Impact of Titanic Upon International Maritime Law

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Allison Lane

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Hi everyone--

I would just like to state that, from the bottom of my heart, I am extremely honored to have my paper published here alongside Senan's and David's and Phil's and everyone else, because I'm just a little ole college kid.
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The professor I wrote the paper for is over the moon about this--he e-mailed the department head and the dean and the provost and the university PR guy about my having my paper published here, and I just got a call from university relations wanting to ask me a few questions so they can send a press release to my hometown. So I'm feeling a bit spiffy at the moment, even though my name was misspelled.
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A very sincere thank you to Philip for agreeing to read my paper and consider it for publication here. Again, I am very honored and humbled.


-Allison L.
 

Inger Sheil

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I'm going to race off to read it now, Allison - looking forward to it! Congratulations
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Allison:
Congratulations on having your paper published here. The paper is very interesting and on a very important subject. Sometimes some of us get so wrapped up in the sinking, we lose sight of Titanic's legacies. Your paper did a fine job of pointing out just what safety features we owe to the Titanic.
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Noel F. Jones

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"The wireless operators also took down the nightly news transmitted from the Poldhu, Ireland station for publication in the Atlantic Daily Bulletin, the onboard newspaper."

Poldhu is in Cornwall, England.

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Allison Lane

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Oh my God, I'm an idiot. *points to the above post* See why I'm so surprised to be published here?
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-Allison L.
 
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>>Oh my God, I'm an idiot. *points to the above post* See why I'm so surprised to be published here?<<

Be thee not discouraged m'lady. I haven't had a chance to do more then skim through it but this is something I'll rectify tomorrow. (Have the day off.) It looks to be a very well researched piece of work and just browsing through it, I'm impressed at the depth to which you've gone into the subject. Small errors I'm afraid are inevitable no matter how hard you work to avoid them. You might want to make take advantage of any critical review you recieve here to make any essential corrections if you decide at some point to turn the article into a basis for a book project.

Congratulations on publication BTW.
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Allison, I've corrected your name... really it would be so much simpler if you would just change it
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If you log into ET contribute you can see how many hits your article is getting.
 
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Hi Allison,
excellently written paper, no wonder your University was pleased. I only wish my students would write as well as you do but, alas, some people have got the talent and others (mine!) seem to be a bit lacking. Re the last couple of paragraphs, you might be interested in the Dona Paz - though not hitting an iceberg (as you correctly say, nothing quite like the Titanic has happened since), it did take a stupendous number of people with it. Also, check out the lifeboat threads here on ET, as there is some interesting discussion about the fact that lifeboats for all does not mean guaranteed safety for all. Congratulations again.
 
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Allison Lane

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Thank you all for your comments and compliments--I am blushing to the roots of my hair. No joke.

Phil, I did try logging in to the contributors' page, but it said I couldn't modify the article "probably because it has special formatting". Or something like that. Is the number of hits the same number that's beside the word "article" in parentheses?

And wow, Michael, you think I could really turn the paper into a book project? Heh, the most ambitious I got was toying with the idea of maybe submitting it to the Commutator, but I couldn't find any information on how to do so.

I am so seriously blushing.
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-Allison L.
 
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>>And wow, Michael, you think I could really turn the paper into a book project?<<

Possibly, yes. This particular area of interest has rarely recieved as much attention as it should beyond a few pages or at best a chapter in some of the general histories that have been published. You might think of the article as a foundation to build on, correcting as needed and adding to it as new or overlooked information comes to light...but yes, I think it can be done.
 

Noel F. Jones

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"Poldhu is in Cornwall, England."

Having now de-hibernianised this location and at some risk of being deemed churlish:

I can now go on to say that the title of the article gave me to anticipate an audit trail of specific instruments of national and international law leading up to the present day (SOLAS etc.) from the pre-Titanic position.

Is the objective to inform (and risk boring the R's off people) or to entertain (and risk being seen as a 'lightweight')?

Ever the informed commentator's dilemma! In its present form I see entertainment.

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>>Is the objective to inform (and risk boring the R's off people) or to entertain (and risk being seen as a 'lightweight')? <<

Perhps both Noel??? Remember that this is a reletively brief article were talking about aimed at a largely general readership and not intended to be some sort of ultra-academic magnum opus that would take up thousands of pages in mind numbing detail. Perhaps we shouldn't get too carried away.
 
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I think, Noel, the objective was a college term paper, and not a PhD proposal in Maritime Law, or an article for a newspaper. And as such I think it succeeds admirably. It's well-researched, well-referenced, and well-written, and it probably had a word limit. Like all good students, Allison has an eye for getting published - which she did, and deservedly so.
 

Noel F. Jones

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Oh all right! Forgive a disappointed law drafter.

Maybe my anticipated audit trail is something Allison might consider for the future.

As a parting shot, how come I can't get back to the article from here without exiting ET and re-entering via a search or, latterly, via my history bank?

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Noel F. Jones

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Is this a gauntlet I see before me?

Unfortunately I am now so far removed from primary sources and research resources that any such project would be a long - and expensive - uphill struggle.

Allison on the other hand has a law library on tap...

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Allison Lane

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Okay, I have to admit that the recent posts in this topic have somewhat baffled me.

>> I can now go on to say that the title of the article gave me to anticipate an audit trail of specific instruments of national and international law leading up to the present day (SOLAS etc.) from the pre-Titanic position. <<

Maybe this is me being young and noobish, but I have no clue what was just said there.

Noel, I seriously doubt that I have anything resembling a law library "on tap". Troy State may be the third-biggest university in Alabama, and I like it very much there, but I've always found the library to be rather lacking. The only nifty thing I've ever found there is the Cunard-White Star ad in LIFE magazine that featured Joseph Boxhall. Plus, I'll come right out and say that an "audit trail" sounds boring to me.

Also, I'm not sure if you think a paper as entertainment is a bad thing, but I certainly wasn't bored writing it, so I hope people would be entertained (academically, intellectually, what have you) while reading it.

Monica--my paper didn't have a word limit, but it did have to have a minimum about of pages (which I think was ten). Thank you muchly for your compliments.
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Michael--I'd be interested in what you might have to say on how I would go about turning my paper into a book. That thought positively staggers me.

As for anything I might write next... I've sometimes thought about writing, on my own time, something examining the various versions of Jack Phillips' death that were put forth. (Sadly, neither of the term papers I have to write this semester can be tied to the Titanic in any way whatsoever. Rats.)


-Allison L.