survivor's Relative Recounts The Tragedy To Stoke Newington School Kids(13 Feb 2012, Hackney Gazette)
The great-grandaughter of a hero who operated the wireless on the sinking Titanic described the tragedy to Stoke Newington schoolchildren last week. Jessica Wilson, 25, read the children from Jubilee School in Filey Avenue an article her great-grandfather, Harold Bride, had written for the New York Times after surviving the shipwreck. “It was a story of friendship as although they only knew each other on the ship they were the last two left on the ship,” she added. Mr Bride escaped in a lifeboat but sadly realised Philips had drowned when he was pulled aboard.

Film Of Titanic Captain Edward Smith At Potteries Museum(11 Feb 2012, BBC News)
Rare film showing the captain of the Titanic is being shown as part of an exhibition in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent. The archive film shows Captain Edward John Smith on board Titanic's sister ship the Olympic. Captain Smith, who died when the Titanic sank in 1912, was born in Hanley. The exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery looks at the links between Stoke-on-Trent and the liner.

Carnival To Mark Centenary Of Titanic Sinking Slammed As 'Insensitive
'(11 Feb 2012, Daily Mail)
A £2million carnival to mark the centenary of the Titanic's sinking has been condemned as ‘insensitive’ and in ‘bad taste’ by a relative of the shipping magnate who built the liner. ‘There is a line you can cross in making something considered as a fitting tribute,’ Mr Ismay said. ‘With the plans for this "sea odyssey" that line has been crossed with incredibly bad taste. ‘Spectacular and celebration are two words that should not be used in connection with the loss of RMS Titanic. ‘The words remembrance and memorial would be more fitting. There are still a lot of people around who lost relatives aboard the Titanic. ‘I don’t like the idea of commemorating the loss of lives and the sinking of Titanic with a parade. It really is very insensitive.’

Archive To Tell Story Of Town's Titanic Seven
(11 Feb 2012,This is Cornwall)
The tales of people from West Cornwall caught up in one of the world's worst maritime disasters are set to be told at a special event. Seven people from St Ives were listed among more than 2,000 passengers when the Titanic set sail on April 14, 1912. The ship struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Three of the people from St Ives survived and the story of the small Cornish town's involvement in the disaster will be at the heart of an event held by the St Ives Archive.

Appetite For 'Titanic' Experience Sated As Last Supper Recreated(10 Feb 2012, Irish Times)
All 60 tickets for the black-tie dinner on March 21st have been “snapped up” without any effort, according to Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s (GMIT) culinary arts lecturer Noel Loughnane. A self-confessed Titanic buff, he came up with the idea as a fundraiser for the RNLI Galway lifeboat. He researched details of all 11 courses, with different wines for each, and priced it at €100 a head. In a slight shifting of the Titanic serving order, guests will be issued with boarding passes and will be served oysters and champagne on arrival. Hors d’oeuvres will be asparagus salad with champagne saffron vinaigrette, followed by duet of consommé Olga and cream of barley soup.

Titanic Exhibit At Wellington Museum
(9 Feb 2012, Guelph Mercury)
As the 100th anniversary of the terrible tragedy approaches, Wellington County Museum and Archives has put together an exhibit that highlights the life and death of Thomson Beattie, originally of Fergus, who died when the “unsinkable” ship went down. “We don’t have any artifacts from the Titanic, but we’re telling Thomson Beattie’s story with letters and photographs and artifacts from Fergus,” explained Susan Dunlop, curator at the museum. “It’s an interesting story. It kind of makes you believe in fate.”

Titanic Hero That Time Forgot(8 Feb 2012, Glasgow Evening Times)
When the ship hit the iceberg, Reverend Harper woke up his daughter, wrapped her in a blanket and carried her up to A deck. There, he kissed her goodbye and handed her to a crewman who put her into lifeboat 11 with Jessie. Then he went back into the ship. “There are survivors’ accounts of how he tried to help other passengers, and a book, The Titanic’s Last Hero, includes testimonies about what happened as the ship went down,” explains church secretary Jim Wylie. “The story is probably better known in America, where there were many newspaper articles about this minister from Glasgow coming to preach in Chicago who died on the Titanic trying to save others.”

Liverpool Sea Odyssey Event Brings Community Groups Together To Remember Titanic
(7 Feb 2012, Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool's Sea Odyssey street tribute to the Titanic will see 70 community groups in Merseyside join together to make the event a huge success. North Liverpool will take centre stage for the three-day piece of Titanic street theatre starring a 30ft-tall girl giant. Sea Odyssey will be the largest street spectacle Liverpool has ever seen, and for the first time in the city’s event history, a mass participation programme is underway encouraging every resident, organisation, charity and community group to get involved. The event, taking place in April as part of the UK’s Titanic centenary commemorations, is expected to attract around 250,000 people.

Titanic: Secrets Of The Deep Surface In 'Artifact' Exhibit
(5 Feb 2012, North County Times)
More than 200 original artifacts recovered from the ship's wreckage in the North Atlantic are showcased in "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," opening Friday at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The show runs through Sept. 9, and corresponds with the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner's sinking. The show also coincides with the upcoming release of a 3-D version of James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film "Titanic," the second highest-grossing film of all time.

Nation's Top Ice Carvers Will Compete In Branson
(3 Feb 2012, Springfield News-Leader)
After five years of hosting regionals, Branson has landed the U.S. National Ice Carving Association’s national competition. Other cities were vying for this but Branson won, in part Kellogg believes, because they have spent five years building an audience. “It has been a very successful show during a time when there aren’t a lot of tourists in town, and it brings in tourists and gives the locals something to do,” Kellogg said. And this year will be bigger than ever. Thirty ice carvers will hack away at 39,000 pounds of ice, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday outside the museum. Chainsaws will buzz, ice will fly, and blow torches will help these artists transform their 300-pound blocks of ice into art. The event is free to the public.

Has Violin That Colne Man Played As Titanic Sank Been Found?
(3 Feb 2012, Pendle Today)
An auctioneer has played down reports in the national press this week that a violin discovered could be the one Wallace Hartley played the night the Titanic sank. Alan Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers, from Devizes, Wiltshire, is renowned for handling Titanic artefacts and has urged caution until further laboratory test results are known. A book released last year revealed the story of the violin which had an inscription on it from Mr Hartley’s fiancée Maria Robertson. An unsubstantiated report in a Nova Scotia newspaper at the time of the sinking said Mr Hartley from Colne was found with his violin strapped to his chest but the whereabouts of it have remained a mystery.

Titanic Descendant Takes Stage In Vermont Musical(2 Feb 2012, BurlingtonFreePress.com)
Invariably, when Astor replies, it’s something along the lines of “Yeah, I’m related — it’s a long story.” Of course it’s a long story, considering that the original John Jacob Astor made a fortune in the fur trade by the 19th century, his heir John Jacob Astor IV drowned in the waters near Newfoundland a century ago, and the story of the Titanic and the ship’s most famous passenger has thrilled and horrified those who’ve heard it for generations since. It’s a story that’s been in the background of Todd Astor’s life from his early days in New Jersey and his family’s move to Vermont when he was 10 until the present day, which finds him selling insurance and living a soccer-dad lifestyle with his wife and three children in Essex Junction.
MARCH


Derelict Shipyard Where Titanic Was Built Revitalised For 100th Anniversary
(31 Mar 2012, Daily Mail)
Its opening was attended by dignitaries, politicians and a 105-year-old who watched the fateful journey begin more than a century ago. Cyril Quigley, who saw the Titanic launch with his parents at four years old, said the new building at the old Harland and Wolff shipyard was 'our Sydney Opera House.' "My father and mother took me to Workman and Clark shipyard which is on the opposite side (of Belfast Lough) to watch the launch," said Mr Quigley. 'That was better than all the people in Harland and Wolff watching it because of the crowds. 'I just saw a mass of metal in the gantries that they built for it and all I saw was this big thing sliding out into the water. I was only four and half.'

Last Lunch Menu From Titanic Sells For $120,000
(31 Mar 2012, msnbc.com)
A first-class menu from the Titanic's last lunch sold Saturday for £ 76,000 pounds, about $120,000, the auction house said. The menu bears the date April 14, the day in 1912 that the reputedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic. The disaster left 1,500 people dead. Devizes, England-based auctioneer Henry Aldrige & Son said the menu is one of the "rarest items of Titanic memorabilia to be sold in recent years," adding it made its way off the ship in purse of the wife of prominent San Francisco banker Washington Dodge.

Titanic: From The Deep To The Auction House
(30 Mar 2012, Wall Street Journal)   
Within the field of marine memorabilia, Titanic-related objects have long topped collectors' wish lists, with pieces selling for anywhere from $200 for a ship postcard to $100,000 for an original menu. A few works were carried off the ship by survivors or collected by rescue ships. Since the artifacts in the Guernsey's sale were recovered by divers working for the site's official overseer, they've never been traded in the marketplace before. Mr. Joslyn said he knows a dozen collectors who can spend "serious money" on Titanic memorabilia, but he doesn't think any of them can spend close to Guernsey's $190 million asking price for the entire group. He said the auction house is likely seeking bidders among the world's billionaires in the hope that someone will buy the Titanic and give it to an institution like the Smithsonian. "It's not like buying a Monet to hang on your walls," he added. "You're going to need a major warehouse and staff to care for it all."

He Survived The Titanic Shipwreck, And Became A Manchester Legend
(29 Mar 2012, Jewish Community Online)
Years before James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster and ITV's Titanic drama, Joseph Abraham Hyman opened a kosher delicatessen in the run-down area of Cheetham Hill, north Manchester. Just a year earlier, he had been rescued from the freezing North Atlantic. It did not take long before people began to stop and point in the street at the young father - "That's the man from the Titanic" - disregarding the shop's formal name to call the business Titanics, which became Manchester's longest-running kosher shop.

A Myth Turns 100: Titanic Still Fascinates World
(29 Mar 2012, monstersandcritics.com)
The world has seen many other shipping catastrophes over the past century, but nothing exercises the same sort of fascination as the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. The numerous films, books, photographs and exhibitions mean that most people have particular images in mind when they hear the name. Sometimes these associations correspond with the truth, while often they are myths that have become established down the decades. It is not only Hollywood's imaginations that have been overactive. News of the recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Italian coast had scarcely been reported when comparisons were being made with the Titanic.

Taunton Woman Displays Photos Of Recovered Items From Titanic Wreckage
(28 Mar 2012, wickedlocal.com)
She said her daughter, Donna, played a peripheral role in the discovery mission, based out of Woods Hole, that found the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. Donna Fernandes, who now lives in Mattapoissett, worked for U.S. Customs to inspect the Knorr, the discovery vessel involved in the discovery of the sunken Titanic, when it returned afterwards, Fernandes said. Fernandes got her pictures from Woods Hole after the discovery. She said her daughter got to see all the artifacts discovered.

Museum Tells Story Of Titanic Survivor Molly Brown
(26 Mar 2012, BusinessWeek)
The museum, a few blocks from the state Capitol, is offering Titanic-themed tours this year and some recent visitors sang songs from the musical on the front porch as they waited to begin. At the end, they were surprised to learn that Brown, despite having just an eighth-grade education, spoke several languages -- which came in handy with the Titanic's international collection of passengers -- and had planned to take another trip on the Titanic, in part to take advantage of its well-stocked library. Some of her own books are included in the museum's library, which like the rest of the home is lit by dim 15-watt bulbs like the ones she used. Upstairs, there's a copy of Brown's Titanic insurance claim, recording the loss of items including 14 hats, "street furs" and a $20,000 necklace. There are no Titanic items in the stone Victorian -- which was saved from demolition in 1970 -- thought there is a binnacle, a nonmagnetic stand that held navigational instruments, from the Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic.

Why The Titanic Still Fascinates Us
(24 Mar 2012, Daily News & Analysis-from the U.K. Daily Telegraph)
The centenary "celebrations" of Titanic's sinking have set sail with almost as much fanfare as the doomed ship. Next week a pounds 100 million museum is opening in Belfast, one of more than 200 around the world. Next month, James Cameron's epic pounds 120 million, 194-minute film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is returning to cinema screens in 3D. And for those who can't wait that long, tomorrow (Sunday) sees the first episode of a much-heralded four-part drama on Britain's ITV, a relative minnow with a budget of only pounds 11 million.

Titanic Legacy: Turning Tragedy Into Ticket Sales
(24 Mar 2012, Denver Post)
Stage plays, novels, popular music, dance — all have found inspiration in the story of the ill-fated White Star liner. Museums around the country and around the world exhibit supposed artifacts rescued from the wreck, from Mrs. Astor's life preserver to menus from the First Class dining room. There's even a Titanic-shaped museum in the country-kitsch capital of Branson, Mo., that features an installation dedicated to the dogs that went down with the ship. When does a tragedy become a touchpoint — not just for reflection, but for unapologetic entertainment? In the case of RMS Titanic, it didn't take long. And iceberg or no iceberg, our fascination shows no sign of slowing down.

Titanic Launch Day Ticket From Belfast To Go Under The Hammer In New York
(24 Mar 2012, Irish Central)
On offer is one remarkably well preserved ticket to the original launch of the Titanic in Belfast on May 31, 1911. Wildly sought after by collectors, the ticket could fetch up to $100,000 when it goes under the hammer in New York next month. To be offered for sale at Bonhams on Sunday, April 15 in the year of the 100 anniversary of the ship’s sinking, the ticket is particularly rare because it was unused by the invitee and the stub is still attached. The Belfast Telegraph reports that other sought after items of memorabilia from the ship are coming to market ahead of its centenary, and some of the extraordinary offerings include a piece of the actual ship raised from the seabed and currently valued at up to $44 million. The English auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told the Telegraph he is witnessing 'unprecedented interest' in memorabilia from the tragic liner.

Titanic Survivors Told Investigators The Truth, City Tech Professor Says
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23 Mar 2012, New York Daily News)
A professor at downtown Brooklyn’s City Tech is trying to vindicate survivors of the Titanic whose testimony was discredited after its sinking a century ago. Fifteen eyewitnesses told investigators the mighty ship broke in two before its death plunge into the icy North Atlantic. Politicians in the United States and Great Britain who led disaster probes did not believe them — and sided with the Titanic’s highest-ranking surviving officer, who said it slid into the sea in one piece. “It’s like seeing someone in trouble and being able to help,” New York City College of Technology Prof. Rich Woytowich, 61, said about his high-tech defense of the now-dead witnesses. Just ahead of the 100th anniversary of the sinking on April 15, he and a colleague will present a computer model showing the Titanic split apart on its way to its watery grave makes perfect sense.

Titanic Bandleader's Letter Among NH Auction Items(23 Mar 2012, BusinessWeek)
"I see documents and handwritten letters every day and that one just blows me away," said Bobby Livingston, vice president of Amherst-based RRAuction. "It's amazing to have the last letter home from the guy in the band that played on." Livingston said he believes the Hartley letter will be the highlight of the online action. It's expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000. Bidding opens April 19 and closes April 26. Also being auctioned is a pay slip issued to "able-bodied seaman" Frank Oliver Evans -- a crew member who survived after helping load passengers into lifeboats. He was one of only 18 crew members who participated in the lifeboat drill on April 10, 1912 -- the day the Titantic departed Southampton, England, bound for New York City.

In Hearings, Titanic's Story Took Shape
(23 Mar 2012, New York Times)
Before any of the passengers had gotten off, a United States senator from Michigan rushed up the gangplank and went directly to the cabin of J. Bruce Ismay, the chairman of White Star and a survivor. As the Carpathia approached New York, Mr. Ismay had sent wireless messages to shore, trying to arrange a ship to take the surviving crew and himself back to England immediately. But the senator, William Alden Smith, informed Mr. Ismay that he was heading a special inquiry with the aim of learning what had happened and why 1,517 people, most of the Titanic’s passengers and crew, had perished. The next morning, those hearings began in the East Room of the Waldorf-Astoria.

Titanic Victims Find Peace In Halifax
(22 Mar 2012, USA TODAY)
You know when you're in the White Star Line plot at Fairview Lawn Cemetery because the tombstones are lined up in military precision. There are 121 of them, all bearing the identical date of death: April 15, 1912. On a gray, drizzly day, retired school principal Glenn Taylor pauses before a stone inscribed J. Dawson. The grass in front is trampled. Faded flowers lie at its base. It has been this way since 1997, when Titanic first hit theaters. "The gardeners can't get the grass to grow since the movie came out," Taylor says. "People think the J. Dawson buried here was the basis for Leonardo DiCaprio's character (Jack Dawson). He wasn't. This was 23-year-old Irishman Joseph Dawson, a coal trimmer on the Titanic."

RMS Titanic Inc. Teams Up With QVC
(20 Mar 2012, MarketWatch)
RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions. Inc., a leading presenter of museum quality touring exhibitions around the world, announced today that the company will enter into a relationship with QVC™, Inc., one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. As the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck site of Titanic, RMS Titanic, Inc. will work closely with QVC to design several Titanic-inspired products including jewelry, home goods, giftware and a fragrance, "Legacy 1912--Titanic.(TM)" RMS Titanic Inc.'s venture with QVC is the first external retail agreement the company has ever granted the rights to in terms of reproducing Titanic's artifacts or using them as inspiration for additional products.

Eat Like It's Your Last Meal With Titanic Menu
(19 Mar 2012, Denver Post)
Inspired by the the voyage that gave Margaret Tobin Brown the sobriquet "unsinkable," Denver's Molly Brown House Museum plans to re-create the ship's last night at the historic Oxford Hotel, where a quartet from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will serenade diners through a six-course meal. We don't know if Molly Brown joined traveling companions John Jacob and Madeleine Astor in the exclusive a la carte restaurant or the larger first-class dining "saloon." But we can assume that after the multi-course dinner, she loosened her corset before lying down to read. "I stretched on the brass bed, at the side of which was a lamp. So completely absorbed in my reading I gave little thought to the crash that struck at my window overhead and threw me to the floor," she told the Newport Herald after the disaster.

Travel: Belfast Wagers On Titanic's Unsinkable Appeal(18 Mar 2012, Press of Atlantic City)
Northern Ireland's capital, scarred by 30 years of Catholic-Protestant violence and mired in Europe's economic doldrums, is gambling on a gleaming new Titanic tourist attraction to bring it fame beyond the Troubles - and a renewed sense of civic pride. Tying the city's name to a sinking ship is not, apparently, a problem. "What happened to the Titanic was a disaster," said Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, a 100 million pound ($160 million) visitor attraction due to open March 31, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. "But the ship wasn't." Colin Cobb, a Titanic expert who leads walking tours of the docks and slipways where the great ship was built a century ago, puts it even more succinctly: "Tragedy plus time equals tourism." Celebrating the ship and its builders is the aim of Titanic Belfast, a shiny new "visitor experience" - don't call it a museum - whose four prow-like wings jut jauntily skyward beside the River Lagan on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Titanic Ghosts Still Lie On The Ocean Floor(
17 Mar 2012, Toronto Star)
On a ship as vast as Titanic, a monument to the machine age, there’s something oddly fitting about the smallest items — the chairs and pots and bottles — being the most arresting links to human life, as if the micro were the only way we could ever come to terms with the sheer scale of the disaster.

Titanic Anniversary: The Irish Village Where The Suffering Still Runs Deep(
17 Mar 2012, The Guardian)
As the sound echoes across the slopes of Nephin mountain and the surrounding boglands, residents gather in the churchyard to remember the night that changed the parish for ever. It was at this exact time that RMS Titanic disappeared into the inky waters of the Atlantic. The parish was then home to just a few hundred people, but 14 of them were on board the Titanic. It is believed to have been the greatest loss from the disaster suffered by any area. As the 100th anniversary approaches, residents say that it is impossible not to feel a connection with those emigrants who set out from the village a century ago – only three of the 14 survived and just one returned, though only briefly. Their loss is still felt keenly.

The Sun, The Moon And The Titanic(
17 Mar 2012, CNN)
Try this analogy (thanks to Veritasium.com): if the Earth were the size of a basketball, the moon would be a tennis ball about 24 feet away, and the Sun would be like a house nearly two miles away. To the sun, the Earth is a tiny speck: its diameter is less than 0.01% of the Earth-sun distance. But the size of the Earth is a few percent of the distance to the moon, which translates to about a 7% stronger gravitational pull on the near side of the Earth than the far side. That's why the moon dominates the Earth's tides. Still, when the sun lines up perfectly on the opposite side of the Earth from the moon, as it did on January 4, 1912, it increases the tidal effect slightly. And the fact that the sun and moon were particularly close to the Earth at precisely the same time -- well, that made the tidal bulges even bigger.

Marking The 100th Anniversary Of The Titanic Disaster(17 Mar 2012, Montreal Gazette)
Several places are hosting special events to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic ocean liner off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland on the night of April 14 to 15, 1912. Of the reported 2,228 people on board, 1,518 perished. If you want to mark the occasion in person and make an educational trip out of it with your family, there are lots of options for lodging at affordable prices.

