ClivePalmer2Although the R.M.S. Titanic vanished beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in the wee hours of April 15th, 1912, she has never vanished from human memory. Perhaps it is the drama and the fight for survival that has kept the stories alive over 100 years later, or maybe the controversies and myths that surround the sinking have cemented Titanic in the minds of everyone from professional oceanographers to amateur historians. Now it seems that the great ship may live again in a replica built by Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, who appears to have resumed his plans for building Titanic II, a project which has been fraught with problems ever since it was first announced in 2013. [click to continue…]

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titanicbowOver 1,500 people perished in the early-morning hours of April 15th, 1912, when the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in just over two hours. There are many great tales to be told from that night, from the courage of Molly Brown to the tragic tale of how ship violinist Wallace Hartley and the other musicians played until the very end, each of them losing their lives after deciding to remain on deck and play rather than try to escape. However, for every popular story, there are hundreds that were never told and names that never made it into the history books. One such name is Sinai Kantor, and this is the tale of how a pocket-watch he owned is bringing the history of dozens of people like him up from the depths of the North Atlantic and into the light.  [click to continue…]

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james-cameronNo one who experienced the sinking of Titanic could ever have guessed how the fate of the great ship, which struck an iceberg on April 14th and sank in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic on April 15th, 1912, would endure for over a century. Today, millions of people are still fascinated with Titanic, her crew, and the people who fought for their lives on that frigid evening. Titanic artifacts are still a hot commodity; however, some of them are in danger of being lost or separated forever, and this has sparked a bidding war between the Titanic movie director James Cameron, a struggling artifacts company, private bidders, and a group of museums that hope to keep the amazing collection together. [click to continue…]

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BobballardWhen Titanic vanished beneath the waves of the Northern Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912, it would remain far below the depths for nearly 75 years, untouched and unseen. For decades, a lack of seafaring and ship salvage technology would keep Titanic hidden from sight. However, that all changed in the early 1980′s, when maritime archaeologist Robert Ballard began to develop technology that would allow him and his team to search the area where the great ship sank. When Ballard discovered the wreck of Titanic in 1985, the find shocked the world and rocked the maritime community; however, few knew the real reason for the expedition, or what lay at the heart of his mission.  [click to continue…]

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GracieMost people know the story of Titanic: the majestic ocean liner that sank into the depths of the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage from Belfast to New York. However, what some may not know is that the ship carried high-ranking military men who had impressive careers and a long military pedigree. While their names might be known in passing, recognizing their service and remembering them as more as Titanic passengers honors their memory and the sacrifices they made. While some people connect Titanic with British passengers and crew, many were American and came from families that had a rich military history. One such man on board was Colonel Archibald Gracie IV.  [click to continue…]

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Triumph or Tragedy? Why Titanic Continues To Hold Sway Over Our Imaginations 106 Years Later

April 30, 2018

From the news of its construction to the launch of its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, the great ship Titanic was a marvel of its age. Its opulent first-class amenities were the stuff dreams were made of, and its sheer size amazed every passenger who boarded her. Titanic’s sinking and the deaths of over […]

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The Titanic Inquest: A Maritime Trial of the Century

April 1, 2018

When Titanic struck an iceberg late in the evening of April 14th, 1912 and sank into the icy North Atlantic waters just a few short hours later, it became one of the most sensationalized maritime tragedies in history. However, while much is known about the sinking and the tragic deaths of over 1,500 passengers and […]

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For Those in Peril on the Sea: The Story of Titanic Violinist Wallace Hartley

February 25, 2018

Many famous legends and stories of bravery have risen from the sinking of Titanic, but some have stood the test of time because they capture the imaginations of those who read about them. From fearless Molly Brown to wireless operator Harold Bride, who relayed the ship’s S.O.S. message until he could do nothing else but […]

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Titanic’s Anastasia: Who Was Helen Kramer?

February 17, 2018

When Titanic sank in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912, it birthed many mysteries and theories that still survive to this day. From the question of how Captain Smith spent his final moments on board to the identity of Titanic’s Unknown Child, (solved 99 years later,) many fascinating stories abound. However, one of […]

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When the Bough Breaks: The Mystery of Titanic’s Unknown Child

February 10, 2018

When the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on the night of April 14th, 1912 and sank into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic less than three hours later, just over 800 of the 1300 passengers on board would never again see the light of day. While this was a tragedy in itself, what struck home […]

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Captain Edward James Smith: The Myth & Mystery of His Final Days

January 26, 2018

When Titanic sank into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in the wee hours of April 15th, 1912, the answers to many questions vanished with her. Those who were left behind to mourn their dead and, in some cases, without having remains to lay to rest, did so without answers from The White […]

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