The Titanic saga a story of one ship or three


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Here's a question for you all: is the Titanic saga a story of one ship, or three?
The Titanic herself is certainly what set the saga in motion, but, IMHO, I think the Carpathia and, yes, the Californian, also are a part of the overall story of that tragic madien voyage. Thus making it a story of three ships, not just one.
After all, it's not just one ore boat but three that are in the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald's tragic final voyage: the Fitz, the Arthur M. Anderson, and the William Clay Ford.
Just some thoughts.

Richard K.
 
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Might as well add a few others, such as the Virginian from which some thought that "All Safe, Heading To Halifax" message supposedly came from, the Olympic which was too far away to help, but which was used during the inquiries, the Mackay-Bennett which had the unhappy task of picking up the bodies...

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Michael H. Standart
 
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Sometimes, it's easy to think of Titanic as being truly alone. After reading Signals of Disaster, I saw it as a tale of many, many ships - some of the greatest liners afloat through to scraggy little workhorse tramp steamers, all with varying roles to play.

The poignancy of Titanic's older sister Olympic racing to a rescue doomed to failure... The increasing anxiety of the questions and answers over the wireless as other ships within range realise that Titanic really was sinking... And that they were too far away.

Highly fanciful, perhaps, but Titanic was not totally alone that night with all those wireless operators in the North Atlantic tracking her descent into silence.

And on that rather morbid note, good night.

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Erik Wood

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Also I think of Titanic as an era. An era of in which life was much different. Socially and emotionally. We hear so many stories of husbands leaving there wives and children trying to convince them that all was alright. You have for the most part order on the boat deck when most realized the end was near. That is something that you wouldn't find today or if you did there wouldn't be that many showings of it.

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From the chart in the U.S. Senate investigation, there were seven ships; the Californian, Parisian, Mount Temple, Birma, Frankfurt, Baltic, and the Carpathia which were the closest at the time of the disaster. Closest being a tad misleading when you consider that the Frankfurt was 140 miles away at the time.

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Logan Geen

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Let's not forget that there is indeed a story of 3 ships-the tragic and unique Olympic class. All 3, the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic have a unique niche in history. Only one ever enjoyed a full life, 1 served her country but never passengers and 1 (you can probably guess which) had a never ending effect on history. I wish more people would give credit to the Britannic. Countless sources mention the Olympic and Titanic but totally ignore the third sister. This is a story as good as all the others.
 

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