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Wooden cross made from Titanic oak to be auctioned

A wooden cross made from oak taken from the wreckage of the Titanic is to be sold at auction.

The piece was made by Samuel Smith who was on board the S.S. Minia that took part in the body-recovery mission in April 1912.

It has remained in his family ever since.

The cross is being sold along with other Titanic items at Henry Aldridge and Son auction house in Wiltshire and is expected to fetch £18,000. Read more... - BBC

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Titanic expert says dive now before it's too late
One expert predicts the Titanic — which sank after hitting an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, taking the lives of more than 1,500 people — will disintegrate within 25 years.
"Ten years' time, who knows, you might go down there and see a total collapse of the main decks and you won't really get to appreciate the ship as you would see it now." Read more... - CBC

DISCUSS

Titanic as Museum Ship
If the Titanic was found to be in one piece and in good condition as it was originally thought to be before the wreck was discovered in 1985, do you think it would've been raised by now and became a museum ship like the Queen Mary? If so, what port do you think it would most likely be docked in? Read more... - Dan Kappess

DISCUSS

Wireless Signal Quality
I wonder if any of radio operators complained about any problems with the signals on the night of the disaster? I know that Titanic had some difficulties in hearing the communications from Carpathia, but it was apparently due to the noise from the escaping steam. Was there anything else?

NEWS

New expedition to wreck reveals deterioration
The first dive to the wreck of the Titanic in 15 years has revealed significant further deterioriation to the Titanic's hull. Among the discoveries being the loss of the Captain's bathtub...
Read more... - BBC

IN OUR GROUP

What did stewardesses do?
The Violet Jessup story made me think of a question: what did stewardesses do? Were they like ladies' maids for those who didn't have a personal maid, or more like a hotel maid , who don't usually serve guests with personal tasks? - Ann Nottingham

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Stop rockin the boat godammit
Titanic scene (2:26) from the movie The Unsinkable MollyBrown (1964). The real Mrs. Brown embarked at Cherbourg and was rescued in lifeboat #6.
Debbie Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar but lost to Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins. - Gregg Jasper

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Reginald Hale
The second class passenger had returned home to England to comfort with his recently widowed mother. He was lost on the Titanic on his return home, his body recovered and buried at sea. Read more about Reginald Hale...

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Titanic Survivors at ASFS Institute 1912
Brad Payne > Northwest Titanic Enthusiasts Society

NEWS

Shipyard that built Titanic may close forever
Harland & Wolff, the shipyard that built the Titanic has seen its workforce fall from 20,000 to just 200 and last built a ship in 2002, now it faces closure.
Harland and Wolff workers 'buoyant' over shipyard's future - BBC News
Building RMS Titanic: exploring Belfast's "world-leading" shipbuilding heritage - History Extra

On this Day...

The following people were born
MARTIN, Mrs Annie Martha — 17th November 1872
LONG, Mr Frank — 17th November 1880

The following people died
THRESHER, Mr George Terrill — 17th November 1939
HOPKINS, Mr Robert John — 17th November 1943
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