Titanic forum and community
Results 1 to 27 of 27

Pictures and interviews with Captain Rostron

This discussion on "Pictures and interviews with Captain Rostron" is in the Captain Arthur Rostron section; Hi! This is my first post in the forum. I am looking for pictures on ...

      
   
  1. #1
    Carl Lischke
    Guest
    Hi!

    This is my first post in the forum.

    I am looking for pictures on Captain Rostron without his hat, and also interviews with him. Can anybody help me to find this?

    Greetings
    Carl

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    214
    To read an interview-style thing with Captain Rostron, go to www.titanicinquiry.org and search for him and I think that there might be something on www.paperlessarchives.com . I couldn't find any hat-less pictures of Arthur Rostron - I think that he was quite fond of his hat(s) '-)

    If you want any more interviews, I'll see what I can find...

    Carla

    PS. Welcome aboard. I hope I'll see you around the boards more

  3. #3
    Carl Lischke
    Guest
    Thanks for the answer, but i have already read the inguiry. And the other link did not contain anything new to me either. But thanks anyway. I would be very thankful if you could look for more interviews.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    214
    Hi Carl,

    Have you read Rostron's book 'Home from the Sea'? He describes the rescue of the Titanic survivors quite well in one of the chapters. You can also look at this website, http://web.nautical-papers.com:81/onwatch/ which I think has some quotes.

    Carla

  5. #5
    Carl Lischke
    Guest
    Hi Carla,

    The website did not contain any information about Rostron. I have been thinking about reading "Home from the sea", but it is a quite expensive and rare book i think. So i will not get the book anytime soon.

    Carl

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    4,549
    Home From the Sea is a good read, but it's not particularly accurate. For instance, Captain Lord would be amazed to know he had no radio. It does give some insights into Rostron's character and attitudes.

    While we are on Rostron, on a tape called That Fatal Night, somebody, supposedly Rostron, reads the relevant part of his book. I'm not convinced it is Rostron, because the recording sounds too good. Rostron died in 1940. Has anybody any thoughts?
    Dave Gittins
    Titanic: Monument and Warning.
    http://titanicebook.com/Book.html

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    6,085
    >I'm not convinced it is Rostron, because the recording sounds too good.

    Would depend upon how it was initially recorded. Acetate recordings, when they survive, tend to be an agonizing wall of hisses crackles and pops plus low fidelity reproduction of the vocal or music~ because they were not recorded with an eye on preservation. As of the 1930s it was possible to get excellent sound quality IF excellence was required- witness the recording of Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Performance. So, if one could determine the origins of the Rostron recording, and if it was something done formally in a studio with an eye on potential commercial use, or if the recording was an -alleged- acetate made by someone who just wanted a personal record of a radio perforamnce or public lecture that would not otherwise have been saved, that would go a long way towards verifying or negating its authenticity.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    214
    >if it was something done formally in a studio with an eye on potential commercial use<

    I think that could have been the case - there were certainly a few Titanic-related movies out and the recorders could have seen the value that such a recording had. However, I'm not ruling out forgery (if that's what it can be called '-) ).

    Carl, you could try listening to The Titanic Chronicles which takes the main figures from the inquiries and the main points that they make and it's apparently quite good. I haven't heard it myself, maybe some-one else here has, though...

    Carla

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Darwen, United Kingdom
    Posts
    903
    I cycled past Rostron's Birthplace just today - I had no idea that it was there beforehand, even though I've driven by thousands of times.
    I was just thinking "How much would a charming little cottage like that cost?" when I noticed a blue plaque attached high up the front wall.

    I'll be going back for a photograph tomorrow. And I think I'll buy it in a few years time... If it's still empty.

  10. #10
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    5,524
    Capt. Rostron, from The New York Public Library.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    4,549
    Mark, that's a link to the Medal of Honor site, which contains several errors. It confuses the Medal of Honor with the Congressional Gold Medal.

    Neither Lindberg nor Rostron received a Medal of Honor. They were given Congressional Gold Medals. Congressional Gold Medals are awarded by individual Acts of Congress. There is no standing procedure whereby medals can be routinely issued, as with the Medal of Honor, which goes through standard military channels.

    Today, Rostron would not be given a Congressional Gold Medal. Under modern guidelines, the medals are given for lifetime achievements, rather than for a single act.

    The Medal of Honor is strictly for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy by persons serving in the armed forces of the USA. Some think the rules were bent to give Lindberg a Medal of Honor, as he was a reservist, but the rules weren't bent. He was given a Congressional Gold Medal, as in his citation.

