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. [more inside]
96 years ago today,
the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank
to the bottom of the northern Atlantic, taking 1,500 souls with her. Now, they're blaming the rivets
Molly Brown Violet Jessop
survived three White Star fleet
shipwrecks. She was a stewardess onboard the RMS Titanic
and RMS Olympic
, and a nurses aid on the HMHS Britannic
. Violet didn't even know how to swim when her lifeboat was shredded by the Britannic's
massive propellers. This amazing woman went on to serve aboard the RMS Olympic
after the war and is featured in more than one book
2,000 year old Roman "Titanic"
found in the sands 10 yards from the Sicilian shore. The vessel - up to 150ft long and equipped with ancient luxuries including candelabras, a hot tub and religious shrine - is thought to have ferried the Roman super-rich along the Mediterranean coast to various ports en route.