Lost Titanic Tale Resurfaces(
17 Mar 2012, New York Post)
The tome was recently unearthed by Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review, who recalled a family tie he had to the Titanic after Luke Pontifell, who runs handmade-book publisher Thornwillow Press, said he wished he could track down documents from the ship. “Suddenly, I half-remembered that a distant cousin of mine had written an eyewitness account and had given my great-grandfather a copy,” Stein said. “My mother found the book in my grandfather’s library when he died.”


Titanic Letter Returning To Belfast
(12 Mar 2012, BBC News)
It was feared the letter would never return to Belfast after it was put up for auction in New York earlier this month with a reserve price of $34,000 (£21,692). However, it failed to reach its reserve and an anonymous benefactor stepped in to ensure the letter returned to Dr Simpson's and Titanic's hometown. After hearing about a campaign by relatives of the surgeon to bring the letter back to Belfast where the Titanic was built, the donor bought it for the city. Dr Simpson's great-nephew Dr John Martin said he was happy the letter was coming back to where it belonged.

Titanic Task For Colne Museum Curator(11 Mar 2012, Lancashire Telegraph)
Nigel Hampson, who runs the Titanic in Lancashire museum, is facing a race against time to research all passengers and crew before the 100th anniversary of the tragedy on April 15. Out of a total 2227 passengers and crew only 705 people survived the sinking. Mr Hampson said: “It all started because the Titanic bandmaster, Wallace Hartley came from Colne. “As a collector of Titanic memorabilia, I started to realise that our county has many more Titanic connections.

Titanic Historical Society To Unveil Memorial In Springfield's Oak Grove Cemetery
(11 Mar 2012, MassLive.com)
“The Titanic Historical Society originally planned to place this $35,000 memorial of polished black granite in honor of all who perished and especially Milton Long and Jane Carr in Springfield Cemetery, but were turned down by the general manager and board of directors as they did not deem the project worthwhile to the city and the cemetery,” Phaneuf said. “We ultimately selected Oak Grove Cemetery and were welcomed with a beautiful site that was donated, that will be seen and enjoyed by visitors for future generations.”

Godalming Museum Celebrates Titanic Hero Jack Phillips(11 Mar 2012, BBC)
Events in and around Godalming will culminate on 15 April with a memorial service at the Phillips family grave and a peal of bells at the Church of St Peter and St Paul. An Edwardian picnic is being held later the same day near the town's bandstand. A five year programme of work to restore and enhance the Phillips Memorial Park and Cloister is under way with the help of a £335,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Full Titanic Wreck Site Is Mapped For 1st Time
(8 Mar 2012, Wall Street Journal (via AP)
Researchers have pieced together what's believed to be the first comprehensive map of the entire 3-mile (4.8 kilometer)-by-5-mile (8-kilometer) Titanic debris field and hope it will provide new clues about what exactly happened the night 100 years ago when the superliner hit an iceberg, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic and became a legend. Marks on the muddy ocean bottom suggest, for instance, that the stern rotated like a helicopter blade as the ship sank, rather than plunging straight down, researchers told The Associated Press this week. An expedition team used sonar imaging and more than 100,000 photos taken from underwater robots to create the map, which shows where hundreds of objects and pieces of the presumed-unsinkable vessel landed after striking an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 people.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" Comes To Houston Museum Of Natural Science(5 Mar 2012, Your Houston News)
The Houston Museum of Natural Science will host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during the 100th anniversary of the Ship’s sinking, featuring 250 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic that have never been seen in Houston. The blockbuster Exhibition will open March 16 and be on view for six months. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition allows guests to experience the legend of the grand Ship like never before.

Historical Society Re-Creates Titanic's Last Dinner
(4 Mar 2012, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Titanic history buffs will have a chance to travel back in time and participate in a re-creation of the last dinner served on the luxury liner. The Greater Monessen Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 14 with a benefit dinner at Jozwiak Hall at the St. Vincent DePaul Society building on Grand Boulevard in Monessen. Tickets are $40 and available by calling the museum at 724-684-8460. Cocktail hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m. Ragtime music will be played. Proceeds will benefit the heritage museum.

Did The Titanic Sink Because Of An Optical Illusion?(March 2012, Smithsonian)
An unusual optical phenomenon explains why the Titanic struck an iceberg and received no assistance from a nearby ship, according to new research by British historian Tim Maltin. Atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction, Maltin found. This extraordinary bending of light causes miraging, which, he discovered, was recorded by several ships in the area. He says it also prevented the Titanic’s lookouts from seeing the iceberg in time and the freighter Californian from identifying the ocean liner and communicating with it. A 1992 British government investigation suggested that super refraction may have played a role in the disaster, but that possibility went unexplored until Maltin mined weather records, survivors’ testimony and long-forgotten ships’ logs.

Optical Illusions Might Have Sunk Titanic And Delayed Rescue Times [Theory](4 Mar 2012, The Inquisitr)
Reported in Smithsonian Magazine the theory points to a phenomenon called “super refraction.” That process occurs when the bending of lights cause mirages. The theory states that during that tragic night in 1912 super refraction prevented the Titanic’s crew from seeing the iceberg in time while also preventing the nearby crewmen on the ship Californian from quickly realizing that the cruise ship was in danger. The theory would mesh with reports from the Californian’s crew that they were “unsure of what they saw” when the Titanic fired distress rockets into the nighttime sky.

Belfast Titanic Letter Fails To Sell At Long Island Auction
(4 Mar 2012,  Long Island Report)
The bidding started at $27,000. Within 10 seconds, it was at $33,000. Suddenly silence, no more bids. The auctioneer gave “fair warning” at $33,000, but what he said next drew murmurs from what had all day been a quiet crowd of about 30 bidders. “It’s going to pass at $33,000; it does not find a home today,” announced Philip Weiss, the auctioneer and owner of Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside. The item in question was a handwritten letter from Titanic assistant surgeon Dr John Edward Simpson to his mother in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Titanic Exhibit Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of Ship's Voyage
(3 Mar 2012, Dearborn Press and Guide)
One hundred years ago, Titanic, the world's largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives. To commemorate this significant anniversary, The Henry Ford will host Exhibition of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, in Henry Ford Museum, March 31 through Sept. 30. "We are privileged to host this extraordinary exhibit, especially to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic," said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford.

New Titanic Exhibit Opens Saturday At Union Station
(1 Mar 2012, Kansas City Star)
The life stories of Titanic passengers are the focus of a new exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park, outside Omagh. The exhibition, which explores the stories of the Irish passengers who travelled on Titanic opened Tuesday. Set in the context of European emigration, Titanic: Window on Emigration uncovers the stories of steerage passengers, why they left for America and what happened to many of the 40 Irish survivors. It tells the story of Thomas Morrow, the only third-class passenger on Titanic from Northern Ireland. The Rathfriland man, a senior figure in the Drumlough Loyal Orange Lodge, boarded the ship at Queenstown and died in the sinking.

Relative's Fury Over 'Ghoulish' Titanic Sale(
1 Mar 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
At the time several Titanic survivors and relatives of victims criticised the decision to raise the massive section of hull, appealing for the wreck to be respected as a grave. The piece is one of more than 5,000 artefacts up for sale during the auction in April, which has already stirred up a wealth of interest a century after the luxury liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage. But Susie Millar, whose great-grandfather Thomas Millar helped build the doomed ship before setting sail on its only voyage, said the auction was “absolutely appalling”, adding it was “extremely insensitive” given the centenary commemorations.



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Clive Palmer's Titanic Venture(30 April 2012, Wall Street Journal-blog)
Billionaire Clive Palmer, a 58-year-old native of Australia’s Queensland state who made his fortune in mining, said on Monday that he has invited China’s navy to shepherd the replica “Titanic II”, the flagship of a new fleet of cruise liners that he plans to build, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic scheduled for 2016. The ship, to be built by the Chinese state-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard, will have similar dimensions to the original ill-fated Titanic which struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. “It is going to be designed so it won’t sink,” Mr. Palmer told reporters. “It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

A Titanic Experience Of Artifacts, Stories(28 April 2012, Topeka Capital Journal)
The sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912, is one of the most well-known and romanticized tragedies in history. Now, it’s possible to experience the event first-hand and just in time for its 100th anniversary. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which runs through Sept. 3 at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., features more than 250 authentic artifacts recovered from the ship’s final resting place on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. “One of the most compelling parts of the exhibit is to read the stories of people onboard and to learn why they were on the Titanic,” Joy Torchia, director of strategic marketing at Union Station, said. “For many, they were headed to America to begin a new life. The human stories make everything in the exhibit come alive 100 years later.”

Titanic Event Draws Interest At Allouez Cemetery(27 April 2012, Green Bay Press Gazette)
For those attending, it likely was a memorable event. The action began at 10 p.m. and ended at the gravesite of a victim of the sinking, William E. Minahan, a physician and member of a prominent family. Approximately 100 to 120 people attended. "We had a couple of people who came in costume, dressed in Edwardian clothing," said Michael Troyer. "It was kind of a dramatic event." Michael and daughter Jenna Troyer offered the program previously for Brown County Historical Society. They perform as Dr. Minahan and his sister, Daisy Minahan, respectively. Saturday was different. "Very much so," Michael Troyer said. "When I look back at it, I think I was kind of in a little different state of mind … The emotions were certainly there, talking about the sinking in detail, both for my daughter and myself."

Titanic Band Leader's Final Letter Sells For $154,974(27 April 2012, Chicago Tribune-via Reuters)
A letter written by the British bandleader on the Titanic to his parents in England five-days before the ship struck an iceberg and sank a century ago sold for nearly $155,000 in an online auction on Thursday. An unnamed U.S. investment group bought the letter written by Wallace Hartley, 33, who led the ship's eight-piece band, which played ragtime and other tunes to calm the passengers as the ship slowly slipped beneath the waves of the north Atlantic.

N.C. Museum To Display Titanic Message(27 April 2012, WAVY-TV)
"We were one of the first to receive the distress call and what more appropriate place could you find than the graveyard of the Atlantic," said Clara Scarborough, who works for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Scarborough's museum is where you'll now find the distress call. "It is amazing that it's still legible...," Scarborough added. The years have taken their toll on the logbook entry, but visitors will be able to make out "Titanic" and "...struck iceberg". The fact the document even made it to the museum is simply amazing. "It's the only remaining station log from that crash, so it has considerable historical significance," Scarborough continued. "It was discovered when they were renovating the museum."

Lessons From The Titanic For Today's Kids(27 April 2012, Fox News)
But the real point here is to encourage youngsters and their parents to "journey to new depths of discovery." That includes a 4-D theater where SpongeBob SquarePants takes you and your kids on an undersea adventure, complete with mist and bubbles. Certainly it helps that "Titanic, 12,450 Feet Below" was designed by Tim Delaney, who spent more than three decades at Walt Disney Imagineering designing park attractions around the world. "We want to showcase science and discovery," Delaney said. "But we want to do it in a way that gets kids excited." That includes, he jokes, showing them how being proficient at video games can hone skills needed to control robotic submersibles used in deep sea expeditions. When Dr. Ballard's exploration vessel, Nautilus, is at sea, in fact, a team member monitors the expedition's progress from shore and hosts live shows at the Ocean Exploration Center in the Nautilus Live Theater; Kids may also see what the scientists are seeing in real time from their home and school computers.

Last Letter Of Titanic Victim Goes On Display(27 April 2012, Scotsman)
A day before he boarded Titanic, the 28-year-old electrical engineer, from Glasgow, wrote a letter to his brother Stanley, who lived in Vancouver, Canada, detailing what should be done with his estate in the event of his death. His great-niece, Susan Newman, from Livingston, West Lothian, was yesterday invited to General Register House in Edinburgh, where the letter was discovered among Scotland’s archives earlier this month. The handwritten letter tells Stanley, Mrs Newman’s grand- father, that Douglas’ estate was to be divided between his half- sister Lucie, step-niece Winnie and cousin George Cochrane when he died. It said: “This of course only holds good should I die unmarried or no other Will is made by me. Lucie has instructions to forward you this letter on receipt of official news of my death.” Douglas, who was born in Edinburgh but later moved to Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, left more than £8,500, the equivalent to about £650,000 today.

New Twists On A Titanic Style Meal(26 April 2012, Forbes(
As the world looks back on the 100 years since the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic TravelsinTaste thought it would be interesting to recreate the majority of the 11 course tasting experience, one of only two menus which survived the night, with a modern twist for today’s tastebuds. The dishes won’t be on the original cobalt blue and gold china by Spode, but, if you want, you can have Spode recreate pattern R4331, for a hefty price tag.

8-Year-Old Boy Honors The Titanic(26 April 2012, Bangor Daily News)
Long before the 100-year anniversary hype grew to a frenzy, 8-year-old Nathan Carey had fully immersed himself in the story of the RMS Titanic. Among the numerous commemorations of the Titanic’s tragic end, Nathan’s Titanic remembrance house party is the one I am least likely to forget. In the late winter of 2011, when Nathan was a first grader at Holden Elementary School, he brought a book home from the school library: the Magic Treehouse series book No. 17, “Tonight on the Titanic” by Mary Pope Osborne. That, Nathan explained, was when he first got excited about the Titanic. “So I read it and I’m like, ‘the biggest passenger ship of the time — and it sank!’ I started getting into it and started a collection of books about it,” he said.

Titanic Anniversary Boosts Sales For Classic Book
(24 April 2012, Wall Street Journalfrom AP)
Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember," first published in 1955, will be No. 1 this Sunday on The New York Times' chart of combined print and e-book nonfiction sales. The paperback was published by Henry Holt and Company. The e-book was released last month by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher that says the e-edition has been downloaded around 30,000 times.

Titanic's Sinking Shaped Modern-Day Vessel Construction Practices
(22 April 2012, NOLA.com)
"The understanding they had at the time of the watertight compartments was correct," McKesson said, "but then there's more to it; once you make that innovation, you have to apply some science to it." Now, maritime regulations require that the compartment subdivisions go "all the way to the deck," for instance, meaning that each compartment is sealed from top to bottom, he said. It's one of a handful of lessons learned from the century-old disaster that shipbuilders and maritime instructors still focus on, both in the manufacturing yard and in the classroom.

Titanic Centennial Memorial Unveiled At Oak Grove Cemetery In Springfield(21 April 2012, MassLive.com)
A centennial memorial dedicated to everyone who sailed on the Titanic, including the 1,517 people who lost their lives, was unveiled Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery before a crowd of people that included descendants of those who were on the ill-fated luxury ocean liner. Edward S. Kamuda, president of the Titanic Historical Society, and Paul A. Phaneuf, of St. Pierre-Phaneuf Funeral Home, removed the blue velvet covering to reveal a black granite, 10,000-pound, 9-by-5-foot memorial with a picture of the Titanic etched on the front of it and the words R.M.S. Titanic April 15, 1912 – the date the ship sank. Two city residents who died in the disaster, Jane Carr, 47, a third class passenger, and Milton C. Long, 29, a first class passenger and son of a Hampden County judge and former mayor, are memorialized on the back of it.

Florida Relatives, Irish Parish Honor Memory Of Titanic Hero(21 April 2012, MiamiHerald.com)
James “Jim” Farrell was 26 when he boarded the RMS Titanic at her last port of call in Queenstown, now Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland. He was headed to New York City, where he planned to reunite with his older brother, Michael Farrell, my husband’s grandfather, who had arrived in the United States six years earlier. He never made it. But his actions in the hours before the great ship sank on April 15, 1912, remain a source of pride for the Farrell family. Until recently, the Farrells in America thought they were the only ones who sat a little straighter when they retold the story of James Farrell. Being a large, extended Irish-American family, there were many opportunities for sharing: Michael’s 11 children who grew up in Brooklyn told the tale to their children, including my husband and his 11 brothers and sisters from Miami and 29 of their first cousins, spread out from New York to California. Then last year my husband Patrick, a Miami Herald photographer, received a curious call while riding his bike in Coconut Grove, and the Farrells learned that a tiny rural parish in the middle of Ireland also treasured James Farrell’s story — and wanted very much to keep it alive.

The Titanic's Forgotten Prophet
(18 April 2012, New York Daily News)
Meanwhile, reporters dutifully enumerated the super-rich businessmen and socialites who went down with the luxury liner. The most frequently cited names were millionaire heir John Jacob Astor IV, whose 18-year-old pregnant wife survived; industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, who allegedly sipped brandy as the ship sank; and Macy’s department store magnate Isidor Straus, whose wife Ida drowned as well. But most lists of the dead omitted British journalist William T. Stead, who made his name by reporting about the United States. And that’s too bad, because-even a century later, Stead has much to teach us all.

Titanic: 100 Years Later, Still The World's Most Tragic Maritime Disaster
(17 April 2012, International Business Times)
No one should underestimate Hollywood's power to form a popular culture attitude, but the movie industry's promotional and consciousness-raising power does not account for the Titanic's imprint: Fascination with the Titanic long predated Cameron's film -- grade-school kids in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950 to the 1970s grew up reading in school or watching documentary shows about the Titanic. Rather, the incident has been remembered, and studied, and discussed, perhaps due to three event dimensions: 1) the injustice/avoidableness of the tragedy, 2) the grandeur of the ship, and 3) the implied arrogance of the ship's owners, and by extension, of humans, when they exhibit the preferred stance.

Final Word: Titanic's Lesson? Never Skip Dessert
(17 April 2012, USA TODAY)
Much has been written and said about the sinking of Titanic lately.  As if you need a reminder, the luxury liner went down in the North Atlantic 100 years ago this past weekend. Little did those aboard know that a century later they'd still be a topic of dinner conversation. I suspect that some of those passengers, especially the rich and famous egos ensconced in the first-class cabins, would like the idea that they are not forgotten and are still being given the attention they always thought they deserved. John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim among them.

Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of The Titanic's Sinking
(17 April 2012, Huffington Post
The Titanic has long held a prominent place in the human imagination and commemorations abound during this year's 100th anniversary of its sinking. Among them is Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition hosted by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Similar exhibitions are also appearing in Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Diego, with upcoming shows scheduled in Columbia, S.C., St. Petersburg, Fla. and Philadelphia. The 10,000-square-foot exhibition reflects the size and grandeur of the world's largest and most luxurious ship of its time. Room re-creations of a first class hallway and cabin as well as a full-scale replica of the Grand Staircase reveal the ship's splendor while the passengers' accommodations, menus, china, even the recovered tile floors of the bathrooms illustrate the attention given to social class distinctions in Edwardian England.

Exhibit info:
Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan
Exhibit runs until 30 September. Admission is $10 extra over normal admission prices and includes Titanic and Henry Ford Museum. For complete information,  go to  Henry Ford website.

Titanic Victim Promoted Tourism To Ship's Owner
(16 April 2012, Montreal Gazette)
Charles Melvin Hays, a flamboyant American businessman and president of the Grand Trunk Railway, had a Canadian home and office in Montreal. He was returning home on the Titanic after attempts to raise capital to complete a railway line from Winnipeg to Prince Rupert. Alas, the 55-year-old Hays went down with the ship. While in Europe, he also tried to convince White Star to bring tourists to Canada - many cruise-ship passengers in those days were being ferried across the ocean in 3rd class accommodation as immigrants, not tourists. While in Canada they could travel on his railway.

Ticket To Titanic Maiden Voyage Sold At NY Auction
(16 April 2012, BusinessWeek-from AP)
A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the 1912 launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner, plus items recovered from the wreckage miles underwater. On the block Sunday at Bonhams were various Titanic remnants offered to mark the centennial of its sinking. The historic admission ticket fetched $56,250, including the auction house premium. The menu, touting choices like Surrey capon and ox tongue and beef sirloin with horseradish, sold for $31,250. Both went to private American buyers, said Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams' maritime consultant. He said one surprise at the auction was the comparatively low price paid for a telegraph that read, "We have struck an iceberg."

Texas Eatery Serves $12K, 10-Course Titanic Meal(16 April 2012, BusinessWeek-from AP)
The dinner was one of many served from New York to Memphis, Tenn., and across the oceans to Hong Kong, as chefs attempted to transport diners to a time when waiters in starched coats and napkins hanging from their arms served an upper class that was far removed from the common man, who filled the lower portions of the Titanic and went largely unnoticed by the wealthy until they perished together in the cold sea. At Cullen's, Roberts and Chef Paul Lewis spent months researching the menu, the waiters' attire, the china, silverware, crystal, wines, cognacs and Burgundies, hoping to offer their guests an experience as close to the actual event as possible. Pairing up with the Museum of Natural Science to include a tour of its Titanic exhibit, they came up with a $12,000 feast for each party of 12 that will be offered through September, when the ship's relics will move on to a new destination.

Titanic's Dead Mourned 100 Yrs Later In Poignant Ceremony At Sinking Site
(15 April 2012, Reuters)
Most of Balmoral's 1,300 passengers then squeezed onto the deck for a service and hymns, and to watch three wreaths be thrown into the calm waters at 2.20am Sunday morning, the moment she sank. Members of the Belgian quintet ensemble Grupetto played in honor of the band members who played on even as the Titanic went under the waves. The sky was clear and the nearest iceberg was about 100 nautical miles north. "It's just so moving, it feels like you were part of something so special," said Susie Millar, a journalist from Northern Ireland whose great grandfather Thomas Millar had worked at Harland and Wolff, the shipyard where the Titanic had been built, before becoming a crew member.