    The story is a bit confusing, but I'm surprised at the errors on the site.
    Dave Gittins
    Titanic: Monument and Warning.
    http://titanicebook.com/Book.html

  12. #12
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    5,524
    Oops...wrong link. Try this instead.

    There's an earlier thread here where we discuss Rostron's medal.

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    3
    Hello all. What a fascinating site. This is my first-ever post. I am interested in the "interview" - or talk - by Capt Rostron of the Carpathia which was used in the audiobook 'That Fateful Night'. Has its authenticity ever been established? I am familiar with all the recordings held by the BBC (none of Rostron) and it seems odd that such an important piece of recording - if genuine - should remain so obscure. Can anyone throw any light on this?

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    Somewhere in my piles of papers I have the script and a picture of Captain Rostron about the usefulness of radio at sea. This was printed in 'the Commutator' the journal of Titanic Historical Society. This was originally a recording that Capt. Rostron did, presumably after he retired, and would have been done in Britain possibly two or three years before he died.

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    3
    Thanks Ellen. I am hoping to track down where and when the recording was made - as I said in my previous post, it seems odd (as announced by the presenter) that it should be the first time it has been heard (pub. 1998). I wonder if it was made privately for his family? I have emailed the author of the audio book, but no response as yet.

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    I have found the article. It was reprinted from The Cunarder and is held in the Titanic Historical Society archives. The broadcast was apparantly made on May 14, 1922 at the Westinghouse Company's station in Newark, New Jersey. Captain Rostron was taken in civilian clothes, and no hat. My picture of this is a rather bad photocopy. Hope this helps. The article is called The Wireless Romance of the Sea but I don't know what issue of the Commentator it was in.

  17. #17
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    3
    Thank you so much for taking trouble to track this down Ellen. Much appreciated. It does seem extraordinary that this piece of oral history of national importance remained (and remains) so obscure. I am researching material for a new audio book, so if we can trace the present copyright owner, perhaps we can bring it to a wider audience. The captain deserves to be more widely known amongst the general public. Thanks again.

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    Not only Captain Rostron, but many other men of that period. I find it really spooky to hear, for instance,Mauretania's syren. It was recorded when she left Southampton for the very last time. I suggest you approach the Titanic Historical Society for clues - but they may only have the transcript. Ah, some more clues, this was recorded on Sunday May 14, 1922 from the Westinghouse Company's station WJZ in Newark, New Jersey from 7.30 to 7.45 p.m. He was master of the Mauretania at that time. The THS may send you the transcript if you ask nicely. Make sure also to get Captain Rostron's picture, the radio equipment he was using is interesting too. If you can track down Captain Rostron's actual voice, that would be astounding! After all, he was master of my most favourite ship!

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    Dear Mr Lischke, Have you explored this site for news snips regarding Captain Rostron.
    Also, I am looking for news clips regarding Mauretania's fire in 1921 - just wondering if Captain Rostron was interviewed regarding this. If you find anything, can I ask where you got it from? If you want some short quotes from Home from the Sea, I have a copy and it would be out of copyright, I should think. Also the Titanic Historical Society did put out an extract from the book of the chapters regarding Titanic. If that's what you are interested in, it could be cheaper to buy this. Write to 7C's Press. P.O. Box 90035, Springfield, MA 01139-0035 United States of America. Since this address is about 20 years old, ask here on this board for anyone who has an updated address. I think the THS is still around.

  20. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    Dear Mr Kalafus and Mr Gittens. Would either of you be able to tell me where to write to regarding Mauretania's 1921 fire? I would like any news accounts of this. I would have to write, because my arms are not 12,000 miles long! I've tried several places on-line, but I would appreciate some clues. I apologise for bringing the Maury into here, but no-one seems to visit her site in here.

  21. #21
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    5,524
    Ellen, if you click on Carl Lischke's name, you'll see that he hasn't visited this board since June 2007. It's unlikely, then, that he'll see or answer your question to him.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    1,690


  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    1,690


  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    1,690


  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    1,690


  26. #26
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    59
    Dear Mr Maloney, What clipping service did you get these newsclips from? I appreciate you may not want to give me the full accounts, especially if you paid for them. I ask because the Mauretania is of great interest to me. If you are also interested in this ship, I may have things of interest to you. Many thanks, E Butland.

  27. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    New England, USA
    Posts
    47
    Just an FYI, Home From the Sea has been reissued and it's under a slightly different name now. I got it for about 20 bucks American cash.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •