The biggest challenge with the tiles is trying to guess what the original colour would have looked like new, instead of after decades immersed in salt water or as pictured in an artist's impression. The person performing QA on my renditions is Ken Marschall...once he gives the OK, I'm not making any more changes. That having been said, onlt a few of the tiles pictured on my website have gotten his final OK. The rest are still in work.
I probably misspoke myself. Ken has stopped making comment on the first 5 tiles on my webpage, so I'm assuming that he's satisfied with the rendition. Ken, however, is a perfectionist, and never stops critiquing even his own work, so there's no guarantee that he won't re-evaluate at some future date. The other tiles are still under discussion. And, no, the 1st Cl. Dining Saloon tile is still in work; in fact, I just re-worked the entire tile and have started over again.
Remember, these tiles are merely a diversion. They started out as background decoration for my website. We may end up with a catalogue of the floor tiles known to have been used aboard Titanic, but we're not going to rock the Titanic world with that information. That's why I don't mind posting them as works-in-progress; also, there is no rush to complete the project. These tiles are going to be in flux for some time to come.
Parks - Bloody Brilliant! Given the overwhelming amount of internet dross regarding the Titanic available on-line, there is a need for as much quality work out there as possible. And yours, IMHO, is among the very front rank of the front rankers. A much welcomed return.
I was particularly glad to see the White Paper you co-authored with David Brown accessible again - I know there were quite a few queries about it after you took the site off-line for a while. Am going to go back and read the tech stuff s-l-o-w-l-y to see if I can absorb it...perhaps even an old troglodyte like myself can grasp it all eventually.
I received a message at home last night from Glenn and was going to answer here from work, but I just discovered that his site won't come up. I'll have to wait until I get home again tonight to answer...at that time, I'll ask what's up with his site. Dave, thanks for the comment...do you know what's going on with Glenn?
You're absolutely right about shoving the site back in...I can only work on it after everyone else in the house has gone to bed, so there's no bubbly popping. There's more coming, though, so stay tuned. What you see right now is only the beginning...
I have a dilemma...since Dave presented the grounding White Paper to the Marine Forensic Panel, I have learned and thought more about the subject. The Paper, as posted, is as it was when it was presented. I would, however, now like to make some subtle changes. I don't think we emphasised enough the topic of a design flaw with the WT doors, nor did we delve deeply enough into hydraulic compression of ballast tanks and the effect of such on the double bottom. I would also like to spend more time in BR #4, to discuss what went on there. So, I guess my question is, do I keep the Paper as formally presented (our Paper is still under review by a committee of the MFP), or do I post a revised version?
By the way, Bill Garzke, the chairman of the MFP, revised the formal SD-7 report on the sinking of Titanic. It's available for download in Adobe Acrobat format at:
You'll notice some significant changes from the earlier version, particularly in the matter of "brittle steel." The issue of the aft expansion joint has also undergone a major revision, but I am still in disagreement with their conclusions on that subject. Dave also took Garzke to task for a few claims made in the paper. And yes, Dave and I rated a mention, but it wasn't anything to write home to Mother about.
Parks, you may want to keep the paper as is and post revisions and updates in a seperate appendix or postscript in an update section.
I suspect that you and David will have quite a bit to hash out there as this sort of research never really ends. There always seems to be something new coming down the pike. Didn't Cameron's expidition cough up a few surprises after all? Some of it may be germane to what you and David are trying to accomplish.