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Santa Ana Register, California, April 15, 1912

The Seattle Star, Washington, April 15, 1912

Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wisconsin, April 15, 1912

The St. Louis Star and Times, Missouri, April 15, 1912

The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Indiana, April 15, 1912

Asbury Park Press, New Jersey, April 15, 1912

Coshocton Daily Age, Ohio, April 15, 1912

Bennington Banner, Vermont, April 15, 1912

The Alexandria Times-Tribune, Indiana, April 15, 1912

Evening Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 15, 1912

Harrisburg Telegraph, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1912

The Richmond Item, Indiana, April 15, 1912

The Evening Review, East Liverpool, Ohio, April 15, 1912

The Eagle, Bryan, Texas, April 15, 1912

East Oregonian, Pendleton, Oregon, April 15, 1912

The Indianapolis News, Indiana, April 15, 1912

The Eugene Guard, Oregon, April 15, 1912

Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada, April 15, 1912

Harrisburg Telegraph, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1912

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the Titanic musicians

“I don’t suppose he waited to be sent for, but after finding how dangerous the situation was, he probably called his men together and began playing. I know that he [bandmaster Wallace Hartley] often said that music was a bigger weapon for stopping disorder than anything on earth. He knew the value of the weapon he had, and I think he proved his point.”

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The Day Book, Chicago, April 15, 1912

..the great White Star liner Titanic slowly is crawling toward this harbor.

They make thank a calm sea and the wireless that they are alive today.

The White Star office in New York issued an official statement that it would be impossible for the Titanic to sink, no matter how badly she might have been injured. 

Noooot quite… (it took until April 18th, the day the Carpathia - with the 705 survivors - docked in New York, before the full extent of loss of life was reported).

The 105th Annual Titanic Commemoration has begun.

Sync up your watches. Queue up your favorite version of the film. Ready your blanket fort.

Because this is the day where right now, somewhere in history, there’s a ship sailing on a still sea. Lights and reflected in new crystals, the gaiety of a sea side band echoes in dinning rooms filled with laughter and leisure. 2,200 hearts are beating. Humming a shared song of humanity. A chorus of unknown possibilities, of unlimited potential.

Somewhere in history, prayers have been said and children tucked into their beds. Lovers have strolled the decks of this new ship, their ship, a ship of dreams, Somewhere in history, in this tiny pocket, those dreams are still alive. Still whispered. Carried to see as their breath mixes with the sea air. Somewhere in history, those dreams are still sewn together with the possibilities of someday.

Two sailors look at the still ocean, a calm, unnervingly calm, sea. They don’t see it yet because it’s not there. Not in front of their eyes, not even in their thoughts. There isn’t the slightest chance that anything could separate them from their warm beds when their watch comes to an end. Certainly not an iceberg.

Somewhere men are playing cards. Nannies and turning the lights off and checking on their young charges. Somewhere the melody of the Marconi is still serenading the shore, Families are still together.

And those are the moments that we choose to live in. To Savor. Because we know what is to come, but for a few moments, we all try to hold on to the somedays. The what could happen. The what might have been. We don’t want to remember what happened, We want to hope that this time, they’ll see it. This time, they’ll clear it. This time the rudder will be larger. This time the bulkheads go up one more deck. This time they’ll never need to worry about the shortage of boats as they won’t be needed.

But we all know better.We know it can’t change. We know that even this pocket of history is not immune to the finality of time.

So we find our way to process. We find our way to remember. Our way to never forget

After all, It’s been 105 years, and we can still smell the fresh paint.

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April 14th 1912: Titanic hits an iceberg

On this day in 1912, at 11.40pm, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg. The Titanic was the largest and most opulent passenger liner the world had ever seen, attracting notable dignitaries to its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The vessel was built in Belfast for White Star Line, with the intention of trumping the company’s rivals at Cunard. The Titanic was lauded as an ‘unsinkable’ ship, but subsequent examinations have suggested some fatal flaws in the ship’s design, in addition to a lack of lifeboats, which only could accommodate half the passengers. Just four days after setting sail, on April 14th at around 11.40pm, the Titanic hit an iceberg. The collision caused a massive gash in the ship’s hull, dooming the vessel to sink. As the ship filled with water and slowly sank, its over two thousand passengers rushed to lifeboats. The panicked evacuation was haphazard, with lifeboats lowered despite not being at full capacity. The ship’s final hours saw a number of particularly touching stories, including the elderly Straus couple who stayed in their cabin to die together, the violin players continuing to perform as the ship sank, and Benjamin Guggenheim changing into his formal dress and declaring “We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”  The Titanic finally sank at around 2.20am, leaving thousands to die of hypothermia in the freezing ocean. Over 1,500 people died in the tragedy, with around 700 survivors rescued by the Cunard’s Carpathia. The demise of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic shocked the world, and the tragic fate of a symbol of early twentieth-century optimism continues to captivate people’s imagination.

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HISTORY MEME → [4/10] Moments: Sinking of the RMS Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship’s time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Titanic received six warnings of sea ice on 14 April but was travelling near her maximum speed when her lookouts sighted the iceberg. Unable to turn quickly enough, the ship suffered a glancing blow that buckled her starboard (right) side and opened five of her sixteen compartments to the sea. Titanic had been designed to stay afloat with four of her forward compartments flooded but no more, and the crew soon realised that the ship would sink. They used distress flares and radio (wireless) messages to attract help as the passengers were put into lifeboats. In accordance with existing practice, Titanic’s lifeboat system was designed to ferry passengers to nearby rescue vessels, not to hold everyone on board simultaneously; therefore with the ship sinking rapidly and help still hours away, there was no safe refuge for many of the passengers and crew. Compounding this, poor management of the evacuation meant many boats were launched before they were completely full.

Thus, when Titanic sank, over a thousand passengers and crew were still on board. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water drowned within minutes due to the effects of hypothermia. RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene about an hour and a half after the sinking and rescued the last of the survivors by 09:15 on 15 April, some nine and a half hours after the collision. The disaster caused widespread outrage over the lack of lifeboats, lax regulations, and the unequal treatment of the three passenger classes during the evacuation. Subsequent inquiries recommended sweeping changes to maritime regulations, leading to the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today.