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April 9, 2012 9:42 AM   Subscribe

The Titanic Guide to New York City. An exploration of traces of the disaster, revealing history still written on the landscape.
posted by Miko (23 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Floating churches!
posted by The Whelk at 9:52 AM on April 9, 2012


Is that radio operator memorial only for US ships? Because if we had an "S. S. Salvadore Allende" that's just...damn.

Also, for Edith Evans: .
posted by DU at 9:55 AM on April 9, 2012


Floating churches!

I know, right?
posted by Miko at 10:00 AM on April 9, 2012


Wow, that was cool. I run by that pier every weekend and never noticed the White Star logo.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:03 AM on April 9, 2012


That is an interesting question, DU. I checked it out. The sinking was of this Ukrainian ship. It looks as though the Veteran Wireless Officers Association list all radio operators lost on their Memorial monument, regardless of nationality.
posted by Miko at 10:09 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like the rooms in the now-Jane hotel, though as always rankled at the gentrification issue.
posted by Melismata at 10:11 AM on April 9, 2012


We remember that night's tomorrow parties as if they were yesterday.
posted by stbalbach at 10:20 AM on April 9, 2012


Oh yeah, I would love that hotel. For one night.
posted by DU at 10:34 AM on April 9, 2012


Is that radio operator memorial only for US ships?

No, for example the RMS Titanic was a British ship.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:08 AM on April 9, 2012


I love those little pieces of history that are hidden right in front of you. Excellent post.
posted by zzazazz at 11:09 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here's info on the Ukrainian cargo ship the SS Salvador Allende.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:12 AM on April 9, 2012


Missing the Strauss Park memorial.
posted by shothotbot at 11:13 AM on April 9, 2012


Missing the Strauss Park memorial.

There's something a little discomforting about the loosely clad woman and the ice in that photo!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:22 AM on April 9, 2012


If we're going to talk about Titanic I just thought I would mention my beloved home town Belfast has spent a (i see what I did there) boat load of cash trying to rebrand itself as a city where thousands where killed about 20-30 years ago due to low level civil war to a city famed for building a boat where thousands died over 100 years ago. They even built a huge white elephant building which is quite pleasant. Bizarrely Game of Thrones is filmed in the old paint hall Titanic was painted in. Titanic mania has gotten so ridiculous there's even a tasty potato snack so you can pay your respects to those who drowned by going NOM NOM NOM
I'm totally gonna do a fpp.
posted by Damienmce at 11:25 AM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Edith Evens put her friend in the last seat on the last lifeboat that left the sinking ship.
posted by mule98J at 12:01 PM on April 9, 2012


In 1962, when I was 13, I suggested to my father that we go to the 50th anniversary observation of the sinking of the Titanic at the Seamen's Church Institute, one of the places listed in this guide. He had been a merchant mariner so he was up for it. It was on Sunday, April 15, 1962; my younger brother came along as well.

There were five Titanic survivors present (including Walter Belford and others listed in the sidebar here). The program consisted of a brief memorial service, which included the singing of Eternal Father, Strong to Save — also known as the Marine Hymn, which includes the lines "Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!" The Coast Guard Academy chorus sang a few other numbers, and then the film "A Night to Remember" was shown.

That was it. There were about 500 people there. Afterwards we looked at the Institute's great collection of ship models and went home. It's interesting to see 50 years later how much more hoopla is going on around the 100th anniversary.
posted by beagle at 2:01 PM on April 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fascinating post, thanks!
posted by paperpete at 2:23 PM on April 9, 2012


Titanic was real?
posted by unliteral at 6:48 PM on April 9, 2012 [3 favorites]


I meant to say thank you hours ago.
Never been there/have seen these things but it trips my wires.
Thanks!
posted by bebrave! at 11:58 PM on April 9, 2012


Interesting...

I've been reading the BBC site on the Titanic and started wondering why survivors went to New York rather than Nova Scotia, which was the closer port. I read that it was because there was too much ice in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia has become a mourning ground of lost ships.
posted by what's her name at 7:38 AM on April 10, 2012


Well, Damienmce, Norwegian news recently started a piece with the words "as Belfast prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic" or words to that effect. I did a double take and thought "surely they're not celebrating, that has to be a slip of the tongue?", but then I saw the coverage and decided that yup, Belfast is celebrating, all right...
posted by Harald74 at 9:11 AM on April 10, 2012


Because if we had an "S. S. Salvadore Allende" that's just...damn.

Do note that the S.S. is an indicator of a private vessel, and in any event, the majority of private vessels on the seas are of Liberian or Panamanian registry.
posted by dhartung at 5:03 PM on April 10, 2012


Missing the Strauss Park memorial.

It's part 1. A commenter there said the same thing, and he responded that it was coming in part 2 Wednesday.
posted by pmurray63 at 9:08 PM on April 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


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