Harold Cottam

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i'm looking for information on the photo of Harry Cottom in Aurora Brynn's article on Wireless operators where he is pictured 'off the ship'.
 
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HI everyone, I'm looking for information on a photograph of Harold Cottam.The photo is on a web site about the 'wireless operators 'the night Titanic sank. The author of this site is Aurora Brynn. Maybe someone could help me contact her, looking forward to a reply.
 
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Thanks Carla,Its great to be on board.I have emailed Aurora several times over the past few weeks but got no reply, however i'll continue to try. Randel
 
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I'm not sure that that information is available.. However, I have the email address for a relative of Harold Bride if you want that.

Carla
 
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Thanks Carla, I was hoping to contact relatives of Harold Cottam,I know Aurora Brynn was in contact with descendants of H. Cottam for her article on Wireless Operators, but I'm having no luck contacting her either.
 
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Carla the reason I'm looking for descendants of H Cottam is that recently i purchased a set of headphones mounted in a framed glass box with a small typed note underneath "souvenir from the marconi room RMS carpathia.There is also a photo of Harold Cottam with "Harry sparks Cottam" written in pen on the side. While i'm no expert ,the items appear quite old,so i'm wondering could these have been removed at some stage from the ship, maybe because they weren't operating properly and were kept as an souvenir.
 

Tony Sheils

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Randel, if you are based in the UK it may be worth your consulting the BT telephone directory on-line. This gives at least 4 entries for Cottams living in Southwell in Nottinghamshire with their addresses and telephone nos. There are several other Cottams living nearby. I expect some of them are related to Harold Cottam who was born in Southwell. I wish you luck in any further enquiries.
 
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I myself have done quite a bit of research on Harold Cottam, and there are so many Cottams in and around Southwell that I think it would really be hit-and-miss as to if one of them is descended from Harold Cottam. They could also be descended from any one of his four younger brothers. Also, the descendants could have moved away from their birthplace, too. Jemma Hyder might be able help you. Her email address is ssnetherholme@yahoo.co.uk. I hope that you find what you are looking for with her and if you need any more help just ask me.

Carla

PS. Just out of interest, could you send me some pictures of the headphones and the attached photo/writing? It would be interesting to see them.
 
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Thanks, Tony and Carla for your help, I'm based in Ireland but I may try your leads anyhow. I'll try Jemma too. I'm particularly interested in finding the origin of the photo of, Harold Cottam "off the ship", which is included in Aurora Brynn's article on the Wireless Operators. This is a "chopped down " version of the photo that is included with the headphones I purchased.
 

Stella Cottam

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Hiya, Im a descendant of Harold Cottam and although I dont know too much about my Dad's side of the family, I have an aunt who might know something about the headphones. I'll get my Dad to try and find something out.
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Hi Stella, delighted to hear from you.Have you seen Aurora Brynns site on The Wireless Operators ?, maybe your aunt could help with the origins of the photo in question.If not maybe she knows where I could contact the remaining son or daughter of Harold Cottam.I believe they now live in australia and canada. Thanks again Randel.
 

Bill Baird

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Does anyone have a good source for all messages Cottam sent out on the night of the sinking. I see references to him sending a steady stream of messages but in other places contradict that.
 

Bill Baird

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Hi Stella, delighted to hear from you.Have you seen Aurora Brynns site on The Wireless Operators ?, maybe your aunt could help with the origins of the photo in question.If not maybe she knows where I could contact the remaining son or daughter of Harold Cottam.I believe they now live in australia and canada. Thanks again Randel.
I know this is an old post but hoping to find some info on Mr. Cottam as well. I am searching out when he left the Carpathia after the hearings and what berths he had up until WW1. Any luck anywhere??
 

Bill Baird

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Thanks for the response. I am trying to refine it a bit further. I believe he came back to the UK on the Caronia for the enquiry and then had some time at home. It is after that where I am trying to find what ship or where he worked until the start of WW1. I am not sure if he ever went back to Carpathia.