'Titanic' Theology
(15 April 2012, Washington Post-blog)
History is a story told by God and it has taken a century for us to rewrite the meaning of the sinking of RMS Titanic. We allowed our jesters to soften the story by imposing our values on the people of that time. James Cameron mocks the vices, obscures the pieties, and simplifies the virtues of the men and women on Titanic. As a result, we cannot learn, because we are given only a reflection of self dressed up in Edwardian clothes. But the largest object moved by man up to that point in time was a triumph of the a world view: man triumphant over nature. The sinking of Titanic was one of many trumpet warnings that our faith in human progress was misplaced. Technology could not save us from our own folly and cupidity. The Great War, turned into World War I by huger horrors that followed, retold that story in oceans more blood, but Titanic was first.

Titanic: For Many Victims, Their Final Resting Place Is In Halifax, Canada(15 April 2012, Chicago Tribune)
A cold wind ripped through Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Then came the frigid rain. In a minute, I was thinking, the headstones will be shivering. "Now," said Blair Beed, my guide, "imagine how it would have been in those lifeboats. Surrounded by ice." He was talking about the Titanic, of course. Although this Halifax cemetery lies about 750 miles northwest of the waters where that celebrated ship went down April 15, 1912, it was the seamen of Halifax who retrieved more than 300 of the dead, along with a grim harvest of flotsam. In the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic downtown, you can see the lost gloves of a doomed millionaire and the lost shoes of a tiny child. Fairview Lawn Cemetery is home to 121 Titanic victims, more than you'll find anywhere else above sea level.

Titanic Sinking Remembered In Silence In Halifax, The 'City Of Sorrow'
(15 April 2012, Winnipeg Free Press)
A silence that fell over Halifax on Sunday was broken by the peal of a church bell as the city marked the centennial of the Titanic's sinking with songs and stories tinged with sorrow. At a downtown public square, a throng of people gathered to remember the disaster and the city's grim connection to it. "You only really have to be here to realize how tragic and terrible it was," said Thomas Hodgson, a lawyer who travelled from Sydney, Australia, to take part in the commemoration. "It affects the whole world like 9-11 affects the whole world." Earlier in the night, a funeral carriage pulled by two draught horses led a candlelight procession from Halifax's waterfront outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic through downtown streets. The skirl of bagpipes filled the cool evening air as a line of people, some of whom were wearing period costumes, followed the hearse.

Titanic's Sinking Remembered Worldwide
(14 April 2012, San Francisco Chronicle)
Two Titanic survivors who became tennis pros are being honored at Rhode Island's International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. On Cape Cod, a wreath will be laid for a radio operator who relayed Morse code messages as the ill-fated ship went down. In Denver, a musical piece composed for famed passenger Molly Brown gets a premiere. With remembrances and exhibits planned from San Diego to Singapore, places with few or little-noted connections to the Titanic are showing the power the tragedy holds worldwide 100 years after the vessel sank April 15, 1912, and took more than 1,500 people to their deaths.

Officials: Human Remains At Titanic Shipwreck Site
(14 April 2012, ABC News)
Human remains may be embedded in the mud of the North Atlantic where the New York-bound Titanic came to rest when it sank 100 years ago, a federal official said Saturday. A 2004 photograph, released to the public for the first time this week in an uncropped version to coincide with the disaster's centenary, shows a coat and boots in the mud at the legendary shipwreck site. "These are not shoes that fell out neatly from somebody's bag right next to each other," James Delgado, the director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The way they are "laid out" makes a "compelling case" that it is where "someone has come to rest," he said.

Memorial Cruise Marks Titanic Sinking
(14 April 2012, TheChronicleHerald.ca)
Azamara Journey captain Jason Ikiadis,  sailed his more than 400 passengers from New York to Halifax to this lonely place of loss and legend,  about 11:32 p.m. Saturday after earlier passing over and around the nearby location where Titanic hit the iceberg and later launched its distress signal a century ago. Moments before the band played,  he and the ship’s chief engineer  dropped two biodegradable wreaths into the North Atlantic, in memory of all the lost. Then he took a few seconds to himself. And thought about all the souls underneath. “I wondered how difficult it was for them on a night that was even colder than this,”  the captain said. “And  just to be thankful that we’re here.”

Titanic's 'Hallowed Ground' And Artifacts May Get New Protections
(13 April 2012, Los Angeles Times)
On  the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, lawmakers are moving to further protect the shipwreck site. The R.M.S. Titanic Maritime Memorial Preservation Act would impose penalties of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison on any American or U.S. vessel that disturbs the wreckage without permission or brings illegally recovered artifacts into the country.

Greenwich Diver Unearths Stories From Titanic's Wreckage
(13 April 2012, Greenwich Time)
Indeed, Nargeolet's work has broken boundaries in the field of underwater exploration. The 2010 expedition alone created Titanic's first comprehensive site map with an unprecedented level of detail, he said. Using an autonomous underwater vehicle, a camera mounted on a torpedo-like structure, the research team created a seafloor photomosaic composed of more than 130,000 pictures. The images serve to "virtually raise the Titanic in 3-D," said James Delgado, the head archaeologist of the expedition and director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). "My metaphor is that, for the first time, we can look at an area the size of Manhattan and zoom right in to a single tulip in Central Park," said Gallo, also director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. "We can see a crab crawling up the port side of Titanic." The expedition's findings will be the subject of History Channel's upcoming documentary "Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved," which premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday. Delgado, who was responsible for compiling the expedition's final report, claims that Titanic now bears "no more secrets" because their research presents a compelling theory of how Titanic broke apart and how its mangled pieces scattered across the ocean floor.

Belfast Salvages Titanic As Symbol Of Revival
(13 April 2012, Reuters)
For much of the century since the Titanic sank, the story of the doomed liner has been a taboo subject in Belfast, an unwelcome reminder of industrial failure and bitter sectarian division in the city that built her. Now Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, buoyed by 14 years of peace, aims to salvage the liner as a symbol of one-time industrial might, hoping the Hollywood glamour around its story can create an icon for a new, united city. Cast as a monument to the 1998 deal that ended three decades of violence, a 97-million pound Titanic museum was opened by Catholic and Protestant leaders last month to mark the centenary of the ship's launch and fateful first voyage. The museum's 38-meter-tall glass-and-aluminium facade redraws a skyline long dominated by the yellow cranes of Harland and Wolff, the Protestant-dominated shipyard that built the Titanic and the scene of some of the worst sectarian rioting before 1920 partition and beyond.

The Real Reason For The Tragedy Of The Titanic
(12 April 2012, Wall Street Journal)
Carlisle proposed that White Star equip its ships with 48 lifeboats—in retrospect, more than enough to save all passengers and crew. Yet after a few minutes discussion, Ismay and other senior managers rejected the proposal. The Titanic historian Daniel Allen Butler (author of "Unsinkable") says Carlisle's idea was rejected "on the grounds of expense." But that's not true. In the Board of Trade's post-accident inquiry, Carlisle was very clear as to why White Star declined to install extra lifeboats: The firm wanted to see whether regulators required it. As Carlisle told the inquiry, "I was authorized then to go ahead and get out full plans and designs, so that if the Board of Trade did call upon us to fit anything more we would have no extra trouble or extra expense." So the issue was not cost, per se, or aesthetics, but whether the regulator felt it necessary to increase the lifeboat requirements for White Star's new, larger, class of ship. This undercuts the convenient morality tale about safety being sacrificed for commercial success that sneaks into most accounts of the Titanic disaster.

Researchers: Titanic Was An Exception, Male Chivalry On Sinking Ships Is 'A Myth'
(12 April 2012, Washington Post)
A hundred years after the Titanic sank, two Swedish researchers on Thursday said when it comes to sinking ships, male chivalry is “a myth” and more men generally survive such disasters than women and children. Economists Mikael Elinder and Oscar Erixon of Uppsala University also showed in their 82-page study that captains and their crew are 18.7 percentage points more likely to survive a shipwreck than their passengers. “Our findings show that behavior in life-and-death situation is best captured by the expression ‘every man for himself’,” the authors wrote. The researchers analyzed 18 of the world’s most famous maritime disasters, ranging from the HMS Birkenhead that grounded in the Indian Ocean in 1852 to the MV Bulgaria tourist ship that sank on Russia’s Volga River last year. Analyzing passenger lists, logs and registers, Elinder and Erixon found that men actually have a distinct survival advantage. Out of the 15,000 people who died in the 18 accidents, only 17.8 percent of the women survived compared with 34.5 percent of the men. In three of the shipwrecks, all the women died, Elinder said.

Even If Titanic Wasn't Unsinkable, Fascination With It Seems To Be
(12 April 2012, Washington Post)
But now Kamuda, 72, president of the renamed Titanic Historical Society of Indian Orchard, Mass., finds himself besieged with interview requests as he tries to survive the Titanic centennial. This has become a media event as huge and flamboyant as the great ship that lies in ragged ruin at the bottom of the Atlantic. The Titanic has never been bigger. The story has defied the rules of history, brightening rather than fading with time. Most historical events turn into drab textbook subjects about which the main question is whether this will be on the test. Not the Titanic. A century after the ship hit an iceberg late on the night of April 14, 1912, and three years after the death of the last Titanic survivor, the disaster feels as familiar as if it happened yesterday. The serious Titanic buffs could find their way around the ship in the dark.

Titanic's Sinking: Was It More Than Human Folly(11 April 2012, AP)
After an entire century that included two high-profile government investigations and countless books and movies, we're still debating what really caused the Titanic to hit an iceberg and sink on that crystal-clear chilly night. Maybe there's more to blame than human folly and hubris. Maybe we can fault freak atmospheric conditions that caused a mirage or an even rarer astronomical event that sent icebergs into shipping lanes. Those are two of the newer theories being proposed by a Titanic author and a team of astronomers. But the effort to find natural causes that could have contributed to the sinking may also be a quest for an excuse — anything to avoid gazing critically into a mirror, say disaster experts and Titanic historians.

Titanic's Last Supper Served In Hong Kong Hotel
(11 April 2012, CNN)
This weekend nostalgic diners with a big budget will be able to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by sampling the luxury liner's last menu -- as well as actual wine salvaged from the wreck. The opulent ten-course dinner at the luxury Hullett House hotel in Hong Kong is based on the menu served in the Titanic's first-class dining saloon on April 14, 1912, the night before it went down in the North Atlantic. The hotel will feature table settings and waiter uniforms from the period, with the meal served on fine bone china produced by the same manufacturer who supplied the ship, according to the South China Morning Post.

Who Gets The Titanic Treasures?
(10 April 2012, msnbc.com)
Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, which is seeking to sell 5,500 items recovered from the shipwreck site over the past 25 years, said today that it's "in discussions with multiple parties" for the purchase of the collection. The legal rulings that paved the way for the sale require that the collection must be sold as a single lot — and that the buyer must make the artifacts available for public exhibition and research. The deadline for sealed bids passed more than a week ago, and since then Premier Exhibitions has been weighing the offers. "In order for the company to settle on the most appropriate bidder and maximize the ultimate value of the artifacts for shareholders, it conduct these negotiations and due diligence in confidence," Premier said in a statement. The company said it would "provide an additional update to shareholders as soon as practical," and would reschedule a news conference that had been planned for Wednesday to announce the winning bid.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. Provides Update on Auction of Titanic Artifacts
(10 April 2012, MarketWatch-press release)
The Company announced today that it is in discussions with multiple parties for the purchase of its Titanic artifacts collection. In order for the Company to settle on the most appropriate bidder and maximize the ultimate value of the artifacts for shareholders, it will conduct these negotiations and due diligence in confidence. Consequently, the Company will provide an additional update to shareholders as soon as practical, and the press conference originally scheduled for April 11, 2012, will be rescheduled accordingly.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Diverts Due To Medical Emergency
(10 April 2012, MSNBC)
It's more rough waters for a cruise ship retracing the Titanic's doomed voyage 100 years ago this month. One day after the MS Balmoral arrived late for planned festivities on Ireland's coast, the ship was forced to turn back Tuesday due to a medical emergency on board. Rachael Jackson, public relations manager for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates the Balmoral, told msnbc.com that a passenger had fallen ill. "The ship is turning around and heading approximately 20 nautical miles east to bring it nearer to the coast and within reach of a helicopter," the cruise line said in a statement. "Fred. Olsen and Titanic Memorial Cruises are working with the Irish Coastguard to co-ordinate the relevant arrangements, and making sure that all agencies involved are being kept informed."

Titanic's Allure Still Strong(10 April 2012, CNN)
They looked over their 50-item checklist no fewer than a dozen times. After planning for this journey to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary for the better part of three years, they want to be prepared. It is, after all, the trip of a lifetime. On Sunday, the retired couple from Marietta, Georgia, will set sail from Southampton, England, along with more than 1,300 other passengers on a cruise to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. "I think it will be fascinating. I get chills just thinking about it," Sheila Byron says.

Belfast Hopes Titanic Can Help Refloat Its Waterfront(10 April 2012, Chicago Tribune)
But what was my children's favorite part? The footage of the wreck on the ocean floor, presented at the end. My 8-year-old son's interest had waned a bit in the museum, but that footage ended things on a high note. My 12-year-old daughter was intrigued nearly all the way through, spending two-plus hours. One glitch: We were told we'd wait 40 to 50 minutes for an amusement-style "ride" through a simulated shipyard. "It's a fun experience," we were told, "but it's only six minutes." We skipped it. You may be surprised that this museum has no artifacts salvaged from the wreck.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Delayed By Strong Winds
(9 April 2012, Chicago Sun-Times-AP)
A memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic 100 years since it sank has been slightly delayed because of high winds, a spokeswoman for the cruise said Monday. The Titanic Memorial Cruise arrived at the town of Cobh, on Ireland’s southern coast, about two hours later than scheduled due to the bad weather, Rachel O’Reilly said. The vessel, called the MS Balmoral, set sail from Southampton in southern England Sunday for the 12-night cruise. Cobh, once known as Queenstown, was the Titanic’s last port of call before it set out across the Atlantic in April 1912. As the Balmoral pulled into the town’s port Monday, it was welcomed by thousands of cheering well-wishers.

'Titanic Tragedy' Really Does Offer A 'New Look At The Lost Liner'
(8 April 2012, Post-Gazette)
Mr. Maxtone-Graham gives similar micro treatment to the Ocean Dock in Southampton, where the Titanic tied up before starting the Atlantic crossing; to the Carpathia, the small Cunard liner that picked up the wireless signal and packed itself stem to stern with the survivors; and to the victims among the crew and the statues, plinths and monuments erected to them on both sides of the Atlantic. There's much more in the little 217-page book, but I'll leave that for you to discover. "Titanic Tragedy" is a don't-miss for both the Titanic historian and those with just a passing curiosity about a night to remember in April 1912.

Pa. Man Researches Graves Of Titanic Passengers(7 April 2012, Wall Street Journal)
Joseph Edgette didn't know much about the Titanic when he began teaching at Widener University, even though the school is named for a stunningly wealthy Philadelphia family that lost two people in the tragedy. But after a Widener descendant showed Edgette heirloom jewelry that survived the ship's demise, the professor — who holds a doctorate in folklore — felt compelled to do a little research. And then a little more. As the world this week marks the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner's sinking, Edgette is working to document the final resting places of all its passengers. He specializes in gravestones and cemeteries. "Basically, I'm getting through their lives by going backwards, by looking at their gravestones," Edgette said. "That becomes a springboard into the story behind the person."

Titanic Anniversary: Wales Honors Radio Operator(6 April 2012, San Francisco Chronicle)
Arthur "Artie" Moore, one of the few people on Earth following the developing disaster, could do nothing to help and encountered disbelief when he reported the news to his local police station. Although some people believed that Moore had heard the signals, "the fact that the Titanic had sunk, no one would believe that because the Titanic was unsinkable," said Stuart Instone, a member of a local radio club based in the old mill where Moore monitored radio traffic as the ship sank on the night of April 14-15, 1912. Moore's achievement, which sparked a career in the electronics industry, is being celebrated in the Welsh valleys on the centenary of the disaster.

Titanic The Experience Hosts Once-In-A-Lifetime Dinner Show(5 April 2012, PR Newswire-press release)
Guests will also have an opportunity to explore the Exhibition and experience a reenactment of the disaster. The exhibit includes never before seen artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic, including a watch chain with pearls; telegraph to the main engine room; cooking pot; deck lamp; wine bottle; marble slab with cold water faucet and waste valve, and cut crystal carafe with the flag of White Star Line, the company that owned the iconic Ship. In addition, guests will be awed by a two-ton section of the Ship's hull - the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered. With Titanic dinner shows around the country going for up to $12,000 a plate, Titanic The Experience offers a memorable evening and exquisite dining experience for $100 for adults and $65 for children.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. Provides Update On Auction Of Titanic Artifacts
(4 April 2012, MarketWatch-press release)
 Premier Exhibitions, Inc. PRXI -11.11% , a leading presenter of museum-quality touring exhibitions around the world, announced that due to the level of interest in its auction of the Titanic artifact collection and the late entry of additional potential bidders, the Company has extended the deadline for the submission of bids to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012. As stated previously, the Company will announce additional information on April 11, 2012.

Titanic At 100: Preserve The Wreck Or Let It Go?
(4 April 2012, USA TODAY)
"If you can't protect the Titanic, what can you protect?" asks Ballard, who envisions a sort of virtual museum of the site. He has called for assembling camera-equipped underwater robots as well as stationary cameras to give visitors above live scenes from the site. Instead of more artifact removal, he says, "with modern technology, if you jump forward a few years, you are going to be seeing live, underwater museums." A model for just such an experience comes from the wreck of the USS Monitor, the acclaimed Civil War gunship that is now the center of a marine sanctuary off Cape Hatteras, N.C. The sanctuary shares artifacts with the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., where visitors can observe the turret of the Monitor remotely by underwater camera.

Killer Iceberg That Sank Titanic Surfaces — A Century Later
(1 April 2012, New York Daily News)
It was on board the Carpathia that passenger Mabel Fenwick captured the floating ice mass that took down the great ship. The hull of one of the Titanic’s lifeboats can be seen in the top right corner of the historic image. “Few images in history can be more chilling than that iceberg off in the horizon,” said Bobby Livingston, of New Hampshire-based RR Auction. RR is selling 180 Titanic-related lots in an online auction from April 19 to April 26.



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Titanic Mystery Surrounds Chesterville Woman(30 May 2012, Ottawa Sun)
Debrina Woods believes her late grandmother Loraine Kramer could in fact be Loraine Allison, a three-year-old from Chesterville assumed to have gone down with the ship. The story first surfaced in the 1940s, and received a lot of media attention. Kramer eventually abandoned public pursuit of her claim, but maintained she was the Allison in question right up to her death in the 1990s. Woods is hoping DNA testing will “alleviate all doubt and have the truth come out after 100 years.” She said her pursuit isn’t about money or fame, but about restoring her family’s honour.

Titanic Hero's Ship To Star In Show(30 May 2012, Chorley Guardian)
Charles Lightoller, second mate on board Titanic and the highest-ranking survivor, sailed his motor Yacht, Sundowner, in the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II. The vessel survived bombs, , and countless attacks, to come out completely undamaged and will be sailed as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday June 3. Jim Harris, one of the people working on Sundowner, said: “It is a tribute to Lightoller, he was a real old sea dog. He was a true hero.”

Couple Sails On Memorial Cruise
(27 May 2012, GoErie.com)
Where were you on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic? Bill and Mary Wolford, of Greene Township, were aboard the Titanic memorial cruise ship MS Balmoral, elbow to elbow with some 1,300 other passengers from around the world, at the site of the disaster that took place in 1912. To their knowledge, they were the only Pennsylvanians on the historic and memorable voyage to the Titanic's resting place -- some 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, in the middle of the ocean.

The Titanic(26 May 2012, Sask News Now)
The anniversary passed. I saw stories in various newspapers commemorating the historic event. My photographs and the copy of the article remained unused. But the subject just wouldn’t seem to go away. On Apr. 23 as I was looking through the century-old copies of the Herald, and preparing the “Do You Remember” columns, I saw this in the May 2, 1912 issue: “Among the lady passengers who were saved on the ill-fated steam ship “Titanic” is noticed the name of Mrs. Elsie Bowerman. Mrs. Bowerman is a cousin by marriage to Reginald F. Bowerman, of the Herald, and she was on her way to meet her husband, who resides in Toronto.”

The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors (Dover Maritime)


Review: Titanic Belfast Museum(25 May 2012, Huffington Post UK)
To the relief of some, you only catch a glimpse of Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio on one wall dedicated to the Art and Culture inspired by the Titanic over the decades, and James Cameron is given only a passing mention. Many have laid claim to the ship's famous history - Southampton and Queenstown (known as Cobh) were her last stops before setting off on her doomed maiden voyage, New York was her destination and Halifax was where some of the deceased were laid to rest - but Belfast deserves international acknowledgement for creating the world’s most famous ship. Still emerging from the devastation of 40 years of conflict, this bold and striking museum marks another new beginning for Belfast and is well-worth a visit for anyone intrigued by the fascinating story of the city and the world famous ship it gave birth to.

