Raise the Titanic is a novel by the popular author Clive Cussler. In 1980, the book that Cussler wrote was adapted for the big screen, and it came out five years before the real RMS Titanic was actually found on the ocean floor. While the movie featured an all-star cast including Jason Robards, Alec Guinness, Ann Archer, and Richard Jordan as Dirt Pitt, the movie is both a blessing and a curse to the Titanic historical community. [click to continue…]
The Complete Story Volume 1 was first released in 1994 and is divided into two sections: Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On. For any Titanic historian, this documentary starts at the beginning, going all the way back to when the Titanic was just an idea in the mind of J. Bruce Ismay, who, together with Lord Pirrie of Harland and Wolff, came up with the concept of the three ships, Olympic, Titanic, and Gigantic. [click to continue…]
The Lusitania was a passenger ship running between the US and Great Britain during and before WWI. She was renowned for both her speed and luxury, but came to an ill fate when she was torpedoed by a German uboat in the early summer of 1915, with great loss of life. [click to continue…]
Many are familiar with the RMS Titanic, a British transatlantic cruise line that struck an iceberg and sunk on its way to America. However, fewer people are aware of the story’s main hero — the RMS Carpathia. This cruise liner saved a large portion of the people who had escaped from the ship as she sank. Carpathia’s own history, of course, is also interesting. [click to continue…]
On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, in Southampton, UK, eight musicians boarded the RMS Titanic as second-class passengers. Their group ticket number was 250654. They were not employees of the White Star Line but were contracted to them through a company that placed musicians on many British liners – the Liverpool firm of C.W. & F.N. Black. Just five days later on April 15th, playing together for the first time, all eight continued to play in hopes of calming their passengers as the big ship sank. All are considered heroes.
Before that night they performed as two separate bands: a quintet with John Clarke, John Hume, Percy Taylor, John Woodward and official bandleader Wallace Hartley and a trio with Roger Bricoux, George Krins and Theodore Brailey.
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