I'll second that. As notorious as the Lusitania was at the time, she seems almost forgotten now and it's a real joy to see something to bring her memory alive again, along with her very human stories. I'm aware of the fact that Jim and Mike have been working damned hard on this for a very long time, and it's nice to see all that hard work bear fruit. Way to go guys!
Congratulations on a superb presentation of new and exciting information! What a joy to see some of these images as well, and the layout is user-friendly and visually appealing. I know what I will be reading this evening! It's wonderful to have this tribute on this special anniversary date. I know this effort will be appreciated by so many around the world who share the goal of collecting and sharing research on this legendary liner.
Senan, Michael and Shelley: Thanks for the kind words, and be assured that they are appreciated. One of the most rewarding aspects of this project was the amount of help volunteered by- IMHO- the nicest group of researchers one is likely to meet and 'though we thanked them, by name, in "the end credits" I would like to reiterate the point here that this first installment was, in many ways, a group effort and an example of what a research project SHOULD be like. We hope that, if asked, we can repay the favors done on our behalf. One person not thanked in the credits, who deserves particular praise, is Phil Hind who did an excellent job sorting through the 41 photos and 40 pages of manuscript we sent his way and fashioning them into something visually outstanding. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped, and we honestly hope that we lived up to your expectations.
~Jim and Mike.
Hello Senan, Michael, and Mama (and all you good folks out there in TV land!)
We can't thank you enough for all of your wonderful comments and support. It means so much. Phil, especially deserves special praise for such an excellent job in presenting such an incredible layout. May the Lusitania and the stories of the Bretherton, Mainman, Smith, Frankum, families etc.. live on.
Jim, Mike, I'll have to wait for the weekend to do a detailed read of the article, but from what I've seen thus far, it's a winner. The only complaint I have is of a technical nature which nobody can really do anything about. That being that I can't get all the photos to load. I get those frames with that silly X and when I right click on it, I get a box that says the photos are not licensed for copying.
The pitfalls of a phone modem connection and unfortunately, there's zip that can be done about it. Things like that make me look forward to the day we get broadband or a cable modem where I live. The ones that did load were great! I'm looking forward to the next installment. I know it's been a labour of love!
That happened to me at first, but I tried refreshing it, with no other windows open and no other programs running and I got the rest to download. If worse comes to worse, Jim or I can email the you the pictures that did not show up.
I may give that REFRESH thing a try. It would be nice if we could get the better hookups around here with modems a bit more 21st century, but thems the breaks. The only outfit that offers cable modem here is Charter Cable, but with all the strings they put on the deal, we're not going there.
Jim, Michael, congrats for this very nice article. I have yet to read it in full, but what I have read so far is really interesting, especially for someone like me who didn't take much interest in Lusitania before.
Thank you very much for the kind message. We continue to be very grateful for the support, encouragement, and compliments we have received.
I am glad you enjoyed it. There is a small piece in Voyage that is not in this article that you should be seeing in the upcoming issue.
Well, if Phil wants another article- we'd be happy to send it. Plus,as always, there will be further contributions to Voyage.
Thanks very much for posting such up-close shots of the graves. It is a shame they seem to be fading. Ahh.. the ravages of time. Do you know if there is any maintenance work being done?
>I just noticed that Jim mentioned "first installment"- can we hope for more ?!
Indeed you can. We kept this article to 50 or so pages, but have the raw material for perhaps 150-250 more. The next installments will be shorter, but more frequent, with a target date of July for the big blow-out.
Our ultimate goal is to present a fully realised cross section of the passengers and crew who haven't made it into the books. "100% Frohman Free; Reduced Vanderbilt content; 99% fewer Hubbard references than our nearest competitor
" has been a joke between ourselves since the inception of this project.
Doug and Nicolas: Thank you for the nice reviews. As Mike has already said, we appreciate the positive feedback.
Senan: Thanks for the photos. I have a long letter from Mrs. Ferrier from which, unfortunately, I cannot get permission to quote but ehr story was about as depressing as that of Mrs. Adams.
>The first class child had no property but his clothes
Parallelling that, his father (having failed at his efforts to become the US Ambassador in Rome and being offered an assistant secretary post in Swansea in its stead ) continued to live in high style, but with no money, in the Savoy in London until his death in the early 1920s. He, too, seemingly had nothing left but his clothing, which the Savoy seized to partially settle his debts. At the end of the decade they were still dunning his estate but the paper trail ends there-either the bill was finally paid or the Savoy gave up. He had commisioned a full length portait of Beatrice before the disaster, which was not part of what she was granted in the divorce and which we have not been able to trace. if he did not destroy it, the Savoy may have seized it as well.
>>Our ultimate goal is to present a fully realised cross section of the passengers and crew who haven't made it into the books. "100% Frohman Free; Reduced Vanderbilt content; 99% fewer Hubbard references than our nearest competitor <<
And that's certainly a welcome change. So much appears to be focused on the Rich and the Famous that the poor and obscure get lost in the sauce. They had stories too and the impact was a lot tougher on their families as sole breadwinners went down with the ship.