Echoes Of Titanic In 'Eerie' Doorway To Pas
t(25 May 2012, Yorkshire Post)
Exactly a century and one month later, on May 14, Harewood’s chief decorator Robert Kay was stunned into silence when he came across a handwritten note on a piece of board hidden in the door frame. Written by one of Mr Kay’s predecessors, Edgar Sunderland, it said:

Titanic Disaster
Sunday April 14th 1912
1503 persons drowned
705 persons saved
Commander Capt: Smith
This disaster happened near (illegible). The boat was the largest afloat and on her maiden voyage.
E Sunderland
E Wilton
Painters.

Mr Kay, who has spent 37 years at Harewood and seen many marks left by stonemasons, carpenters and decorators, was gobsmacked at the note and the timing of its rediscovery.“I’ve never come across anything like this before. It sent a shiver up my spine. I was just a month out from uncovering it on the 100th anniversary – it was very eerie.”

Premier Exhibitions Q4 Loss Narrows
(23 May 2012, RTT News)
Premier Exhibitions Inc. (PRXI: News ) Wednesday said its loss for the fourth quarter narrowed from last year, due mainly to lower operating expenses. The Atlanta, Georgia-based company reported a fourth-quarter net loss attributable to shareholders of $2.90 million or $0.06 per share, compared to $5.13 million or $0.11 per share last year.

Luxury And Tragedy: Taking A Trip On The Titanic With The Tea Ladies(22 May 2012, Canton Daily Ledger)
As they enter the meeting room at Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library, passengers are greeted with the sounds of a piano playing the popular songs of 100 years ago, courtesy of Gwen Alexander. As they are seated, two ladies in fashionable hats and dresses hand out cards with names and biographical information to many of the guests. Then, after a brief introduction, The Tea Ladies, Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton, take everyone on the maiden — and final — voyage of the steamship called the Titanic. This was the second appearance by The Tea Ladies at Parlin-Ingersoll, who had been in Canton in December to discuss Victorian Christmas celebrations.

Plenty Of Memories On The Titanic Trail(
20 May 2012, New York Daily News)
A prime destination is Belfast, which proudly boasts that dockworkers built the storied ship there between 1909-11. At the time, it was the largest moving man-made object on earth. Despite recent political turmoil, the Northern Ireland capital is reclaiming its title of the “Titanic Quarter” with walking tours, river cruises and exhibits at the White Star Line offices, where plans for the luxury liner were originally drawn up. For another taste of Titanic, restaurants offer versions of the last meal served on the doomed vessel. Nearby, at the ship-making headquarters of Harland and Wolff, precisely where the ship was constructed, stands the striking Titanic Belfast. The newly opened museum’s design features three prows duplicating the hulls of the famed vessel and its two sister ships, the Olympic and Britannic.

Looking Back On A Titanic Decision(20 May 2012, Gainesville Times)
But a stroke of luck meant that George Vanderbilt, whose vision is the inspiration for Asheville’s Biltmore estate, his wife, Edith, and their daughter, Cornelia, wouldn’t be counted on rolls naming the dead. Despite initial plans to travel on Titanic, a fateful change in plans put the family aboard a sister ship, the Olympic, which carried the Vanderbilts from Europe to the United States several days earlier. One of their servants wouldn’t be so lucky. The Titanic tale is just one of many stories told in a new exhibit at Biltmore, “The Vanderbilts at Home & Abroad.” Visitors to the estate can dig into the details in the Biltmore Legacy building of the Antler Hill Village & Winery area, several minutes away from the main house.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Becomes A Disaster For West Cumbria Couple(17 May 2012, Times & Star)
The first nasty surprise came a month before the ship sailed when passengers were informed they would have to pay a fuel surcharge of £326 each. Travel agents had not taken out the insurance to protect passengers from the payment. The ship left Southampton and arrived late in Ireland which meant planned onshore trips were cancelled. She said: “Ireland was a highlight though. The reception at Cobh was amazing. They were commemorating the Titanic and there were hundreds of people out to see the Balmoral.” They left Ireland but had to turn back to get within range of a rescue helicopter after a BBC cameraman was taken ill. However, they arrived at the site of the Titanic wreck on schedule and prepared for a commemoration.

Child's Shoes Send Local Couple On A Titanic Journey
(16 May 2012, CottageCountryNow.ca)
Through the years the Northmores met many researchers, academics and others interested in the plight of the Titanic. But their biggest reward came last year, when it was discovered that those shoes belonged to an English boy by the name of Sidney Leslie Goodwin, 19 months old, who was travelling on the Titanic with his mother, father and five older brothers and sisters. The family travelled in third-class, hoping to make a better life for themselves in Niagara Falls, New York. Instead, they all perished when the Titanic sunk. Sidney Leslie Goodwin was the only member of his family whose body has been recovered and subsequently identified. Although a sad ending, Sandra is glad those related to the family have had some closure. “I was happy that we had been able to do something to help that process. It was just a wonderful ride for us. We met so many brilliant people.”

Irish Aboard Titanic

Connecting with Consumer Passions Delivers Titanic Rewards(16 May 2012, Forbes)
The engagement levels we achieved with Titanic were strong. Our dedicated Web presence received over 725,000 visitors from January to April, with video views  hyperlink exceeding 460,000 and a Facebook fan base of 120,000. The media organizations we engaged with sent 180 journalists to visit Belfast and generated over $50 million worth of overwhelmingly positive publicity. And the return for Belfast was extraordinary. There were 110,000 visitors to the city’s new “Titanic Belfast” visitor attraction in its first five weeks, which positions it as the second largest paid attraction on the island of Ireland. A historic tragedy has been transformed into a modern-day success that has delivered a step-change in the tourism profile of Northern Ireland. Connecting with an emotional and global consumer passion powered that transformation.

Clare's Titanic Passengers Remembered
(15 May 2012, The Clare Herald)
Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Hayes was joined by relatives of the passengers as he unveiled a plaque dedicated to the memory of the three passengers at Áras Contae an Chláir. Mayor Hayes said the plaque had been commissioned to ensure Titanic’s Clare passengers would be remembered by future generations. Speaking last night, Mayor Hayes said: “More than one hundred years on, many people remain fascinated by the story of Titanic. The ship was regarded as the pinnacle of man’s engineering ability while many of its First Class passengers were drawn from some of the world’s best known and wealthiest families. The ship also was regarded as a microcosm of society at the time due to its segregated class system, and the fact that the majority of those saved emanating from the First Class section of the ship.”

Titanic Tourists Offered Trinkets As Belfast Rivals Vegas(15 May 2012, BusinessWeek)
“Last week, every other customer here was American,” said Ronan Byrne, the owner of California Coffee, a downtown Belfast restaurant. “We’re offering a Titanic menu now and I’m confident we’ll see a lot more tourists than we did last year.” Initial visitor reactions to the center, which charges a 13.50 pounds ($21.50) admission fee, have been mixed. Some were taken aback by the merchandise on sale at the center. “I don’t like how they are cashing in on the disaster by selling memorabilia in the shop,” said John Engels, visiting from the Netherlands. “That makes me uncomfortable. It was a disaster: I’m not sure it’s right to sell key rings about it.”


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Delight As Titanic Belfast Staircase Is Opened To The Public(15 May 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
The attraction on Sunday opened its banqueting suite to allow the public the opportunity to view its grand staircase replica in response to public annoyance over limited access to the steps, a faithful recreation of the striking central feature of the Belfast-built ship. The building’s bosses faced criticism after it emerged that the stunning oak staircase is only open to corporate guests, and is not part of the main tour for visitors. Management were inundated with ticket requests after coming up with Staircase Sunday — two days this month in which the suite will have limited opening. On Sunday the ticket-holders came to have their pictures taken on the stairs, and were so impressed they’ve joined the voices calling for the feature to be made more widely available to visitors. The Belfast Telegraph was not allowed access but visitors told how, once inside, they queued for up to 15 minutes before getting close enough to the staircase to stand on it.

Students Tackle Titanic Task
(14 May 2012, Chanhassen Villager)
Outside the red doors of the Chaska Middle School West media center, sixth-graders handed out tickets and welcomed fellow students aboard. For about 20 minutes, Gifted Services Advisory students had transformed the library into a display of all-things-Titanic. The show included a stop action movie with commentary; re-enactments of Captain Edward Smith (Nathan Smith) and “Unsinkable” Molly Brown (Destiny Colville); a cardboard model of the Titanic striking a Styrofoam iceberg; Thomas Price playing a mournful song as one of the ship’s ill-fated musicians; and guides telling visitors everything they wanted to know about the ship.

RMS Titanic Replica Going Under The Hammer In Thornaby(14 May 2012, Gazette Live)
A scale model replica of one of the most famous ships in history is docked in Thornaby awaiting departure later this week. The 4ft 6ins-long model of the doomed RMS Titanic is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000 when it goes on sale at toy auctioneers Vectis on Wednesday. Manufactured by Bassett- Lowke of Northampton, model makers since 1899, the replica is described as “an accurately detailed model finished to a high professional standard and in mint original condition." The lot is sold with a fax of a letter from Bassett-Lowke dated March 12, 1992, stating that the model is the third of only three made. The Titanic is mounted on four plated metal stands, in its original Perspex wooden case.

Rowan Graduate Rosie Toy Recounts Voyage On Titanic Memorial Cruise(13 May 2012, NJ.com)
The mood was somber as we stood in silence on the deck of the Balmoral as Capt. Bamberg sounded the ship’s bell at 11:40 p.m. on April 14 in the North Atlantic waters. In silence, passengers — some crying — stood in the cold, night air above the ill-fated Titanic as she lay in her watery grave two miles below us. At this very spot, 100 years ago, the once-magnificent vessel side-swiped an iceberg, tearing deadly gashes down her starboard side. For the next agonizing 160 minutes, the beautifully elegant “Ship of Dreams” slowly filled with bone-chilling water, until she slipped into darkness at 2:20 a.m., taking more than 1,500 souls to their deaths.

Dinner Of Titanic Proportions(13 May 2012, Malaysia Star)
The maiden voyage of Titanic 2 is slotted for 2016 but while waiting, the suitably posh boutique hotel Hullett House in Hong Kong is honouring the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a magnificent recreation of the last dinner served to first class passengers on April 14, 1912, a mere hour before the ship went down. This lavish, 10-course modern version, originally served in the first class dining saloon, faithfully re-enacts the last meal replete with reproductions of waiters’ uniforms and fine bone china by William Brownfield & Sons for the table service. This epic menu will be revived by Michelin-starred Philippe Orrico, resident chef of Hullett House, using original recipes. The star of the dinner is the magnificent Heidsieck Monopole Americain vintage 1907. Incredibly, Hullett House managed to source this rare Champagne, salvaged from the seabed amid the wreck of the Titanic in 1998, having survived 80 years in perfect condition in the depths of the ocean! Each bottle costs RM33,000($10,690USD)– loose change considering what Chinese high-rollers pay for modern vintages in the swanky clubs of Macau, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Even so, the cost for this Champagne-fuelled dinner is RM7,500 per person ($2,429USD)but drops to RM1,900($615USD)if one opts to go without the Heidsieck Monopole 1907.

Your Travels: Titanic Memorial Cruise An Adventure To Remember(12 May 2012, Medicine Hat News)
We set sail later in the day, arriving in Cobh Ireland, the Titanic's last port of call. The streets were lined with a few thousand people waving and cheering, and bands were playing as we came to shore. It was an incredible welcome. I handed out Canadian flag pins as we disembarked the ship, meeting the fabulous people of Ireland. The mayor of Cobh was invited to have dinner with the captain on our ship that night.

Explore History At Titanic The Artifact Exhibition In Bangkok
(12 May 2012, PR Leap-press release)
The world-famous touring show will be coming to Bangkok’s CentralWorld Live venue on June 9th and will run until September 2nd, allowing visitors to see items recovered from the actual wreck of the infamous ocean liner. Titanic has returned to the public consciousness in recent months following the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the magnificent ship on its maiden voyage on April 15th 1912. By visiting the exhibition, guests will be able to see recreations of some of the rooms on board the ship and learn some of the emotional human stories behind the tragedy.  Book tickets at http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/.

Maryport's Titanic Commemoration To End On A High(
10 May 2012, Times & Star)
Mr Barton has waived any fee and the £2.50 entrance to his talk, which starts at 2pm on Sunday, will be given to Maryport Inshore Rescue. Mr Barton will share the stage with Cliff Ismay, of Workington, who will share stories of passengers and his family’s association with the White Star line, which owned the Titanic.

The Titanic: Disaster of a Century

'Titanic' Performance Captivates Audiences(10 May 2012, Tri-Town News)
The Traveling Literary Theater was established in 2005 and primarily bases its performances on historic events. For example, “World War II: Words and Music” compressed the war into a one-hour production. For “100 Years Titanic: Survivors and Their Stories,” the group has one hour to go from the moment the ship struck the iceberg to the morning after when survivors boarded the RMS Carpathia on April 15, 1912. Using the book of Titanic survivor Lawrence Beesley, “The Loss of the S.S. Titanic,” as a guideline, Maggie Worsdale said she wanted to give a voice to survivors, nearby eyewitnesses, and Capt. Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia. “I already knew what I wanted to do at the start of the show, but the rest was putting it together. To me, it was just logical to follow a timeline,” she said. For Worsdale, who had the task of selecting each personal account the performers would read aloud, working on the show was a daunting challenge at times.

The Loss of the S S Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons

Up From The Depths; Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit Opens at State Museum(8 May 2012, Free Times)
The exhibition, which opened last week at the S.C. State Museum and runs through Sept. 3, includes more than 125 artifacts recovered from the famous ship’s debris field. Among the items are business cards, tableware, letters and a men’s suit, as well as fully recreated rooms. Housed in the museum’s second floor, 6,500-square-foot Blockbuster Gallery, the show was organized by Premier Exhibitions, which is the exclusive steward of artifacts from the ship. The show marks a return by the company to the State Museum after eight years; the popular Titanic Science exhibit was held at the museum in 2004.

Exhibit Info:
Where: South Carolina State Museum
Dates: 5 May-3 Sept
Admission: Adult (13-61) $18 ($8.00 for members), Senior (62+) $15 ($7 for members), Child (6-12) $12 (members $6). Prices include museum admission.
Further information at scmuseum.org.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Sails To New Record-Breaking Attendance
(7 May 2012, eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition)
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is proud to announce that Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition welcomed over 286,000 visitors over its six month run in Singapore. Mr. Nick Dixon, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, said, “It’s been a spectacular journey since Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition first opened to the public on 29 October 2011. During the six month run, we’ve received numerous testimonials from visitors who mentioned their journey though the exhibition was both educational and emotional. RMS Titanic may have set sail over 100 years ago, but its story continues to resonate with visitors. I would like to thank Singapore for making this exhibition such a success. It’s not only the best showing for an exhibition at ArtScience Museum but also the most well-attended museum exhibition in Singapore.”

Couple Preserves Piece Of Titanic History(6 May 2012, Press-Enterprise)
The Banning couple has in their possession original editions of the Chicago Daily News, April 16 and 17, 1912. The yellowed papers are blanketed with stories about the sinking of the Titanic, which occurred in the early hours of April 15, 1912. The Catenas have framed the papers in an effort to preserve them. The three frames hang in the hallway of their home.

It's A Titanic Year For Belfast(5 May 2012, Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph)
Belfast has had a mixed history to say the least, but this year, the whole city is geared up to commemorate one of its biggest achievements, the Titanic. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ships maiden voyage, which at the time was the biggest and most luxurious liner in the world, and was built by the city’s famous shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff. To pay tribute to the city’s efforts, a new £97 million tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast, opened on March 31 in time for the centenary. The attraction has six floors and tells the story of the Titanic, from its conception in the early 1900s, through its construction and launch, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end. Multiple dimensions are brought together for the exhibition, from special effects, interactive features, full-scale reconstructions and even a ride. There’s so much to see that it took us nearly four hours to go round and take everything in properly.

A Titanic Tale Of Stone, Ice And Flames(5 May 2012, The Westerly Sun)
Mystic and the Mystic Aquarium may have Bob Ballard and the Titanic exhibit, but Ashaway has James V. Drew — or at least his monument. Drew was one of the 1,502 Titanic passengers and crew who drowned when the “unsinkable” ocean liner struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. With him were his wife, the late Mrs. Lulu Opie (formerly Drew), and nephew, the late Marshall B. Drew, longtime Westerly residents who both survived. While a ticket to the aquarium will set you back $29, a visit to Drew’s memorial headstone in Oak Grove Cemetery, behind the Ashaway firehouse, doesn’t cost a cent. The raised block letters on the lonely granite monument, identifying Drew as “LOST ON THE STEAMER TITANIC,” together with the precise latitude and longitude of the disaster, only tell part of the story. It is one of tragedy and sacrifice, haunting memories, coincidental connections to Westerly’s granite industry and, bizarrely, the Lizzie Borden murders.

Pier Where Titanic Survivors Landed Now Closed
(4 May 2012, Crain’s New York Business)
Pier 54, the spot where the survivors of the Titanic disaster first touched shore 100 years ago, was shut down almost entirely late last month over fears that it would sink into the Hudson River. In fact, the closing came precisely four days after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which was sailing from England to New York when it hit an iceberg. The 800-foot Pier is located near West 13th Street in the Hudson River Park and has been the site of numerous free events over the summers. Now only 300 feet of it remains open. “We knew it was on its last legs, but we were hoping it would last a little while longer,” said Madelyn Wils, president and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust. “It is a big loss.” Ms. Wils doesn’t know how much it would cost to repair. However, that isn’t an option at this point because it is so damaged it would need to be rebuilt, and there aren't funds to do that now. The trust has been dipping into its reserve fund for two years to maintain the park.

Titanic, Hindenburg, And The Heroic Age Of Postal Service(
4 May 2012, The Atlantic)
This Sunday, May 6, marks the 75th anniversary of the disaster of the Hindenburg, among other things a pioneer of transatlantic airmail.An exhibition at the National Postal Museum in Washington, across the street from Union Station, has a small but moving exhibit of objects related to the Titanic and the Hindenburg. Below, a few samples from that collection

Inside the Titanic (A Giant Cutaway Book)

Titanic Jewellery Will Help Maritime Museum Funds
(4 May 2012, Times & Star)
A range of Titanic-inspired jewellery will raise funds for Maryport’s Maritime Museum next week. The jewellery has been created by Whitehaven designer Emma Summerfield, who was commissioned by the museum and Allerdale council museum adviser Mary-Ann Lancaster. Mrs Summerfield, 37, whose aunt Dolly Daniels is a museum volunteer, said she was thrilled to be asked to create the range. The jewellery will be auctioned during next Friday’s first class Titanic dinner at Maryport’s Wave Centre, and bids can be placed in advance.

Titanic Artifacts At SC State Museum Bring To Life A Fateful Day(3 May 2012, The State)
One of those exhibits is pulling into the S.C. State Museum just a month after the centennial of the sinking. Add in the recent 3D release of the award-winning 1997 movie “Titanic,” and the timing couldn’t be better for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit to come to the museum. It opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 3. Visitors to the exhibit will receive a replica boarding pass before beginning their excursions, which begin with information on the construction of the ship. Then the story of life on board the ship is told by the personal items used by the crew and passengers.

Pastor Returns From Titanic Trip With Warm Memories(3 May 2012, Fall River Spirit)
After preaching for many years to the faithful of Greater Fall River, Rev. Robert Lawrence spent part of April engaged in a different kind of ministry. On a cruise ship floating atop the cold Atlantic Ocean, he helped lead a service in memory of the people who died when Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. The service concluded at the exact moment when the luxurious liner plunged into the sea — 100 years earlier at 2:20 a.m. — with the casting of two wreaths over the sinking site. "At that moment the clouds parted and the moon came out, creating a reflection in the water, like a pathway off into the distance," Lawrence said. "When the two wreaths went overboard, they got into the path of the moon's reflection. To see them go on and on very slowly into outer space was eerie."

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Nanjing Yard To Raise The Titanic For Tycoon
(3 May 2012, China Daily)
A Chinese shipyard will help the Titanic finally reach New York, after an order to build a replica of the luxury liner was made by an Australian billionaire. The deal between State-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard Co Ltd in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer to build Titanic II is music to the ears of China's shipbuilding industry, which is currently mired in its steepest earnings slump in three years. According to shipyard spokesman Li Wenbao, the Chinese company signed a memorandum of understanding on April 20 with the Australian tycoon to construct the ship in China. "We will try to build a liner that has the same dimensions as the original Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago. The Australian side is in charge of the design," Li told China Daily on Wednesday.

