Monday, March 26, 2012

Titanic Magazine Article from June 1912.


A 1908 pic from Technical World magazine showing where the Titanic and the Olympic were to be built.

I found this interesting article written about the Sinking of the Titanic in a magazine published in the US in June 1912 that tells the story from a working man's perspective - and an engineer's perspective. Here's the first part of  Loss of the Steamship Titanic: the World's Greatest Achievement in Shipbuilding. From Locomotive Firemen and Engineman's Magazine. (Amazing what you can find on eBay.)

My ebook, Threshold Girl is about a college girl in 1911/12,is based on real letters, and contains information about the Titanic, from the point of view of the woman on the street, so to speak.

The sinking of the Whitestar Steamship Titanic, at about 2 o'clock on the morning of April 15, 1912, is the greatest disaster in maritime history, one thousand,six hundred and thirty five lives being lost, out of a total of 2, 340 on board, while many of the 705 who were rescued suffered hardships and terror, that will doubtless impair their health and mar their future happiness.

The Titanic was on her Maiden Voyage, she was the biggest finest ship afloat and her reign as Queen of the Seas was only of five days duration. On April 10th she sailed from Liverpool and on the following Sunday night, give days later, collided with an iceberg and sank, about 150 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland and about 1100 miles east of New York.

Nothwithstanding the presence of much floating ice, and repeated warnings from other vessels that the icebergs were in the vicinity, she was steaming ahead when the collision occurred at a speed of about 21 and a half knots, about 24 and 3/4 statute miles and hour.

Some few minutes after 11 o'clock, accounts vary as to the exact time, a veritable mountain of ice was seen ahead, against which despite all efforts the ship crashed, a submerged portion ripping open the vessel's bottom  on the starboard side.

The shock was not violent, but the officer's soon discovered that the damage was such that it was just a question of how long the leaking bulkhead and pierced air compartments would keep the vessel afloat. (to be continued)



The Titanic and Olympic being built. Pic from Technical World Magazine.

This article is to be Continued next post.