Outgoing Marconigrams between 11:40pm and 12:15am


Arun Vajpey

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From various sources it looks like Jack Phillips and Harold Bride were busy sending and receiving lucrative (for the Marconi company) private passenger messages leading-up to the time of the Titanic's collision with the iceberg. Judging by what Phillips 'told' Cyril Evans earlier that night, he was busy working Cape Race.

Assuming (probably correctly) that the Marconi operators were using the same Titanic ship time as others were at the time, would they have been recording the time sent for each of their messages? If they did, would the receiving operator at Cape Race or other ships have that record on the received messages? If so, the contents of messages sent to other ships and perhaps any non-passenger messages to the operator at Cape Race might make interesting reading.

The Titanic collided with the iceberg at 11:40 pm; by the time Captain Smith had enough damage assessment information to know that the situation was serious, it was nearly 12:15 am, the time quoted by most good sources as to when he went to the Wireless Room to alert Phillips & Bride about sending distress calls.. Although that was the first time that the two officially found out about the situation, they must have known that something was wrong. The ship slowing down, the hard manoeuvers, stopping, restating, stopping again and then blowing off steam would have told their own story.

What I would be interested in knowing whether there is any record of outgoing messages from the Titanic to anywhere between 11:40 pm and 12:15 am that night which reflect Phillips or Bride's concerns, if any. Obviously, they would not be mentioned in the passengers' private messages but what about to other operators?
 

Alex F

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From various sources it looks like Jack Phillips and Harold Bride were busy sending and receiving lucrative (for the Marconi company) private passenger messages leading-up to the time of the Titanic's collision with the iceberg. Judging by what Phillips 'told' Cyril Evans earlier that night, he was busy working Cape Race.

"Working" does not mean "sending". Phillips was receiving messages when Cyril Evans decided to call him. It was one wave (600 meter) for all stations. If one was sending others were listening.

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