Titanic Facts, History and Biography
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Encyclopedia Titanica tells the stories of the real people that designed, built and sailed on RMS Titanic.
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Can we believe Molly Brown?
There is little-to-no corroborating evidence of anything Margaret Brown claimed. She is the star of her own accounts, yet largely absent from others'. Either her fellow passengers were poor observers and missed the grand one woman drama or she was fabricating in particularly histrionic manner.... Jim Kalafus
Photo of Survivor Richard Pfropper
Titanic survivor Richard Pfropper and his thumbprint in a 1929 seaman's registration document.
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Born on Christmas day...
Titanic survivor Noëlle, Countess of Rothes, was born on Christmas Day 1878. Lady Rothes was known for her philanthropy and championship of important causes before and after the Titanic disaster. Her rescue was reported in London's The Sketch (24 April 1912), accompanied by this c. 1904 photo of the countess that's become familiar to many since its appearance in A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. - Randy Bryan Bigham
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Marek Salay posts examples of his impressive Titanic-related art in our Facebook group.
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Titanic sinks in real-time
"Brutal" or "boring"? You can watch a real-time animation of the Titanic sinking.
Did a coal bunker fire contribute to the diaster?
One of the popular topics for discussion is whether a fire in a coal bunker led to a weakening of the bulkhead, and if this contributed to the sinking...
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Titanic photo mystery
The identity of the passenger photographed by Fr Browne standing by the first-class gymnasium is often given as Jacques Futrelle, but comparison with images of Percival White may suggest otherwise.
Plaque to Steward Gunn
A plaque in memory of 2nd class steward Joseph Gunn, sited near Hatfield Station. - Photo: Trevor baxter
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. - BBC
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." - CBC
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