Museums Offer Local Titanic Ties(2 May 2012, Delco News Network)
What was front page news more than 100 years ago, was again on the covers of numerous publications a century later. Several exhibits, which opened last month, explore how the Titanic’s sinking affected those in the local region. “Titanic Philadelphians: true stories, real people, 100 years later” continues now until the end of the year at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. “Titanic Philadelphians” spotlights the personal lives of the Philadelphians directly affected by the ship disaster. The intimate exhibit is told through the accounts and stories of the 40 plus Philadelphians that sailed on the Titanic during her maiden voyage.



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Revisiting The Century-Old Titanic At The Singapore Museum
(29 June 2012, GMA News)
For the centennial commemoration of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, the Singapore ArtScience Museum took visitors on a journey of the ship’s history. The passengers’ personal stories came to life in 275 out of the 5,500 artifacts recovered from the ship, which lay hidden for 87 years on the ocean floor. The exhibit ticket – which resembled the ship’s original boarding pass – contains details about one of the 2,228 passengers on the ship. At the end of the exhibit, each of the visitors will know whether their ‘passenger’ survived the sea tragedy. The visitors were led down a faithful replica of the Titanic’s red-carpet corridors to an exhibit of the first-class room – there was a bed with a soft mattress and delicate covers, a lazy sofa adjacent to it, and a dressing table for the ladies.

Titanic Exhibition At Colne Muni Recreates Scenes From Ill-Fated Ship
(28 June 2012, Lancashire Telegraph)
Recreated scenes from the Titanic are the centrepiece of a prestigious new exhibition in the hometown of heroic bandmaster Wallace Hartley. Colne Muni is the venue for the ‘Titanic 100’ spectacular, pulled together by White Star Memories, until July 6. Facsimiles of the liner’s radio room, a-la carte restaurant and first and third class cabins will take pride of place, alongside a reconstruction of the wreck.

'Titanic' Passenger Remembered in Film(27 June 2012, India West)
When Annie Clemmer Funk, a Mennonite missionary to India, learned her mother was very ill in Pennsylvania, she quickly packed her bags and caught a train to Mumbai (then Bombay). From there she traveled to England, where she learned a coal strike had delayed her ship’s voyage to the United States. So she paid a few extra gold pieces for a spot on the Titanic, which set sail two days later. Funk was one of 1,517 people who died in the “unsinkable” ocean liner’s disaster on April 15, 1912. Just three days earlier, she had celebrated her 38th birthday aboard the Titanic.

Museum Offers Final Chance To Win Titanic Replica Deck Chairs(
25 June 2012, Oswego Daily News)
This is the final week for the community to take a chance on winning a pair of deck chairs designed in the style of those used aboard RMS Titanic. The H Lee White Marine Museum is offering these chairs as a fund-raiser for the museum. What a wonderful way to relax in a ‘Titanic’ way this summer with your very own elegant lounge chairs. They would look great by the pool or on your patio. They also make a great gift,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the museum. “We have even sold tickets to people in Ohio who found out about them online.” This pair of exquisite deck chairs is valued at nearly $1,000.

Titanic Workers Learn The Manners, Stories Of A Century Ago(23 June 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel)
It's been 100 years since Manca survived the Titanic's sinking. But it's her story Jamie Terrell feels when she reports to work at the Titanic Museum Attraction. Terrell's one of the always-in-character employee/performers at the Titanic attractions in Pigeon Forge. The singer/ actress previously played Snow White at Disney World. Now as a Titanic crew member, she helps train new museum workers in everything from how to bow and curtsy to how to relate the stories of Titanic passengers and crew. Such "Titanic College" sessions are held periodically at both the Pigeon Forge attraction and its sister in Branson, Mo.

S.S. Keewatin Welcomed Home To Ontario
(23 June 2012, CTVnews.ca)
After nearly five decades away, the 107-year-old S.S. Keewatin returned home to Port McNicoll, Ont. on Saturday afternoon. After pricey repairs, multiple attempts to pull it from the banks of the Kalamazoo River and a six-day journey, the boat arrived in Port McNicoll at around 1:30 p.m. The century-old Keewatin was built in Scotland in 1905. For 50 years, the ship connected the railheads in upper Lake Superior and Georgian Bay. The ship was retired from service in 1965 and was docked on Lake Kalamazoo in 1967 in the town of Douglas, Mich. It has since remained in Douglas, languishing as a museum. Ship captain Eric Conroy told CTV Barrie that the process of getting the ship from Douglas to Port McNicoll was a difficult one.

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Titanic Letter To Go On Display(
22 June 2012, The Press Association)
One of the last letters from the Titanic is to go on display this summer at the new Belfast visitors' centre dedicated to the liner. Assistant ship's surgeon Dr John Simpson's note to his mother was brought ashore at Cobh, Co Cork, the vessel's last stop. It will be displayed at the multimillion-pound Titanic Belfast building in the city's docks where the boat was built. The 37-year-old Belfast doctor was married and had one son when he took the commission on Titanic. He previously worked on another White Star Line ship - the Olympic.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Passengers Claim Refund
(20 June 2012, TravelMole)
Up to 200 passengers on a Titanic Memorial Cruise are threatening legal action to recover more than £246,000 they paid in fuel surcharges, which they claim is the largest demanded in the history of travel. Passengers were charged up to £15.50 per person per night just four weeks before they departed on the 21-night cruise in April organised by Miles Morgan Travel of Bristol on a ship chartered from Fred Olsen Cruiselines. It is understood that those who were first to book the cruise were not asked to pay the surcharge, but 950 of the 1,250 passengers did pay extra for fuel. A protest group has since formed to recover all the surcharge, which they claim was excessive and illegal.

Niece Of Titanic Survivor Passes Away
(20 June 2012, Norwich Evening News)
The niece of a North Walsham Titanic survivor, who helped to solve the mystery of her aunt for a local historian, has died. Gladys Whitwood, of Walsham Grange, was the niece of passenger May Howard and was key in unlocking the tale of her 1912 journey to America. Following a 1996 article in the Easter Daily Press appealing to people to come forward with information about the former domestic servant, Mrs Whitwood, then 73 years old, made contact with Norwich-based historian John Balls. He said: “I began my research into the five Norfolk survivors using passenger lists and on November 4 an article entitled The Mystery of May Howard ran in the press.”

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Titanic II A Step Closer To Reality
(19 June 2012, Sydney Morning Herald)
“Titanic II will be a regular feature on the transatlantic route between the UK and USA,” he said in a statement. “This magnificent vessel is being constructed in memory of the heroic people who served on the first ship, as well as the passengers who sadly shared their fate. “We also want to recognise the artists and artisans whose skill, creativity and dexterity has never been fully recognised because of the ship's limited service.” One of Mr Palmer's companies, Blue Star Line, has laid down design criteria to make the ship as similar to the original Titanic as possible. Once the project is given the all clear by Deltamarin, construction of Titanic II will begin in CSC Jinling Shipyard in China and is scheduled to be finished in 2016.

Titanic Meals Serve Up Charity Funds
(14 June 2012, Times & Star)
Two charity dinners held in Maryport to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic disaster raised nearly £2,000 for local charities. The dinners, a partnership between Lakes College and Maryport’s Wave Centre, raised £1,109 for Maryport Inshore Rescue and £881 for the Allerdale Mayor’s charities.

Relative Of Titanic Survivor Shares(14 June 2012, Pelham Reporter)
Dr. Julie Williams regaled Pelham seniors with the story of her great uncle’s survival of his Titanic voyage at the Pelham Senior Center June 14. Williams, a professor at Samford University, said her great uncle, Albert F. Caldwell, his wife, Sylvia Harbaugh Caldwell, and their 10-month-old son, Alden, were one of the few families to survive the Titanic intact. Williams documented the family’s journey in her new book, “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival.” The Caldwells were missionary schoolteachers in Siam, or today’s Thailand, and were traveling home to America aboard the Titanic.

Titanic Connection Leads Family To Issaquah
(12 June 2012, Issaquah Press)
Becker’s cousin, Jill Carrizales, remembers hearing the account as a child. The tale sparked a lifelong interest in the tragedy. Now, Carrizales and her daughter Jennifer Ramsey plan to travel from Gastonia, N.C., to Issaquah to attend a June 16 event dedicated to the Titanic disaster. In order to commemorate 100 years since the tragedy, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah plans to host pre-eminent Titanic historian Don Lynch at a June 16 discussion. The trip to Issaquah represents a milestone in Carrizales’ yearslong quest to meet Lynch. The historian interviewed Becker, then Ruth Becker Blanchard, before she died in 1990 at age 90.

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Titanic Aspirations: Richmond Man Charts Course To Build 6-Foot Ship Replica
(11 June 2012, Palladium-Item)
After dabbling with some small models of the most famous cruise liner in the history of the world, David Carpenter, 26, has stated a mission to construct a 6-foot replica of the Titanic. “I have built four (smaller models) before, but this is the first with the exact details of the inside of the ship,” Carpenter said. Carpenter plans to build each room inside the 6-foot long, 22-inch tall, 8 1/2-inch wide model to exact specifications using blueprints from the building of the actual Titanic by Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, and using photos of the inside construction of the main areas and passenger rooms.

Anger Over Glitches In Belfast's Titanic Shipyard Ride
(11 June 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
It has only been open for two months, yet one of the main attractions at Titanic Belfast appears to be plagued by gremlins. The Shipyard Ride was plugged as one of the highlights of the £97m attraction, yet visitors are complaining that despite paying full price to get in, they’ve been left disappointed after finding the ride wasn’t operating. And it seems the glitches have been more than just a one-off. There have been more complaints about the shutdown of the Shipyard Ride. One visitor said the Shipyard Ride was operating but the visuals and audiotrack were out of sync.

Titanic Survivor Who Lived And Died In Obscurity Has Grave Marked
(9 June 2012, DigitalJournal.com)
With 2012 being the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, there has been a rekindling of interest in the doomed liner that hit that iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. At the time of his death at age 66 on Oct. 31, 1958, Lindquist was not known for having been a Titanic survivor, but rather a simple steel worker. No fame had come his way. That all changed last April 15 when Tulocay Cemetery officials found out through an article about Lindquist in a local newspaper. The Napa Valley Register wrote that Lindquist was buried there in an unmarked grave and the cemetery's board of directors decided to honor his having survived the disaster and lived in their area with a gravestone, which they paid for.

UPDATE-Kansas City Titanic Exhibit at Union Station will now be open Mondays beginning 18 June. Exhibit runs till 3 Sept. Further details at titanic.unionstation.org.
(Source:Kansas City Star, Titanic Exhibit Will Be Open Mondays, 9 June 2012)

Titanic Survivor Status In Question(8 June 2012, Albany Times Union)
Gowan also tracked down what happened to the 212 Titanic crew members out of 712 total people who survived the sinking. Almost none of the crew members settled in the U.S. He traced other records between the Southampton Bright and the Albany Bright. "Nothing seemed to match and it didn't seem possible that the one buried in Albany was the Titanic survivor," Gowan said. He had all the proof he needed. The entry for Bright on the Encyclopedia Titanica website was changed to reflect the fact that Arthur John Bright the Titanic survivor was Gowan's Bright in England and not Findlay's Bright in Albany.

Glenrothes Exhibition Posts A Truly 'Titanic' Visitor Total
(6 June 2012, Fife Today)
Organisers, volunteers and guests celebrated the success of the display in the Kingdom centre unit which has hosted the two-month long event. And Linda Ballingall, chairwoman of Glenrothes and Area Heritage Centre which staged the exhibition revealed that 8000 people had visited it during that run. The exhibition was organised both to honour the part played by a local noblewoman in the aftermath of the 1912 disaster, and also to continue the momentum provided by the original exhibition which the group staged at the same unit two years ago. It has prompted considerable interest, both at home and abroad, with visitors coming from as far away as Canada and the United States.

"Titanic Centennial" Gala Planned For June 16(6 June 2012, Fall River Herald News)
The event will not feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet sharing a romantic embrace, nor will it feature Celine Dion’s booming vocals as the couple falls in love on the bow of a ship.But, the upcoming "Titanic Centennial: A Night To Remember" will feature just about everything else related to the Titanic as Fall Riverites step back in time and celebrate the high society that witnessed the Titanic’s historical crash. The event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on June 16 at Commonwealth Landing on Davol Street. Tickets cost $100 per person for a night of great food and entertainment. Event organizer Alan Macomber says it will be the biggest event of the year in Fall River, with proceeds going toward the city’s Youth Musical Theater Corporation and the city’s Children Museum. "Today, there are few opportunities for couples to dress up for a night on the town. The event will be black tie optional with fine food and drink, live entertainment all in a 1868 mill setting," Macomber wrote in an e-mail.

School Celebrates Titanic Survivor
(6 June 2012, The Satellite)
The great grandmother of two St Augustine's College sisters was one of the oldest living survivors of the Titanic. The life of Edith Haisman (nee Brown) was celebrated last week when Laura Maskell and Tiffany Taylor presented a biography of their great grandmother to the school. Mrs Haisman was 15 when her family boarded RMS Titanic in 1912 in Southampton, England. Her father was taking the family to New York to open a hotel business, with all their belongings, tableware, furnishings and 1000 rolls of bed linen for the new venture packed into the Titanic's hold. Mrs Haisman's granddaughter Dawn Pincott, of Springfield, said the night Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, haunted her grandmother for years following the disaster.

Titanic Replica Draws Attention Everywhere, Collector Say
s(5 June 2012, NOLA.Com)
All was fine until he ventured near the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. It was there that Koch's spot-on replica of history's most famous ill-fated luxury liner firmly captured the attention of Louisiana's famously inattentive drivers. Soon, traffic was bumper to bumper -- even more than it usually is on the southbound Causeway during morning rush hour. "I'm really sorry about that," Koch said recently. He said he figured motorists might like to see the boat, "but then they started to flat-out stop. I did not expect that." "I didn't do it to piss anybody off," Koch sheepishly added, acknowledging some Internet criticism of his cruise. "Maybe I made one pass too many. I won't do it again. I promise." Not that it was the first time the mini-Titanic, a 40-1 scale model of the real thing, has turned heads.

Titanic Locket’s Owner Discovery About As Hokie As The Jesus Grilled Cheese
(4 June 2012, Rittenhoused)
Which brings us to the latest and greatest discovery of the Titanic locket…or so they say. A Pennsylvania family is on the prowl to lock down the correct owner of their beloved locket they got from an antiques dealer 15 years ago. It is inscribed with initials that can either be read as AMA or AWA…well, that’s suspicious. It also came with a piece of paper that reads, “Wreck of the Titanic, April 15th, 1912. Loss of life 1645.” Umm…duh! Only 1,514 people died on the Titanic. Another read flag. But, regardless, Betty and Buz Carbone of Hempfield, PA are convinced that their little treasure belonged to someone on that fateful ship. So, they set out to find AMA…or AWA…which ever it is. And, low and behold, what do you know. They found someone who was on the Titanic whose initials match the inscription…sort of. Annie Moore Ward of Philadelphia was on the Titanic working as a maid for a first-class passenger. Well, then it just has to be hers right. AMW, AMA, AWA…it’s all the same.

Orleans DAR To Host Titanic Presentation
(4 June 2012, The Daily News Online)
Gregory Kinal will present on the Titanic at the Orleans Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at 2 p.m. June 9 at the Chapter House, 249 North Main St. in Albion. Kinalwill discuss the concept and construction of the ship, the events on sailing day followed by ice fields and why things went wrong on April 14.  The program will also focus on the ship taking on water, the lowering of the lifeboats, and the death of over 1,500 people.  The end of the progam will show the impact of Robert Ballard and the discovery of the Titanic in 1985 as well as the latest information about the wreck.

Titanic Answer Possible For Locket
(3 June 2012, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
About 15 years after a Hempfield family acquired a gold locket they believed belonged to a Titanic survivor, they might have solved the mystery of its ownership. The round locket engraved with the letters "AWA" or "AMA" in intricate script might have been owned by Titanic survivor Annie Moore Ward of Philadelphia, they say. The necklace is just one piece of Betty and Buz Carbone's cherished Titanic collection, which includes a lump of coal from the ship and newspapers detailing the tragedy. Ward, who was 38 in April 1912, served as a personal maid for first-class passenger Charlotte Wardle Cardeza of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia.

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Gastonia Women Head To West Coast For Titanic Program
(2 June 2012, Charlotte Observer)
As family stories go, it would be hard to top the one that’s come down to Jill Carrizales of Gastonia. She had four relatives aboard the Titanic when the ocean liner sank April 14, 1912. The 100th anniversary of that historic event has come and gone, but it’s stirred a momentum that’s taking Carrizales and her daughter, Jennifer Ramsey of Gastonia to the west coast. Later this month, they’re headed to the city of Issaquah in King County, Wash., to attend a Titanic anniversary fundraising program sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. The speaker is Titanic expert Donald Lynch, who interviewed Carrizales’ cousin Ruth Becker Blanchard, who survived the disaster. In time, Blanchard and Lynch became friends. The official historian of the Titanic Historical Society and a consultant on James Cameron’s epic movie about the liner, Lynch wrote a detailed account of Carrizales’ family story.

Titanic Remembrances - On Surviving The Titanic In Lifeboat 5(1 June 2012, Connecticut Plus)
As part of Norwalk’s Titanic Summer of Events, on Friday, June 8 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and The Norwalk Public Library is hosting “Titanic Remembrances - On Surviving the Titanic in Lifeboat 5” at 11:00 am with Professor Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach, Professor of Philosophy (& Women's Studies), The City University of New York, granddaughter of Wilson Point resident and Titanic survivor Marguerite Froelicher-Schwarzenbach. See Reservation instructions. The informal talk will include facts, photos and memories of this Swiss grandmother and her family, of the survivor's recollections of the voyage, the role the Titanic legend has played in the speaker's own life, as well as its place in our larger cultural imagination. Sibyl Schwarzenbach's talk will focus on memories of her grandmother "Maedi," who was on her way to New York in order to meet her fiancé Robert J. Schwarzenbach, when disaster struck. Maedi later settled on Wilson Point and lived up the road from her grandchildren and oldest son.


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JULY


Mount Allison Scientist Solves Titanic Mystery
(30 Jul 2012, CBC.ca)
Scientists at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., have solved a Titanic mystery for PBS's History Detectives, marking the first time the public television program has gone outside the U.S. for expertise. An upcoming episode of the show, which probes the facts behind popular folklore, family legends and the history of interesting objects, promises to reveal whether the wood in a family picture frame is, as some of its owners claim, from the railing of a staircase on the ocean liner that famously sank in the Atlantic a century ago.

Houston Titanic Exhibition Update-Extended Dates for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition(30 Jul 2012, Business Wire-press release)
The Houston Museum of Natural Science announced today it has extended the dates for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition through September 23 in order to provide guests with one final opportunity to experience more than 250 authentic artifacts recovered from the world’s largest ship; touch a piece of real Titanic history and pay tribute to the more than 1,500 lives lost on the Centennial commemoration of the legendary Ship.  Information on prices and hours at hmns.org.

Chivalry on Sinking Ships Only a Myth, Researchers Find
(30 Jul 2012, Bloomberg)
“Women and children first” was never the social norm on sinking ships, nor was the self- sacrificing captain who gives the order before going down with his vessel, a study of maritime disasters shows. Crew members had the highest survival rates in shipwrecks, followed by captains and male passengers, according to the report today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research found that women’s survival rate on 16 maritime disasters from 1852 to 2011 was half that of men’s, and children had the worst chance of getting off the boat alive. Men in general have better survival prospects, unless they engage in self-sacrificing, helping behavior, the authors said. The exception is the sinking of the RMS Titanic, in which the survival rate of women and children was three times higher than men’s. In that instance, the captain ordered a women-and- children-first evacuation, and officers reportedly shot men who disobeyed, according to the study.

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Titanic Menu, Medal Sold At Auction
(29 Jul 2012, BBC News)
A menu of the first dinner served to first-class passengers on the Titanic has sold for £46,000 at auction. It was among 400 items being auctioned in Wiltshire as part of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. The opulent menu is dated 10 April 1912, three days before the liner hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, killing 1,522 people. Also featured in the sale was a gold medal awarded to the rescue ship Carpathia's Second Officer James Bisset. The medal sold for £41,000.

We Remember Dickens And The Titanic. So Why Have We Forgotten Henry Bell?(27 Jul 2012, The Guardian Blogs-blog)
But something else was born in 1812 that proved even more remarkable and influential than Dickens. On 6 August, 200 years ago on Monday week, a ship powered by steam made its maiden voyage up the Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow. This was the little Comet, commissioned by a millwright and hotel owner named Henry Bell. Thanks to Bell's efforts, the Comet was recognised as the first commercially successful steamship in Europe, enabling Bell to claim his title as the father of steam navigation, and thus a leading figure among the Britons, and particularly Scotsmen, who shaped the modern world.

