- Jul 8, 1999
We have learned that on board the Titanic (as perhaps with other ships of the period), many passengers, probably mostly American businessmen in First Class, sent out private telegrams from Saturday night onwards. I am interested in knowing what the regulations and financial implications (to the two wireless operators) were of this activity.
- I understand that Phillips & Bride were employed by the Marconi Company and not White Star Line. Did that mean that they drew their salaries from Marconi? Did they get any additional stipend from White Star for services rendered?
- While working on board Titanic, were there any set rules about how they prioritised their time with regard to ship's messages as opposed to private ones?
- I assume that a passenger wanting to send a private telegram had to pay a fee for the service; who did it go to - Marconi Company or White Star?
- Did Phillips and Bride receive additional fees for themselves for sending out private messages for passengers? If so, was this official or "incentive"? One way or another, I assume that the rich Americans tipped the Wireless Operators for their assistance.