Question News articles printed prior to Titanic leaving Southampton

Raych

Raych

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Does anyone have any scanned copies of newspaper articles discussing Titanic prior to her setting sail? I'm only able to find ones about the sinking itself, and anything prior to that is just basic advertisement or from shipbuilding magazines.
 
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chrisd

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Hi
I have twice before tried to find any information via this forum (which may I thought have included local newspaper reporting) about the events at the South Western Hotel in Southampton (separate thread) on the night before the maiden voyage (i.e, the night of 9th April 1912) but have had no response on that subject. I wish you luck on your enquiry and will watch to view any responses. I have in mind that one day I will get to visit the Southampton archives and perform my own search of the newspapers of the time.
 
Steven Christian

Steven Christian

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Does anyone have any scanned copies of newspaper articles discussing Titanic prior to her setting sail? I'm only able to find ones about the sinking itself, and anything prior to that is just basic advertisement or from shipbuilding magazines.
Not much out there other than what you stated. Mostly ads. There wasn't much reason to write about her until she sank because most of the press had covered the Olympic already. Pretty much like the Apollo program. Everybody that could watched Apollo 11. But by Apollo 13 the networks were hardly even covering it anymore until disaster struck. But keep looking. You never know what you might find. Cheers.
 
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Manon Caillard

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Hello Raych,

I actually have a copy of the New York Herald published on April 10th (the same in which appears the article Steven Christian gave you the link to), with another article covering the Titanic. Unfortunately, that's all I have... If you'd like, here is a picture of the article :

Article New York Herald


Greetings (and happy Titanic week to you all !),
Manon
 
joyeberry

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Not much out there other than what you stated. Mostly ads. There wasn't much reason to write about her until she sank because most of the press had covered the Olympic already. Pretty much like the Apollo program. Everybody that could watched Apollo 11. But by Apollo 13 the networks were hardly even covering it anymore until disaster struck. But keep looking. You never know what you might find. Cheers.
That is very helpful! I was wondering about the Olympic's role in all this. haha Now to search for newspaper articles about that!
 
Steven Christian

Steven Christian

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That is very helpful! I was wondering about the Olympic's role in all this. haha Now to search for newspaper articles about that!
Your Welcome. Not sure what you mean about Olympic's role. But she will always be connected to Titanic in one way another being sisters and all. You'll have to hunt around for articles on her as they don't just seem to pop up a lot like doing a search for Titanic. When Titanic sank she generated a lot more press than Olympic did. The pic below is one I have liked because it advertises the changes to Olympic after Titanic. It's from the article below.
Mp olympic advert l
Cheers.
 
joyeberry

joyeberry

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Your Welcome. Not sure what you mean about Olympic's role. But she will always be connected to Titanic in one way another being sisters and all. You'll have to hunt around for articles on her as they don't just seem to pop up a lot like doing a search for Titanic. When Titanic sank she generated a lot more press than Olympic did. The pic below is one I have liked because it advertises the changes to Olympic after Titanic. It's from the article below. View attachment 77591Cheers.
Wonderful find, thanks for sharing!
I guess by “role” I meant, where did the Olympic fit in at the time. She’s fairly lost to history in comparison to her sisters, but I have to imagine she got more attention in her era. She was the first of this luxurious new fleet and so many of the photos people think are of the Titanic are actually hers so I’ve wondered what significance she had then. I liked your comparison to the Apollo missions. That was helpful in understanding the pre-sinking press coverage (or lack thereof) of the Titanic and how to find out what people knew of the ship before she set sail.
 
Steven Christian

Steven Christian

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Wonderful find, thanks for sharing!
I guess by “role” I meant, where did the Olympic fit in at the time. She’s fairly lost to history in comparison to her sisters, but I have to imagine she got more attention in her era. She was the first of this luxurious new fleet and so many of the photos people think are of the Titanic are actually hers so I’ve wondered what significance she had then. I liked your comparison to the Apollo missions. That was helpful in understanding the pre-sinking press coverage (or lack thereof) of the Titanic and how to find out what people knew of the ship before she set sail.
Well Olympic was the first. So it's only natural she would get the majority of the press before the Titanic disaster. WSL, H&W documented her well and lot more than her sisters as far as photos and such. Your right about that. Many people who aren't Titaniacs like us just take it as face value when they see a pic labeled as Titanic. In a way she is the most significant as she was the first and the last...the only survivor. But like after Apollo 11 once the newness of it all wore off people mostly lost interest. That was a shame in my opinion because the last 3 Apollo missions the "J" missions were the most interesting. Nobody was really paying attention to Titanic or Apollo 13 until the disasters happened. Only then did they become famous. But soon after other events soon pushed them out the publics interest. Cheers.
 
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