Cardboard Boats Take Their Chances
(26 Jul 2012, Iroquois County Times-Republic)
To say that the structures were sound is something of a stretch, but the effort given by the children was amazing as their minds came up with the best options for what would float and give them the best chance of winning. The contestants for the race were the USS Mayhem, Ruby Rain, Ugly Ductling, SS Nemo, Carolina and Titanic. The Ugly Ductling won the fan favorite, “She’s a Beaut,” award through cheers from the crowd. As the race began, several boats looked as though they could be contenders, but it was the Ruby Rain which pulled ahead and actually did two laps of down and back in the pool. Cassidy Stone and Xander Grant piloted the boat to its final victory.

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Titanic Violin Added To Show
(25 Jul 2012, Lancashire Telegraph)
A violin dedicated to Colne’s Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley, who played on as the ship went down, has been added to an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the disaster. “Unsinkable”, the exhibition at Lancaster Maritime Museum, celebrates the county’s links to the Titanic and runs until October 30 between 11am and 5pm, seven days a week. The actual violin played by Hartley on the Titanic was never found. There are several legends about this one but it was probably made by Arthur Catton Lancaster, who knew Hartley very well, as a tribute to him after the disaster. The violin is on loan from July to September from the Burnley Music Centre, Lancashire Music Service.

Titanic Belfast Hits 'Depths Of Inanity'(25 Jul 2012, Irish Times)
Titanic Belfast, the £76 million visitor centre which opened in the city in March, has been nominated for the least-coveted prize in architecture after months of public voting. The Carbuncle Cup, awarded annually by Building Design magazine, is aimed at highlighting the worst excesses of British architecture. The organisers said Titanic Belfast was “designed to resemble the collision of a ship and an iceberg”. They concluded the building’s architects plunged to “new depths of inanity in their literal architectural expression."The anonymous nominator who proposed Titanic Belfast for inclusion on the shortlist said: “Arrived in Belfast – can confirm Titanic museum is listing to port, likely to sink immediately”.

Titanic Cookbook Offers Selected Dishes From The Famous Liner's Dining Rooms
(24 Jul 2012, Winnipeg Free Press)
This year's 100th anniversary of the sinking of the majestic passenger liner RMS Titanic off Newfoundland prompted many memorials in April as well as ongoing exhibits, most of which are taking place in the Maritimes. It is fitting, then, that a new publication, “Titanic: The Cookbook: Recipes from the Era of the Great Ocean Liners,” has made its entrance via a Halifax-based publisher. The book presents ideas for great dinner parties as an homage to the cuisine of the era when the great ship went down in April 1912. The cookbook has its roots in England. It was written by Yvonne Hume, whose great-uncle was the first violinist on the Titanic and perished that fateful night.

Inside The Wreckage Of The Titanic Exhibit
(24 Jul 2012, WLTX.com)
The South Carolina State Museum marks the centennial year of the Titanic sinking with an exhibit of artifacts. Not only is the museum displaying items found on the ocean floor, but they also have a replica of the iceberg that sunk the ship. "You can actually touch this cold, large chunk of ice that they saw that actually caused the wreck," said Tut Underwood of South Carolina State Museum. The state has the honor of hosting the exhibit on its 100th year. "It's terrific that we can get this thing during the year that everybody's talking about the Titanic again," he said.

Alex Attwood Unhappy At Charge To Access Titanic Dock
(23 Jul 2012, BBC News)
The Environment Minister Alex Attwood has expressed his unhappiness with the erection of fencing around the Thompson dock where the Titanic was fitted out before her fateful voyage. NI Science Park, which owns the Belfast dock, had the fencing put up recently. Mr Attwood thinks it is unfair that tourists have to pay to take a tour of the pump house in order to get up close to the dock and take a look inside. He wants access to be free after his department provided £1.5m.

Titanic Exhibit In San Diego
(21 Jul 2012, OCRegister)
Museums around the world are marking the anniversary of the April 15, 1912, incident, made even more famous by the 1997 movie "Titanic." A major local commemoration is the virtual voyage at San Diego Natural History Museum. When you buy a $27 ticket aboard the Titanic, you are assigned the name of an actual 1912 passenger and walk through exhibit galleries that explain how Titanic came to be, some of the personalities aboard the vessel's celebrated maiden voyage, how she met her demise and how artifacts being salvaged from the ocean floor are keeping Titanic's legacy alive. You view some 200 artifacts, including passengers' personal belongings, raised from the deep. The exhibit runs through Sept. 9.

Clive Palmer reveals detailed plans for Titanic II
(17 Jul 2012, Herald Sun)
The outspoken businessman said a casino would most probably be restricted to first class passengers only to ensure those who could not afford to lose money didn't. "There'll be some sort of screening (process)," Mr Palmer said. We'll be in international waters so we'll probably be able to stop pensioners coming without breaching any legislation." He said the replica of the ill-fated Titanic would feature a number of key differences including the addition of a "safety deck" with "proper lifeboats".

As Titanic's Discoverer Does Research At Sea, Armchair Explorers Can Watch Online(16 Jul 2012, Washington Post)
Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic in 1985, is a shipwreck-finding machine. Now you can watch his crew search for ancient wrecks through the eyes of the machines that do the real work. This summer, as Ballard and his exploration ship Nautilus sail the Black and Mediterranean seas, armchair explorers can watch online at www.nautiluslive.org. As a rotating crew of 100 scientists and educators search for Byzantine-era ships and sample ocean life, live video from two remotely operated vehicles — the classically named Hercules and Argus — will take viewers to the seafloor in real time. Outfitted with a high-speed data link, the Nautilus is the only exploration ship in the world bringing the public along for the ride.

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Halifax Served As Final Port For Many Titanic Victims(15 Jul 2012, Nashua Telegraph)
We stood in a light misty rain at the bottom of a gentle rise at the upper end of the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ahead of us, four rows of mostly identical gray granite markers curved inward to come to a point at the top of the rise. Our tour guide, a gentlemanly, kilt-wearing Scotsman named Doug, said the curve was deliberate, to indicate the prow of a ship. Each marker bears the date April 15, 1912, the date these 121 people died on the steamship Titanic. Each marker has a name, if known, and many aren’t, and a number that indicates the order in which the body was found. Since some bodies were so badly damaged that they were buried at sea and some were removed by family members, the numbers exceed the 149 buried in Halifax. Perhaps being there in the rain was appropriate: It’s a sad place, but a well-kept, revered spot.

Unsinkable Molly Brown's 145Th Birthday Shared With Community, Family(15 Jul 2o12, Denver Post)
It wasn't the woman in the white Victorian gown and satin gloves who drew the most looks at Molly Brown's 145th-birthday celebration Sunday but the woman in a red shirt and jeans — Brown's great-granddaughter. Helen Benziger, 61, joined the crowd celebrating her great-grandmother's birthday at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. "This is the most amazing thing that she could have dreamed of," Benziger said. "She would love it if she knew that this many people, a hundred years later, still came here and held her in such great esteem." The event included children's activities, tours of the home — saved from demolition in 1970 — historic presentations and cake.

Premier Exhibitions 1Q Profit Up, Attendance Rises
(12 Jul 2012, Businessweek)
Premier Exhibitions, known for its 'Bodies' shows and Titanic exhibit, posted a 9 percent jump in first-quarter net income as it held more events and operated on more days during the period. The Atlanta company earned $1.2 million, or 2 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. That compares with $1.1 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 19 percent to $11.5 million from $9.7 million.

Washington Post Receives 'Adorable' Letter From Fifth Graders Correcting Mistake In Titanic Story (11 Jul 2012, Huffington Post)
After publishing an April roundup post of Titanic books, Washington Post contributing editor Dennis Drabelle received the most adorable correction ever from an unlikely source -- a fifth grade class from Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., Poynter reports. Drabelle had initially written that Titanic collided with the iceberg on April 15 -- something the youngsters refuted with an adorable correction written on a large letter. “Based on our research,” wrote Mrs. Reed’s fifth-grade class, “the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.” Whoops!

Rare Titanic Rescuers' Medal Up For Auction
(10 Jul 2012, This is Bath)
The medal is believed to be the rarest of its kind – only a few were made and the one being sold by auctioneers Aldridge & Sons in Wiltshire later this month is the most senior to be sold. It was given to the Carpathia’s second officer, James Bisset and is a gold medal of thanks – it’s only the second gold medal to be offered for sale anywhere in the world in the past 25 years. “It’s thought to be the most senior officer’s medal ever to go under the hammer,” said Andrew Aldridge, from the Devizes firm.

Titanic in Photographs (Titanic Collection)


Ready For A Titanic Feast?
(9 Jul 2012, The Sunshine Coast Daily)
Food and wine lovers with a sense of history will be in their element from Monday July 30 to Sunday 5 August when the 'Titanic Culinary Journey' sets sail at Palmer Coolum Resort. The lavish menus from the world's most famous ship, the RMS Titanic, will be lovingly recreated by Palmer Coolum Resort's skilled chefs during a romantic culinary celebration that will encapsulate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort's sumptuous restaurants. While guests indulge their tastebuds from the delectable menus, imagery and entertainment will complete the experience by showcasing the extravagance that was so prevalent in maritime travel during early 1900s.

Memorial Plaque For Titanic Workers
(7 Jul 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
A memorial plaque in tribute to eight shipyard workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Titanic has been unveiled. First Minister Peter Robinson unveiled the memorial erected outside the club rooms of Harland and Wolff Welders’ Football and Social Club in east Belfast.

New Exhibit Gives Residents Up Close Look At Titanic(7 Jul 2012, WACH)
The South Carolina State Museum has a new Titanic exhibit; which has been a popular one so far this summer. The exhibit includes over 100 artifacts found from the actual ship wreck; from dishes to clothing to purses; even beds. There is also a movie showcasing how it was built until it sank. Another unique feature is a fake iceberg for people to touch. It shows just how cold the water was that froze most of the passengers to death.

Titanic Discoverer Locates Turkish Pilots Shot Down By Syria
(4 Jul 2012, Telegraph.co.uk)
The discovery of the two corpses on the seabed could help to settle an argument over whether the plane was shot down in international airspace or over Syrian territorial waters. Turkey recruited the services of Robert Ballard, a renowned oceanographer who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, to locate the remains of the F-4 Phantom and its two missing crew members. The bodies of Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksov were located by the MV Nautilus, an American deep-sea exploration vessel led by Mr Ballard. The boat is now attempting to retrieve the remains of the two men. The wreckage of the plane itself has yet to be found. Turkey will hope that its retrieval will boost its case that Syria shot the aircraft down deliberately and without warning in international airspace -- although it has acknowledged that the plane probably drifted into Syrian waters when it crashed.

Titanic Souvenirs And More At Old Museo Maritimo(3 Jul 2012, ABS CBN News)
Video of Titanic artifacts and related items at Old Museo Maritimo in Pasay City, Phillippines.


AUGUST

Memorials Combine Emotion With Fact(31 Aug 2012, UT Daily Beacon)
Americans love to commemorate events of the past. We have a multitude of national holidays set aside for various presidents' birthdays, we dedicate entire months to celebrating historical movements, and we have no shortage of exhibits and attractions in remembrance of events or individuals. Take the 100th birthday of the Titanic this year — aside from the permanent and popular attraction in Pigeon Forge, museums across the country featured interactive exhibits where visitors played the part of a historical person on the ship, finding out at the end of the exhibit if their character lived or died. These exhibits were designed to add a level of personal connection to the commemorative event, to make it more than mere historical fact, and to emphasize the need to remember the Titanic.

Memorial For Cratloe Man Who Died On Titanic
(24 Aug 2012, Limerick Leader)
A local man who died when the Titanic sank in 1912 was remembered recently at a special commemorative ceremony. A memorial to Cratloe native Daniel Keane was unveiled at Gullet Cross, Cratloe recently. “Daniel lived in Cratloe only a couple of hundred metres from where the monument stands today,” explained Seamus Spaight, who is a great grand nephew of Daniel. “He was a second class passenger, as were most of the Irish people, on one of the greatest ships ever built,” he added. Seamus is a retired farmer who has taken up stone masonry as a hobby and came up with the idea to carve a monument to his great grand uncle.

Titanic Exhibit Will Visit Raleigh To Showcase 200 Artifacts From Ship(
19 Aug 2012, The Raleigh Telegram)
Titanic, the ship of dreams, still fascinates readers, moviegoers and just about anyone who has heard the tragic tale, even a century after an iceberg sent the now-legendary ship to the bottom of the icy North Atlantic. Starting September 29th, visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences can follow that fateful voyage, take on the identity of a passenger, touch the iceberg and see more than 200 artifacts recovered from the broken ship’s debris field two-and-a-half miles beneath the surface. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs through April 28, 2013, immersing visitors in the experience of the 2,228 passengers — titans of commerce, artists, leaders of countries, immigrant dreamers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.

For further information, go to http://naturalsciences.org/titanic.

Ballard's Cyprus Sea Expedition 'Going Well'
(18 Aug 2012, Cyprus Mail)
Famed explorer Robert Ballard has told the Cyprus Mail his expedition over the Eratosthenes Seamount is currently collecting images during sweeps of the area using the latest technology to explore the sea floor. Speaking via satellite phone from his ship the EV Nautilus, Ballard said his team, which comprises of geologists, marine biologists and oceonologists, will remain off the coast of Cyprus for the next two weeks and is conducting explorations at a depth of 800 metres.  “Everything here is going well. It turns out that this seamount is caught in a head on collision – it’s being slammed into the island of Cyprus,” Ballard said.

What A Titanic Effort: Doomed Liner's Radio Room Recreated
(14 Aug 2012, Daily Mail)
The Marconi wireless room, which was used to send distress signals during the terrifying sea tragedy, has now gone on show at Swaffham Museum, Norfolk, for three months. Because now, in the year of its 100th anniversary, it has been recreated. Retired lorry driver Ted Sinclair, 71, of nearby Beachamwell, embarked on a labour of love to produce the early 20th century maritime communications centre. The Titanic enthusiast said: 'It has been a real labour of love because the parts are wildly expensive."Where possible I have used original pieces from the time.' Mr Sinclair bought most of the items for his incredibly lifelike replica by trawling through eBay including a silver plated brass lamp dredged up from the seabed near the doomed ship.

Halifax Continues To Welcome Titanic Tourists(13 Aug 2012, CTV News)
Four months have passed since Halifax welcomed visitors from all over the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. At the time, it was said the international media exposure would have a lasting impact on the city, and so far it appears to be true. Tourists from the United States, Greece and even Australia were visiting the FairviewLawn Cemetery today, where more than 100 of the Titanic victims were laid to rest after the infamous passenger liner sunk in 1912. While the city may no longer be welcoming thousands of Titanic enthusiasts, as it did in April during the commemoration of the ships centenary, it still sees a steady stream of people from all over the world. “This was the main reason why we came here,” says James Dunlavey, who is visiting from Massachusetts. “You know, everyone who watches the movie, you want to come here and pay your respects and just see the area.”

How Titanic Chefs Recreate Ship's Menu(10 Aug 2012, U.TV)
Head chef Leo Small leads a team of almost 130 cooks in the kitchens of the spectacular new attraction, which opened in style earlier this year. While many visitors opt for an interactive history lesson of the world's most famous ship, others have made a meal of their trip - the building's iconic staircase provides the backdrop for corporate hospitality, weddings and even a luxurious buffet lunch. A century ago, passengers on the Belfast-built liner dined on oysters, roast duckling, pâté de foie gras and chocolate and vanilla éclairs. Leo said his team have taken that cuisine and given it a modern twist. "Some of the menus - the stuff that was on the original Titanic - they still exist at the more classier restaurants as modern cooking because it's modern cooking techniques involved in that," he explained.

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Sinking Your Teeth Into The Final Fare Served On The Titanic
(6 Aug 2012, Brisbane Times)
Is it in bad taste to eat the food that hundreds of people ate right before they died? That was the question around one table at a re-creation of the last, immensely lavish, 10-course dinner eaten by first class passengers hours before the Titanic struck the iceberg. The dinner was hosted by mining magnate Clive Palmer on Saturday night at his Coolum resort. (Mr Palmer is on a mission to build the Titanic II). And this year, being the 100th anniversary of the sinking, has been marked by dinners of the final first-class meal held all over the world. As someone interested in food and history and how the act of eating can help to shape who we are, it was an opportunity impossible to turn down.

Letters Written During Titanic's 'Doomed' Voyage Now On Public Display(2 Aug 2012, Wirral Globe)
Two letters written aboard Titanic during her doomed maiden voyage are on display at Liverpool’s Merseyside Maritime Museum. Written by chief officer Henry Wilde, the letters are among several items associated with the doomed liner, including his White Star Line cap and Royal Naval epaulettes which have been hidden away for more than a century. His family have decided to loan them to Merseyside Maritime Museum to be included in the free exhibition “Titanic and Liverpool”: the untold story which runs until next summer. Henry perished in the sinking but was heralded a hero for saving lives by ushering women and children into lifeboats. The letters bring home the human loss of the disaster.

SEPTEMBER

Titanic Exhibition Docks In Shreveport(28 Sep 2012, KSLA-TV)
100 years ago the Titanic sunk, but now the exhibition is docking at Sci-Port. KSLA News 12 got a sneak peek at a brand new exhibit. They have artifacts ranging from first and third class bedrooms to a post card from New Orleans. There are actors who will walk throughout the exhibit, in character, to give it a little more life. Tickets cost $23 for adults, $19 for military and seniors, $18 for children, $17 for adult groups, and the member rate is only $8. They open the doors to the exhibit Saturday, September 29th through January 20th. More information at Sci-Port.

'Titanic' Steers Big Year At The Henry Ford
(28 Sep 2012, The Detroit News)
It's been a very good year at The Henry Ford. "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," which closes Sunday night, has been a big hit, exceeding attendance projections by about 25 percent, according to Henry Ford vice-president for operations and CFO Denise A. Thal. The traveling show was expected to pull in 250,000 visitors, but as of Thursday more than 320,000 tickets were sold. That's not all. By this week, overall attendance at the museum reached 682,000, 18 percent more than last year's 564,000 total. Membership at the Henry Ford has shown similar buoyancy, increasing by 10,000 members since the year began, Thal says. The temptation is to attribute this good news entirely to "Titanic," but Thal warns against that. "It's not all 'Titanic,'" she says, "though clearly we got a significant boost from that." Still, she notes that before "Titanic" opened on March 31, numbers were already 35 percent ahead of the first three months in 2011.

10 Years Later, Little Justice In Africa's Titanic
(27 Sep 2012, Radio Netherlands)
On Wednesday Senegal marked the 10th anniversary of the capsizing of the Joola, on 26 September 2002. The passenger ferry which was crammed more than three times beyond its capacity, tipped over in a storm as it sailed from Ziguinchor. At the time, MV Le Joola was assuring the liaison between the southern city and the capital Dakar. The official toll was 1,863, but families of those who vanished say the number surpasses 2,000. The vessel was only supposed to be carrying a maximum of 580 people. The number of deaths far exceeds the 1,563 who perished when the Titanic went down in 1912. Officials in 2003 concluded that the captain, who died in the wreck, was the only person responsible. Overcrowding and poor maintenance were also blamed. That same year, the government declared the case closed after several ministers and high-ranking military officers were fired, without it ever coming before a court.

Inflatable Titanic Slide Causing Controversy(26 Sep 2012, WSET)
A Lynchburg pumpkin patch is getting a lot of attention for its inflatable slide for kids. The 25 foot tall slide is not the problem - it's the tragedy it depicts. The slide on Smith's Pumpkin Patch on Fort Avenue represents the sinking of the Titanic, a horrible accident that killed more than 1,500 people. Some locals really seem to have strong opinions about this one. "I am extremely appalled. I am extremely offended that someone would put up something for children to play on that represents such tragedy," said Reverend Bryan Garra, a church pastor. "This just isn't a big deal. The kids love it. If you don't like it, don't bring your kids here," said Marie Columna, a mother. "I think it's encouraging disrespect and irreverence for the people who lost their lives in such a tragedy," said Kristin White, a Lynchburg resident. "It wasn't to advertise death, it was to advertise something that happened 100 years ago and it's a really neat slide. The kids really enjoy it," said Lenaya Smith, the owner of the patch.

Titanic Survivor's Descendants Reunite In North Dakota(22 Sep 2012, In-Forum)
Six descendants of a couple aboard the RMS Titanic gathered around their family’s plot Saturday afternoon in a small graveyard here.
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Titanic Captain Failed Navigation Test(21 Sep 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
The captain of the Titanic which sank after colliding with an iceberg in 1912 is believed to have originally failed his navigation test, TV historian Tony Robinson said yesterday. But Edward John Smith, who famously went down with the ship, was eventually given the all clear and he received his Masters Certificate in February 1888. He is among the well-known seamen to appear in The Great Britain, Masters and Mates Certificates 1850-1927, which were published yesterday on the family history website Ancestry.co.uk. The question of what shall we do with the drunken sailor? was a sobering question which puzzled 19th Century politicians and led to the stricter regulation of seamen. The 280,000 documents, released in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, detail the seamen who passed examinations designed to test their experience and general good conduct, and give evidence of their sobriety. The system aimed to combat drunk and disorderly behaviour, which was rife in the Merchant Navy during the early 19th century.

