March 2, 2010 |
Whether it is "Women and children first" or "Every man for himself" in a shipwreck may depend on how long it takes the ship to sink, researchers said Monday. When the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915, it sank in 18 minutes and the bulk of survivors were young men and women who responded immediately to their powerful survival instincts. But when the Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912, it took three hours to go down, allowing time for more civilized instincts to take control.
June 27, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- After Christie's got $119,000 for a Titanic life jacket at an auction in London last year, Gregg Dietrich was not surprised that his phone kept ringing with offers of other items from the ill-fated ship. "When we sell one . . . more seem to come out of the woodwork," said Dietrich, who heads the maritime (or "ocean liner") division of the auction house here. "We're been inundated with Titanic offers." The problem was, many of the calls came from people like the man who was certain he had all sorts of valuable Titanic keepsakes: a first-class passenger list, a menu from its Cafe Parisienne, even a passenger ticket that would have been the first ever auctioned.
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November 9, 2007 |
Barbara West Dainton, 96, one of the last two known survivors in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died Oct. 16 at a nursing home in Camborne, England, according to Peter Visick, a distant relative. Dainton, born in Bournemouth in southern England on May 24, 1911, was too young to remember the night when the huge liner, on its maiden voyage from England to New York, hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic in April 1912, killing about 1,500 people, including her father, Edwy Arthur West.
July 9, 1990
Ruth Becker Blanchard, 90, who survived the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912. The Titanic Historical Society listed her as one of the oldest remaining survivors of the historic sinking of the 882-foot-long ship after it struck an Atlantic iceberg on its maiden voyage. A 12-year-old girl at the time of the tragedy, she was separated from her family but remained calm and helped distribute blankets to those in shock.
July 22, 1986 |
Researchers descended more than two miles Monday to the floor of the Atlantic and peered at the stern of the Titanic but decided not to send a robot into the wreckage for fear it would become snagged. Robert Ballard, leader of the expedition, described the stern as "one huge piece with a lot of wreckage around." The researchers had intended to send Jason Jr.
December 6, 1992 |
This is the book Titanic buffs have been waiting for. "Titanic: An Illustrated History" is likely to command the best berth in the library, even if one already has a shelf full of ill-fated-liner lore. The lavishly wide format is ideal for Marschall's dramatic paintings, which sweep across page-spreads so vividly you can almost hear the four-funneled ghost gliding through the waves.