"Say, old man, we are stopped and surrounded by ice".
April 13, 2012 8:19 PM Subscribe
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One hundred years ago, a network of Marconi wireless operators documented history's most famous shipwreck. Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, the RMS Titanic's radio officers, were usually tasked with sending personal communications for first-class passengers. But on April 14, 1912, they turned their tapping fingers to the CQD distress signal
(and, later in the evening, the relatively new SOS call), using the distinctive slang of their fellow operators to report the wreck, call for help, and indulge in a bit of gallows humor.
BBC News recreates the night's events, complete with telegraphic slang, in a unique speech synthesis style developed by audio artist Susanne Weber. Listen here