Titanic Belfast Hits The Half Million Mark For Visitors(20 Sep 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
Titanic Belfast has welcomed 500,000 people through its doors since opening six months ago, outstripping the annual target of 425,000. The stunning landmark building opened on March 31 and has attracted visitors from across the world. As luck would have it, the half millionth person to check out the venue was the great-granddaughter of a Harland and Wolff shipyard worker. Lynda Price (61), an east Belfast-born retired teacher from Calgary, Canada, told the Belfast Telegraph she was thrillled to visit Titanic Belfast. “I was last home six years ago when Titanic Belfast wasn’t here,” Lynda said.

Titanic Belfast Celebrates 500K Visitors
(18 Sep 2012, U.TV)
On Tuesday, six months after the exhibition opened Lynda Price, the great-granddaughter of a shipyard worker, became the 500,000th visitor. Mrs Price, who lives in Canada but was born in east Belfast, visited with her husband and son and said her family connection to the Titanic had led to her to the exhibition. "It's a beautiful building," she said, adding that her son was very interested in the Titanic story. "We really wanted to be part of this when we came. I had a great-grandfather who worked on the Titanic before it sailed." Belfast Community Gospel Choir performed at the building, and Mrs Price was welcomed by the city's Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson. She was presented with gifts, including a personally signed letter from Dr Robert Ballard, the Oceanographer who found Titanic 27 years ago this month. Visitor numbers at the centre have exceeded the original annual forecast, which was set at 425,000 for the first six months.

Old Picture Could Be Of Titanic's Hero Bandleader(18 Sep 2012, Wetherby Today)
An old picture discovered in a house clearance in Harrogate could soon be sold at auction after it emerged that its subject could be Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley, who was engaged to a woman from Boston Spa. Relic hunter Martin Roberts, 53, from Leeds, chanced upon the black and white image after buying a box of items for £55 from a house clearance in Harrogate. He was about to sell the picture for 50p at a car boot sale until he realised its significance. “I was at Clithero car boot sale about a year ago and I had it on the table for £1, until this lady came up to me and asked what I was doing with a picture of Wallace Hartley,” he said. “I didn’t even know who he was."

Titanic-Era Ship Anchors Port Redevelopment(17 Sep 2012, Globe and Mail)
Steamship fleet. From 1907 to 1966, the Keewatin ferried new immigrants, tourists, grain and other goods from CPR’s harbours  - first from Owen Sound, Ont. - and then from Port McNicoll, Ont., through the waters of Georgian Bay. The Keewatin has twice been saved from the scrapper, thanks to American businessman Rolland J. Peterson, who purchased it in 1967 for $40,000 and towed it to his marina in Douglas, Mich., and again in 2011 when his son, Matt, told a newspaper that if it were up to him, he’d sell the ship for scrap. Mr. Blutrich – a real estate developer who specializes in repositioning landmark properties, such as Ontario’s Deerhurst and Horseshoe resorts, as residential lifestyle communities – was keen to make the Keewatin the focal point of his new Port McNicoll Resort Village, a 1,125-acre master planned destination community. Skyline spent millions to buy the ship, dredge a mile-long path out of the silt-choked Kalamazoo River, and tow it back to Port McNicoll on June 23.

Titanic Exhibit At KC's Union Station Exceeds Goal(17 Sep 2012, Sacramento Bee-via AP)
Titanic exhibit that coincided with the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated voyage drew nearly 123,000 people to Kansas City's Union Station. The Kansas City Star ( http://bit.ly/RioooX) reported that it wasn't immediately known how much the exhibit netted. But the station's chief financial officer, Jerry Baber, says the break-even point was about 75,000 tickets.

The Henry Ford Extends Hours for Final Boarding of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition(
17 Sep 2012, Midland Daily News-Press Release)
Don’t miss your last chance to board Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at The Henry Ford before it sets sail on September 30. Guests looking to visit the Exhibition either for the first, or one last time, will have the opportunity to do so during special extended hours September 24-30 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m at Henry Ford Museum. The 10,000 square-foot exhibition features more than 300 artifacts – 250 of which have never been displayed in Michigan. Guests seeing the Exhibit for the first time will be quickly taken back in time to 1912 as they walk through extensive room re-creations, get their photos taken near the full-scale replica of the Grand Staircase and learn about passengers on board who had local ties to Michigan.

For information on tickets etc, go to http://www.thehenryford.org/titanic.

Meet The Man Who Found The Titanic(
17 Sep 2012, Business Insider)
In graduate school in the 1960s he was part of a wave of young researchers who established the existence of plate tectonics. In 1979 he found black smokers, vents on the ocean floor that spew out water from within the Earth, which wasn't previously thought possible. He has helped find new and unknown life forms around deep sea vents, which "threw out the textbook" on biology and the origin of life, which was previously thought to have originated from energy captured from sunlight. He also discovered the wreckage of the Titanic deep on the Atlantic Ocean floor, as well as a whole slew of other shipwrecks. Now he's the host of a new five-part series on the National Geographic Channel called "Alien Deep." The show, which premieres at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific today (Sept. 16), examines never-before-seen ocean marvels, from deep sea vents hosting unique life to ancient shipwrecks. Along the way he's joined by scientists, explorers and even astronaut Buzz Aldrin, to debate whether it makes more since to live on Mars or on the ocean.

How A Classic Deep Sea Robot Will Sweep 98 Percent Of The Ocean Floor(17 Sep 2012, Gizmodo)
Over the course of 4,400 dives, Alvin has done just about everything. Its recovered lost nukes, explored the ruins of the HMS Titanic, and upturned our understanding of the deep sea with the discovery of hydrothermal vents bustling with unimaginable forms of life. But after 48 years of service, the venerable ROV is starting to show its age, and is quickly being eclipsed by newer models. That's the story, at least, until Alvin gets $40 million in upgrades, and becomes the world's premiere deep submergence vehicle once again. When Phase Two begins by 2015, Alvin will be completely retrofitted to withstand the immense pressure 6,500 meters of water exerts on a hull, opening up 98 percent of the seafloor for exploration. (Only China's 7,000 meter-rated Jaolong will be able to dive deeper. This second round of improvements will also see Alvin's antiquated lead-acid batteries swapped out for lighter, higher-capacity stacks that should extend its maximum dive time from 10 to 12 hours.

Marine Museum Moving Forward With Events, Fundraising Drive(16 Sep 2012, Fall River Herald News)
The Marine Museum’s outreach continues with upcoming programs on timber wolves —­ featuring live animals — the Titanic, the Portland ship disaster and a fundraiser cruise to Newport on tap. About 700 people visited one week ago during a free admission Sunday that capitalized on the nearby Narrows Festival of the Arts, museum officials eagerly discussed their plans and progress after six weeks of reorganization. Sheila Salvo, the museum board's first vice president, is in charge of ticket sales. Salvo noted that, effective April 17, the museum’s nonprofit status had been restored by the Internal Revenue Service, as stated in a letter in August after required filings were issued to the IRS. The museum is hoping to raise $150,000 by the end of this year to pay past bills and sustain the museum for the near future. Among the bills the officers discussed Saturday included the remaining $57,000 of what had been a $100,000 mortgage; about $20,000 owed to the city, mostly for property taxes owed for one to two years when the museum's nonprofit status was revoked and that is being discussed for possible abatement; several bills in the range of $5,000 each for electrical contract work and their accountant’s work; several thousand dollars for utilities and other obligations they plan to honor.

Businessmen Buy Titanic Blueprints(15 Sep 2012, Fraser Coast Chronicle)
While Clive Palmer's Titanic II might be built in China and cruise in the Atlantic Ocean, the blueprints will be safely stored in the Tweed. Two Tweed businessmen purchased the blueprints at a fundraising auction at the Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club earlier this month that raised close to $20,000 for the club's renovations. Real Estate principal David Stringer of DJ Stringer and Don Fenwick, principal of HQF Lawyers, bought the blueprints. Mr Stringer said he had no plans to buy the blueprints before the auction. "It was one out of the hat," Mr Stringer said. "We just thought it was a good investment. They will be signed and numbered one of one." Mr Stringer said the plans would be copied for display but the originals would be kept in storage.


Titanic Explorer: Ancient Shipwrecks Lost To Trawlers
(12 Sep 2012, USA Today)
Lost in a Black Sea tempest, the ancient shipwreck waited 2,300 years to be discovered. And it took the swipe of just one passing trawler for the secrets held in the bones of its long-drowned crew to be lost forever. The sad tale of the shipwreck called Eregli E, found in 2011 by a team led by Titanic explorer Robert Ballard, will be told in a National Geographic Channel documentary, Wrecks of the Abyss. Premiering on Sunday (7 p.m. ET/PT), the show is a five-part series called Alien Deep With Bob Ballard featuring the noted explorer. "The deep ocean is the largest museum on Earth is what we are finding," says Ballard, who heads the University of Rhode Island's Institute for Archaeological Oceanography. "But trawlers just devastate a wreck. It's like driving a bulldozer through a museum."

Quiet Hero Of The Titanic Disaster
(5 Sep 2012, Manila Standard Today)
In 1926, Rostron was decorated with the highly distinguished Knight Commander of the British Empire. Though praised and decorated for his calm and exemplary actions, Rostron was reluctant to speak publicly about the disaster. Many years later he was asked how the little ship could have been coerced to travel at such speed, and how she had progressed safely through ice in the dark, the deeply religious Rostron simply replied; “A hand other than mine was on the wheel that night.’’ Commodore Rostron died in 1940 and is buried in the graveyard of West End Church.

Annual Invitational Cardboard Boat Race(3 Sep 2012, Peoria Journal Star)
The Titanic, an entry from National Marine, capsized almost immediately. But four other cardboard contestants paddled off for a race that had to be decided by a dramatic finish. Togas to Go, an entry from the IVY Club with Carrie Grimwade at the helm, held off the Polar Plunger, a cardboard catamaran from the East Peoria Boat Club, sponsors of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser on New Year's Day. Finishing third was Margaritaville, another IVY Club entry, featuring Ken and Wendi Ramsay. Winning best of show in the race was the Titanic, designed by Curt DeBolt. The Titanic also picked up another prize: the Titanic award presented annually to the first boat that sinks.

OCTOBER

Titanic Safety Officer Warned Ship Needed '50 Per Cent More Lifeboats'(31 Oct 2012, Telegraph.co.uk)
Civil servant Maurice Clarke inspected the liner for lifeboats and safety equipment five hours before she left on her doomed maiden voyage 100 years ago. He made handwritten notes at the time in which he clearly stated the vessel did not have enough lifeboats. But he wrote that if he made the recommendation official his job would be threatened as Titanic's owners had pressured his superiors into giving the fated ship the all clear. The revelation of a cover-up have come to light for the first time in a century after Mr Clarke's 'smoking gun' documents were made available for sale at auction.

Raising The Concordia - The Biggest Marine Salvage Operation Ever
(27 Oct 2012,Telegraph.co.uk)
It is twice as heavy as the Titanic, and lies impaled on two giant outcrops of undersea granite with a 160 foot gash in its hull. But despite posing one of the toughest marine salvage challenges in modern history, the stricken Italian cruise liner, Concordia, is now being exhumed from its watery shallow grave. The 950-ft vessel ran aground off the picturesque Tuscan island of Giglio one night last January, leaving 32 people dead and its captain facing manslaughter charges. However, the quicker, cheaper option of dismembering the vessel on the spot was ruled out because of fears that it would allow a soup of debris to escape into Tuscany's coastal waters, including the personal effects of Concordia's 4,200 passengers and crew. Instead, a 450-strong team of the world's best salvage technicians, including 70 Britons, are now embarking on an ambitious project to prise the ship from its half-submerged resting place and refloat it, so that it can be towed to a shipyard for demolition.

Spooky, Educational Fun: Cemetery Tour in Washington(24 Oct 2012, Litchfield County Times)
Every year as we near All Hallow’s Eve, the spirits of those who once lived in the hills and valleys of Litchfield County are revisited. Are there kernels of truth in the old stories that have been spun for generations? Stephen Bartkus, curator at the Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington often wondered himself, and discovered some interesting stories buried just a short walk from the museum in the Washington Green Cemetery, stories with ties to the Titanic, some with a healthy dose of controversy and, yes, even murder.

Molly Brown Descendant JoinsTitanic II Project
(22 Oct 2012, eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition)
A descendant of famous American socialite and Titanic survivor, Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown, has agreed to join the advisory board of Blue Star Line Chairman Professor Clive Palmer’s Titanic II project. Professor Palmer said Helen Benziger – the great granddaughter of Molly Brown - will also be attending a black-tie dinner in New York on December 4 to mark the project’s global launch. “Helen has agreed to join Blue Star Line’s Titanic II advisory board whose members will consist of descendants of crew and passengers of the original Titanic,” Professor Palmer said. “These advisory board members will be tasked with providing suggestions and recommendations to Blue Star Line to ensure the Titanic II appropriately and respectfully pays homage to the original Titanic, its crew and passengers.”

Related: Descendent of Ismay Also on Clive Palmer's VIP List(19 Oct 2012, Fraser Coast Chronicle)
A descendant of Titanic survivor Joseph Bruce Ismay will be among Clive Palmer's honorary guests at the Titanic gala dinner in London in December. Mr Palmer, a mining magnate who has also entered the tourism industry, said Terry Ismay had also agreed to join the advisory board of Blue Star Line's Titanic II project.

Poignant Ice Tribute To Titanic Victims(21 Oct 2012, BBC News)
Artist Nele Azevedo created an ice figure for each individual victim and on Sunday, at Custom House Square in Belfast - the city where the great ship was built - she launched her tribute. Volunteers placed the little melting men - each about 15in high - on the steps of the square. Then, the crowds watched as 1,517 figures slowly melted and disappeared. It was part of the commemorations for the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. "It was very emotional to watch the figures melting away, leaning and falling on top of each other," said Cathy Law from Belfast Festival at Queen's which organised the event.

Titanic Artifacts Collection To Be Sold For $189 Million
(16 Oct 2012, Reuters)
Artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Titanic are set to be sold for $189 million by Premier Exhibitions Inc, the company that holds the salvage rights to the doomed ocean liner. Premier's shares jumped 18 percent on Tuesday, after it said in a regulatory filing it had signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell the artifacts for $189 million to an unnamed group of individuals. "(The buyers) are obviously a group of significant means because they have to have the resources to display and care for the artifacts and they have to be suitable for court approvals," said Bill Vlahos, portfolio manager at hedge fund Odyssey Value Partners, which holds a stake in Premier. Premier officials said on a conference call Monday that the firm expects the deal to satisfy all of the court's conditions.

Premier Exhibitions Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results(15 Oct 2012, MarketWatch)
Total revenue increased 63.5% to $13.4 million compared to $8.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The growth in revenue was due to an increase in the number of exhibitions and operating days, coupled with substantially higher average attendance, and merchandise sales. These factors were offset partially by lower average ticket prices. Net income was $2.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or ($0.04) per diluted share in last year's second fiscal quarter.

Titanic Ties For North Wales Property(14 Oct 2012, Montgomery Newspapers)
One hundred years ago, the red brick house with two front doors at 116 West Montgomery Ave. in North Wales, owned by James Van Billiard, served as the site of a wake for victims of the HMS Titanic. Austin Van Billiard, accompanied by two sons, booked third-class passage on the ship’s maiden voyage, according to information provided by the North Wales Historic Commission. One of six children of James Van Billiard — the borough’s mayor and owner of the North Wales Granite Works — Austin wanted to surprise his parents in the spring of 1912 after leaving the country 12 years earlier to work as an electrician at the Universal Exposition in Paris, according to the commission. Austin, 35, and his two oldest sons, James, 10, and Walter, 9, decided to make the journey before wife, Maude, and their four other children. However, the trio perished in the ship’s tragic sinking after striking an iceberg April 14, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Mahaffey Hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition(14 Oct 2012, ABC Action News)
The Mahaffey is hosting Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 125 legendary artifacts offer visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers.    More than 1,500 lives were lost and the tragedy subsequently altered the world's confidence in modern technology. The five-month exhibition - ending March 3, 2012 - is designed to focus on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts and extensive room recreations.  Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even a set of perfectly preserved au gratin dishes -- these and many other objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.
Further information at TheMahaffey.com.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' On Display At NC Museum Of Natural Sciences(14 Oct 2012, Fayetteville Observer)
In "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is offering a look at artifacts from the wreck site, replicas of the cabins and bridge of the ship, and even a recreation of the iceberg that sent the Titanic and more than 1,500 of its passengers to their doom on April 15, 1912. Albert Ervin, special exhibit coordinator at the Raleigh museum, said the circumstances of the ship's sinking are a big part of why people continue to be interested in it. "They called the ship unsinkable," Ervin said. "It was kind of the height of the gilded age. People had the feeling that we've mastered nature. Reaching that pinnacle and then being brought to your knees, it made people realize we haven't mastered nature." One of the more unusual features in the exhibit is the iceberg recreation. The chunk of ice is more than 9 feet tall and about 17 feet wide. It rests on a metal plate and is kept cool by a compressor. Guests can press their hands on the miniature iceberg for as long as they can stand the cold.

Hawthorne's Titanic Hero Is Recognized(11 Oct 2012, NorthJersey.com)
A plaque in memory of William C. Johnson Jr. was unveiled in the municipal building Oct. 1, on what would have been Johnson’s 120th birthday. Johnson was born in Newark on Oct. 1, 1892 and was raised in Hawthorne. He was 19 when he met his fate when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Mayor Richard Goldberg unveiled the plaque that will remain mounted in the municipal building with council members and friends and family members in attendance. Remaining family members of Johnson attended the dedication including Gail M. Blum, who was Johnson’s sister’s goddaughter, Barbara Crowley, whose family was very close with Johnson’s sister, Bessie, and referred to her as an aunt, and Ellen and Neil Blum.

'Savor the Flavour' Lets Attendees Dine From Titanic Men(9 Oct 2012, Prescott Daily Courier)
"Savor the Flavour of the Titanic" sets sail 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, where passengers, encouraged to wear proper attire, will receive their boarding passes. Music and food reflect what passengers experienced aboard the Titanic. First-class passengers will be directed to the Arizona Room. Second- and third-class passengers will proceed to the Marina Room. Celtic musician John Good will entertain with a variety of Irish and Welsh music of the time while passengers peruse a silent auction.

A contest where the most spectacular sinking can win an award
Titanic Award Sought At Annual MCHS Cardboard Regatta
(5 Oct 2012, Craig Daily Press)
Spencer and Parrot participated in the 2012-13 Moffat County High School Science Olympics event "the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta" Friday afternoon. Spencer and Parrott’s epic sinking scored them the Titanic award for being the most spectacular. The annual event has been happening for several years now, and Heather Fross, chair of the science department at MCHS, said every year draws more spectators. Participants may only use corrugated cardboard, glues, paint, caulking and duct tape to construct their boats with teams of two to four people. Fross said the event had 23 teams enter this year with about half of those participating required and the other half volunteering. Students in the advanced science topics are required to enter a boat.

Titanic Holds Allure
(4 Oct 2012, Tbo.com)
A new exhibit coming to the Mahaffey Theater tells the story of the doomed luxury liner through personal items used by the crew and passengers. "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" opens Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's maiden and final voyage, the exhibit has traveled the world. Some 25 million people have seen this display in museums. "This is a museum-quality educational exhibit," said Theresa Nelson, spokeswoman for RMS Titanic Inc., the only company allowed to recover objects from the wreck site and the group behind the exhibit and others like it across the globe. "It focuses on authentic artifacts that have a connection to the passengers and crew."

Still Bringing Up Stories
(3 Oct 2012, FWWeekly)
One story, however, has remained largely untold until now. It involves a New Mexico rancher, who sank with the ship, and his widow — who never remarried or had children, disowned her family in Texas after a dispute, and mysteriously disappeared. It was only years later that relatives discovered she had died in a Fort Worth nursing home. “It was something I heard growing up,” Stephenville resident James Pylant said. “My [great-uncle] was the family genealogist, and he knew these people — it was his aunt and uncle.”

Former Wellander's Titanic Undertaking(3 Oct 2012, Welland Tribune)
His model is at the Discovery Station museum in Hagerstown, Md., near where he now lives. The actual work was done as time allowed over a 10-year period when Little and his wife lived in retirement in south Florida. It was finished in late 1997. “It wasn’t a 24/7 kind of project,” Little says. He joined the Titanic Historical Society which provided him with the plans that were needed to build it. So exact, so painstaking, so detailed is his work that he made more than 1,000 miniature portholes complete with windows and copper fittings, he says.

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JFK's Daughter Will Help Launch Titanic II Project(3 Oct 2012, Herald Sun)
The mining magnate, who intends to build a replica of the ill fated ship, says JFK's daughter Caroline Kennedy will attend a Titanic II dinner in New York. The slain American president's sister Jean Kennedy Smith and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are also on the guest list for the black tie gala dinner in December. Mr Palmer says the blueprints for the new ship will be unveiled at the event. He said the menu for the evening would be the same menu as was served on the original Titanic on the night it sank. The event will be held on board a retired US aircraft carrier.

