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Pictures and interviews with Captain Rostron

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    Carl Lischke
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    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

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    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

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    Carl Lischke
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    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.

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    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

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    Carl Lischke
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    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

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    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
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    >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.

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    >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

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    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.

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    Capt. Rostron, from The New York Public Library.

 

 
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