Historical Group Hosts 'Titanic' Mystery Dinner In Pasadena(2 Oct 2012, Houston Chronicle)
According to a preliminary report given by Capt. Edward John Smith, the victim, Bill Murphy, was found dead with a noose draped around his neck somewhere aboard the "RMS Titanic." While the noose was a dead giveaway that foul play was involved, the true mystery is still really how, why and by whom. Your job is to solve the mystery. That is of course if you decide to attend the Pasadena Historical Society's Titanic Mystery Dinner Theatre. The event is 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Silver Sycamore Tearoom, 5111 Pine Ave., Pasadena. Individual tickets are $45 and couples tickets are set at $85. Tables seating 10 people will also be available with prices ranging from $500-$700. Tickets for the event can be purchased at either the Silver Sycamore Tearoom, or at the Pasadena Heritage Park and Museum, 204 S. Main, Pasadena.


NOVEMBER


Record-Beating Titanic Exhibition Extended At Merseyside Maritime Museum(30 Nov 2012, Liverpool Daily Post)
Jubilant bosses at Merseyside Maritime Museum have announced they will extend the Liverpool Titanic exhibition from April next year until 2014, after visitors reach the half million mark. They had hoped for a total of 450,000 visitors during the 12-month run of Titanic and Liverpool: the Untold Story, which opened on March 30. But that figure has already been exceeded, with 498,475 people coming through the doors up to last weekend – an average of 2,077 a day. That compares favourably with some of the largest visitor attractions in the UK, including 323,897 visitors to The National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, and 460,000 for Tate Modern’s recent Damien Hirst show.

Family Tree: Titanic Column On Springfield Links To The Great Disaster Of 1912 Draws Reader Response From Around The World(
28 Nov 2012, Masslive.com)
Over the past several months, my April column, “Irish on Board the Titanic,” brought some interesting feedback. Who in 1912 could have imagined that in 2012 a gentleman in Australia would, after having read my column online on MassLive.com, would have emailed me about a Patrick O’Connor who was lost at sea? Late in April, after publication of the column, I received an envelope which I put in a file folder. The folder went into my briefcase and was forgotten, a definite sign of incipient senility.However, several months later, I opened the briefcase, and the letter fell out. The letter had a much more local origin than my inquiry from Australia. This was from John F. McDowell, from Springfield. He is the great-grandson of John Cotter.

Colne Museum's Cash-Strapped Bosses Put Titanic Binoculars On eBay(29 Nov 2012, Lancashire Telegraph)
Financial pressures have forced the Titanic in Lancashire Museum, in Colne, to part with binoculars presented to Capt Arthur Rostron, of The Carpathia, the ship which rescued a number of the White Star liner’s passengers a century ago. The eyeglasses have been placed up for sale on the auction website e-Bay, with a starting bid of $600. Originally, they were presented to the veteran seaman, from Astley Bridge, Bolton, by his friend Charles Allum, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Museum curator Nigel Hampson said the venture would ‘absolutely, categorically prefer not to sell the binoculars’ but they needed to pay bills year-round.

The Iceberg That Sunk Titanic To Be Featured At RR Auction Live Event In December(28 Nov 2012, Art Daily)
Included in the many live auction lots along with will be an original Titanic deck chair -- one of only seven complete deck chairs known to exist -- and an amazing and extremely rare vintage photo of the “blueberg” iceberg just two days before it struck and sank the Titanic. Amazing and extremely rare original 9.75 x 8 photo of a uniquely-shaped ‘blueberg’ photographed by the captain of the Leyland Line steamer S. S. Etonian two days before Titanic collided with it. The photo shows a massive iceberg with a very distinctive elliptical shape, and is captioned in black ink by the captain, “Copyright. Blueberg taken by Captain W. F. Wood S. S. Etonian on 12/4/12 in Lat 41° 50 W Long 49° 50 N."

Ship Plan On Show At Titanic Centre(27 Nov 2012, Irish Independent)
The 32ft-long plan of the ship, which was used as a reference guide during the 1912 British inquiry into the sinking, has been passed to Titanic Belfast by a mystery benefactor. The anonymous collector bought the well-preserved paper diagram at auction for £220,000 last year. It bears ink marks denoting exactly where engineers giving evidence to the Board of Trade inquiry determined the White Star Line vessel had struck the iceberg on its fateful transatlantic maiden voyage in April 1912.

Two Titanic Menus Fetch More Than £100,000 At Auction In England(25 Nov 2012, BBC)
A first class lunch menu from the Titanic has sold at auction for £64,000 ($102,605). Another menu, from a VIP lunch held in Belfast to mark the launch of the Titanic, went for £36,000 ($57,714). They both featured in a Titanic auction at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes in Wiltshire on Saturday. The firm said both items had set new new world record prices. The first class menu belonged to the May brothers.

For Thanksgiving, New York Has Its Parade, Pigeon Forge Has The Titanic(22 Nov 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel)
Fireworks are usually associated with July 4th or possibly New Year's, but the Titanic Museum Attraction had a major pyrotechnics show Thursday night to top off Thanksgiving. And it was done with a theme more reflective of Memorial Day or All-Saints Day. "It was in honor of the 2,208 passengers and crew members who were aboard the ship," said museum co-owner Mary Kellogg. "We thought this was a good way to close out the (100th anniversary) year." The night even had a little Christmas holiday feel, as carols accompanied the display that began at 7:30 p.m. Also, some special snow-making machines shot flakes into the air to add some anticipation of the coming season.

Titanic Menu Expected To Fetch More Than £30000 At Auction(22 Nov 2012, BBC News)
Twelve lavish courses including eggs stuffed with foie gras, turtle soup and Sussex capon were enjoyed by 69 dignitaries at the event in the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast on 31 May 1911. The courses were matched with the finest wines and spirits as well as a palate cleanser made from lemon water, ice, champagne and rum. Many of those in attendance would have mingled with the thousands who witnessed the launch of the ship at Harland & Wolff against a backdrop of booming rockets. They included Luigi Gatti, who would later be manager of Titanic's a la carte restaurant. The menu will be put up for sale at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday.

Picture Of Iceberg That Sunk Titanic Up For Auction(22 Nov 2012, Daily Mail)
A photograph of an iceberg claimed to be the one which sunk Titanic is being sold at auction for $10,000. The black and white picture of the iceberg was taken two days before the sinking of the Titanic by the Captain of the S. S. Etonian on April 12, 1912. The photograph is just one of over 400 Titanic memorabilia items included in American auction house RR Auction's sale next month. Experts believe it is the ‘guilty’ one due to its unusual shape, which matches sketches and eyewitness descriptions of the iceberg which fatally collided with the ‘unsinkable’ vessel on April 14, 1912, killing 1,502 people. The black and white picture of the floating ice berg is set to make $8,000-$10,000 (£5,016 - £6,270).

Titanic Descendant Shares Story(21 Nov 2012, Seminole Voice)
He’s often thought about what his grandmother might have been thinking on that black, freezing night, holding her precious boy in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. How she’d lost her husband, that this might even be the end for them, and how she could possibly comfort her son with the screams and cries all around them. It was haunting, and it was a story she had kept to herself for many, many years. Emily Goldsmith and her son Frank “Frankie” Goldsmith were two of the few survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. “There were 2,300 people on that boat, 705 survived and two of them are my family,” Frank Goldsmith Jr. said. His father and grandmother survived, but his grandfather went down with the ship. Now Goldsmith Jr. shares his family’s story. The Altamonte Springs resident has told the harrowing tale to many different people, ranging from middle school students and civic groups to audiences in libraries. He’s also recorded his family’s story onto DVD, which he sells on his website.

Belfast's Titanic Museum
(18 Nov 2012, Daily Echo)
But it is Belfast’s next area to be developed, the Titanic Quarter itself, that is likely to finally push this city across the threshold and leave the troubled years behind just to memory. A huge area, the north-east quarter stands opposite the city across the river where once the famous Harland and Wolff shipyards were the greatest in the world. From here mighty oceangoing liners went down the slipways and, in many cases, into history. The new Titanic attraction stands alone at the moment, awaiting the rest of the quarter to be completed.

Sextant Of Master Of Titanic Rescue Ship For Sale(17 Nov 2012, AP)
A sextant owned by the captain of the first ship to respond to distress calls from the Titanic is being offered at auction. English auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son estimates that Sir Arthur Rostron’s sextant will fetch 70,000 pounds ($111,000) at the sale next Saturday. The auctioneer said Rostron acquired the navigational device in 1883, and it has remained in the family ever since.

Titanic Belfast Planning Big With 33Ft Ship Layout Display
(16 Nov 2012, Belfast Telegraph)
A hand-drawn plan of the Titanic that sold for more than £200,000 is to go on display in Belfast. The 33ft (10m) drawing, which was used during an inquiry into the sinking of the ship in 1912, has been donated anonymously to the city's new Titanic visitor attraction. Paper conservator Sean Madden, who restored the Titanic Inquiry Plan at his studio in Lurgan, Co Armagh, said: “The plan has been a fascinating piece to work on. “It is in remarkable condition for its age and a vital piece of the Titanic story. It is without doubt one of the most famous artefacts of Titanic. Historically, it is very important."

‘Original' Titanic Plan Goes On Display
(15 Nov 2012, UTV News)
After the inquiry concluded that the loss of Titanic had been brought about by "excessive speed", this historic plan was returned to White Star Line. It was put on display for the first time in a century last year at Belfast City Hall to mark the centenary of the ship's launch. It remained in private hands until earlier this year when it was bought at auction by a private bidder, it sold for £220,000 - the most ever spent on a piece of Titanic memorabilia at auction. The owner has donated it for display for at Titanic Belfast on the very slipway where Titanic was built by the famous ship-builder Harland and Wolff.

Recovered Titanic Jewels To Be On Display
(12 Nov 2012, Associated Press)
Most of the jewelry recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic will begin a three-city tour, its first public display since being salvaged from the ocean depths. In a nondescript industrial office in north Atlanta, Premier Exhibitions Inc. and RMS Titanic Inc. officials previewed the artifacts before they go on display Friday in Atlanta.

History Recovered At The Franklin Institute, 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
'(10 Nov 2012, Newsworks.org)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Her maiden voyage has been depicted on Broadway, on the big screen and most recently re-imagined in 3D. And now, visitors to the Franklin Institute can behold an exhibition almost three decades in the making. "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," is on display through April 7 at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $14.50-$29. Further information at The Franklin Institute website.

100 Years Ago, A Man Named Claus Took a Titanic Ride(6 Nov 2012, Huffington Post)
Today, my name is Claus Peter Hansen. I'm from Racine, Wisconsin, and I'm traveling with my wife and brother. We're returning from a long-awaited family visit in Denmark. My brother, Henrik, decides at the last minute to join us on the return to the United States. The only way I can afford the roundtrip tickets is to sell my barbershop in Wisconsin. But, we made it to Denmark with no issues. The question is, will I live through the evening of April 10th, 1912? My tickets are in third class.

UPDATE To Story on Titanic Artifact Sale(4 Nov 2012)
The Virginian-Pilot reports that U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith has ordered Premiere Exhibitions to appear before her on 29 Nov to explain status of negotiations. Premiere has stated the current deal is not final and not binding.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot, Talks Held On Home For Titanic Artifacts, 4 Nov 2012

Man Responsible For Making Titanic Seaworthy Had Request For 50% More Lifeboats Knocked Back, New Documents Reveal(2 Nov 2012, The Independent)
Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down. The documents have come to light a century after 1,500 people perished when the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic sank into icy waters during her maiden voyage on April 15 1912. The notes, written by Captain Maurice Clarke, the board of trade safety and emigration official who inspected the Titanic before it set sail, were not even presented to the inquiry into the disaster. Leading auctioneers of Titanic memorabilia, Henry Aldridge and Son, will put the notes on sale during their final auction this year. They said they are estimated to fetch £20,000-£30,000.

'Titanic' Fashion Show In Elizabeth Township Explores Roles Of Women(1 Nov 2012, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
The so-called Titanic era is officially the Edwardian period when King Edward VII reigned in England, from 1901 to 1910. But the time line generally extends to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912. The period was one of great transition for women, and revolutionary clothing changes reflect that, Mrs. Gilbert said. From the constricting fashions of the late Victorian era of 1837-1901, clothing became more conducive to women's changing duties and increasing leisure activities. "Women became more active, and the corsets started disappearing," she said. At the turn of the 20th century, women felt clothing should be both comfortable and healthy.

Pupils Dress In 1910-Style For Its Titanic-Themed Day(1 Nov 2012, Isle of Man Today)
Pupils at St John’s School marked the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster by travelling back in time. The children, aged from five to 11 years, got dressed up in their finest 1910 clothes for a day of Titanic-themed activities. The children decided what style of clothes from the era they would wear, and were sorted into classes accordingly, which resulted in ‘lots of first class passengers’, according to teacher Sara Ayres, as everyone wanted to dress up nicely! The fun began at 9.30am, as everyone boarded the ‘ship’ where they were greeted by the captain – who happened to look a lot like head teacher Nigel Bennett – and, after being welcomed aboard the RMS Titanic, the children began the morning’s activities.

Ghosts Of The Titanic Dock At Shrewsbury Library(1 Nov 2012, Community Advocate)
The Shrewsbury Public Library was recently transformed into a voyage on the Titanic for 80 lucky “passengers.” Ticketholders holding “steerage” and “first class” tickets enjoyed a walking tour through the library, which had been transformed into different rooms of the Titanic in commemoration of Archaeology Month, which was October. The tour, designed to educate and immerse the visitors in the Titanic’s history, appealed to a broad range of adults and children who were able to step back in time to 1912. “Since 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a tour seemed a good fit,” said Sharon Martin, Head of Children’s Services at the Shrewsbury Public Library.


DECEMBER

Billionaire's Titanic II Showcasing Delayed(29 Dec 2012, Daily Echo)
A billionaire’s plan to hold a special reception in Southampton showcasing a proposed Titanic II liner has been delayed until 2013. Australian industrial magnate Professor Clive Palmer had hoped to stage a breakfast event at the city’s Grand Cafe this month to publicise his dream of building a full-scale replica of the ill-fated ship. Similar events were due to have taken place on the east coast of the US. But now his Blue Star Line shipping company has pushed the Southampton date back to March 5 because of the recent devastation caused in New York by Hurricane Sandy.

'Jewels of Titanic' to be on display at Titanic: The Experience in January(29 Dec 2012, Orlando Attractions Magazine-blog)
Fifteen of the most prestigious artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic, including diamonds, sapphires, pearls and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of the ship’s wealthiest passengers, will go on display starting on Jan. 11, 2013 and running through Mar. 12, 2013 at Titanic: The Experience on International Drive. Originally debuting in Atlanta, Jewels of Titanic shares the story of the jewelry’s discovery, underwater recovery, mysterious lineage and the influence these artifacts have in today’s pop culture. Visit  visit titanictheexperience.com for information.

Titanic Deck Chair Sells For $59,000(18 Dec 2012)

Correction(21 Dec 2012): The Simpson Letter, though listed as part of the RR Auction of 16 Dec, was actually bought by Titanic Foundation and taken back to Belfast where it was exhibited earlier this year.

According to Digital Journal, a Titanic deck chair was auctioned off for $59,000. The auction was held by RR Auctions in Nashua, New Hampshire on 16 Dec. The name of the winning bidder was not disclosed. At time of writing, no word on other items auctioned (Titanic iceberg photo, Simpson letter).

Source: Digitaljournal.com, Auction Of RMS Titanic Artifacts In Nashua Included Deck Chair, 18 Dec 2012


15 Dec 2012
1. BBC News is reporting two men originally from Holyhead, who served on Titanic, are being honored with a plaque in in Marine Square. Hugh Roberts perished and his body was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett. He was given a funeral at sea. Edward Brown, who worked as a first class steward, survived. He helped load lifeboats and was washed overboard by a wave as Titanic sank. Clinging to a lifebelt, he was rescued by a collapsible lifeboat.
 
Source: BBC News, Titanic Crew Members Honoured With Plaque In Holyhead, 14 Dec 2012

2. If you are going to be near Ballymena, Northern Ireland during the holidays, there is a Titanic exhibit you can check out.
The Mid-Antrium Museum at The Braid is showing two Titanic exhibitions until 5 January 2013. Titanic Honour & Glory and Titanic: A Photographic Exhibition are both there. Best of all there is no fee into the museum.

Source: Ballymena Times,Titanic Exhibitions At The Braid, 14 Dec 2012

14 Dec 2012
1. Express & Star (UK) is reporting a new memorial stone for Titanic cellist John Wesley Woodward, who perished when Titanic went down in 1912, has been put up in his honor. Wesley was from West Bromwich and his memorial stone had stood in Heath Lane Cemetery for decades. However the sandstone memorial had become weathered with age and two Black Country residents feared it would crumble, so they began seeking funds to replace it. Donations from local groups helped raise £900 to replace the stone. A ceremony was recently held to mark its unveiling.

Source: Express & Star, New Memorial Stone For West Bromwich Cellist On Titanic, 12 Dec 2012

2. Douglas Main, writing for OurAmazingPlanet.com, recently wrote of his experience visiting Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. One of the features he liked was that you got to know some prominent passengers. He was also surprised to learn the large number of second and third class passengers coming to America for a better life.

Source: Our Amazing Planet, Titanic Exhibit Gives Life To Ship's Passengers, 12 Dec 2012

3. Robert Ballard believes he has found evidence that the Biblical story of a global flood may have some basis in fact. He has found an ancient shoreline 400 feet below the surface of the Black Sea. Pottery, man-made structures, and possibly an ancient shipwreck with human bones inside. His theory is that Earth was covered in ice 12,000 years ago and that when it started melting floods occurred. Carbon dating of shells from the shoreline indicates the Black Sea flood, which he calls the mother of all floods since that land stayed under water, was around 5,000BC.

Source: Newser, Scientist Who Found Titanic: Biblical Flood Probably Real, 11 Dec 2012


7 Dec 2012

1. The Times & Star (UK) is reporting of a plan to erect a Titanic memorial to inform visitors of Maryport’s Titanic link. The idea came from a resident discussing ways to spend a £10,000 grant given to boost town centres. The plaque will be erected next to the Factory Shop in Senhouse Street. Bruce Ismay, White Star Line owner, was from Maryport.

Source: Times & Star, Titanic Memorial Planned For Maryport, 7 Dec 2012

2. Pendletoday (U.K.) is reporting on a call to support Colne’s The Titanic in Lancashire Museum which recently put binoculars presented to Carpathia Captain (and Titanic survivor rescuer) Aruther Rostron up for sale on eBay. The museum is under severe financial stress and is forced to sell to cover costs. Museum curator Nigel Hampson is hoping for donations and possibly a sponsor to held meet their needs. Further information how to donate at Titanic in Lancashire Museum.

Source: pendletoday.co.uk, Titanic Museum In Colne Needs Support, 7 Dec 2012

3. Anna Marie D’angelo writes approvingly in The Vancouver Sun (Canada) of Titanic Belfast. She visited in August and found it worth seeing. She also has tips on making reservations for Titanic Belfast. Also remember to pack rain gear even in summer!

Source: Vancouver Sun, Titanic Belfast Is An Immense Hit, 7 Dec 2012


Tuxedo Historical Society To Raffle Steiff Titanic Bear, Book(4 Dec 2012, Times Herald-Record)
Just in time for holiday giving and in recognition of the centennial of the sinking of HMS Titanic, the Tuxedo Historical Society will raffle a collectible "Polar, The Titanic Bear" produced by the Steiff company in Germany. "Polar" has special significance for the Tuxedo community: Tuxedo Park residents Daisy and Frederic Spedden and their young son Douglas were aboard Titanic on that fateful voyage. On the night of the disaster, Polar, a beloved Steiff bear purchased at FAO Schwarz, was tucked under little Douglas's arm as the Speddens were lowered down the side of Titanic into a life boat. After the survivors were swung up the side of the rescue ship, Polar was forgotten in the empty lifeboat until a sailor found him and returned him to Douglas. In a 1913 manuscript intended as a Christmas gift for Douglas, Daisy Spedden told this remarkable story through the eyes of Polar. The original manuscript was found decades later by Leighton Coleman, a Spedden relative, in a trunk of family memorabilia about to be discarded. In 1994, Coleman published the manuscript as a book, "Polar, the Titanic Bear," which went on to win several awards for outstanding children's literature.

Titanic Win For Belfast And Southampton As Cities Linked To Liner Scoop Best Port Awards(4 Dec 2012, Daily Mail)
Two cities that played major roles in the Titanic tragedy have won best port awards 100 years after the disaster. Belfast, where the liner was built, has been named best UK cruise port of call while Southampton, where most of the doomed passengers boarded, was named best UK departure port by website Cruise Critic. The international panel, made up of cruise journalists, said: 'Belfast has regained its former glory thanks to the ship that for many years defined its decay.” 'The stunning Titanic Belfast Centre has arguably done for Belfast what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao. The fact that more and more cruise ships are choosing Belfast as a port of call, seals its number one spot this year. '











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