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I started getting really involved with Titanic and other shipwrecks about at the age of 11 even though they have always interested me. I also love navel architecture. I would have to say my favorite ships are the Titanic, Britannic, Lusitania, Majestic, SS Constitution, and Cunard's newest, Queen Victoria.
 
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Like Mark, I grew up completely mystified by the Titanic in much the same way.

For me it began when I was 8 years old and was walking through our Family Room where my dad was watching "some old movie". I happened to walk in at the tail end of A Night To Remember. I was glued to the TV. My dad got up afterwards and I asked him "what was that?" "Oh, that was the Titanic", he said, which got my brain churning enough to beg to be taken to the library so that I could learn more.

And here I sit, over 2 decades later, still just as captivated by the Titanic, but also having gained knowledge about many other interesting ships as well through the process.

[Moderator's Note: All messages dated 23 and 24 February 2008 were originally in a separate thread in a different "General Titanica" subtopic, but have been moved to this pre-existing thread addressing the same question. MAB]
 
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Alyson Jones

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It was by accident, how i found out.
My parents were watching a documentry and i just happen to pass by them and i said to my father,what's this.
My father told me that a ship Titanic on her first voyage sunk by hitting an iceberg in 1912,i guess since i love old fashion and History i just had to learn more about the Titanic. Regards
 

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I loathe to admit it, but it was Cameron's Titanic that spurred my interest. It wasn't necessarily the explicit moments in the movie that pulled me toward the subject, but it was the ship itself. I was quite interested in it when I was in 6th grade I think, but I ended up drifting away from the topic afterward. It wasn't until this last year that I really fell back into the swing of things. I've learned more about the ship within the past year than I ever thought possible. I've learned enough to make me detest Cameron's placement of two "1990s mall rats," as it has been put, in the historical Edwardian Era. I love A Night to Remember, however. It is quite a bit more accurate.

I went off on a tangent, but that is about how it happened. I think I should thank everyone who has helped me build my knowledge this year. Thanks everyone!!
 
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I loathe to admit it, but it was Cameron's Titanic that spurred my interest.
Nothing wrong with that. S.O.S. Titanic lead me down the bridal path to Titanic Buffdom back in '86 when I was 9.​
 

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Most of you probably do not know that a very high percentage of professional deep-sea mariners cringe at the mention of Titanic. I really don't know why this is. perhaps a 'Shrink' might like to shed some light on the subject.
There is a very large site on the Net devoted to mariners of all shapes and sizes. When the word 'Titanic' is mentioned there is a flurry of sarcasm and associated jokes. I expect it is something to do with being personally involved and having seen so many bad movies and read not a few dreadfully inaccurate books.
Having said that; I for one have had over 50 years of marine experience on practically every commercial vessel that floats and I don't think it demeaning for me to get the 'Titanic Bug'.
I got involved by accident. I was approached by someone about a technical matter concerning 'Titanic' so I logged-on to get information from this site. Unfortunately my poor long-suffering wife has another 'cross to bear'. She hates watching sea movies with me.
Her opening remarks at the beginning of the film are "Now sit down, shut-up and enjoy the movie".
Now she has to put up with "obviously this or that one has never actually seen such a thing they're pontificating about" or "They can't be seriously suggesting they can read that person's mind?".
Having said all that, I get from the site what I want and thoroughly enjoy the 'getting'. I suspect that's the case with everyone here.
 
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>>I really don't know why this is.<<

Something about "sinking" doesn't sit to well with us sailors. For some reason, it just bothers us. I'm sure that you of all people can appriciate that!
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>>I expect it is something to do with being personally involved and having seen so many bad movies and read not a few dreadfully inaccurate books. <<

Some so-called documentaries are an irritant as well, but movie representations are even worse. Two hours+ worth of technical errors as far as I'm concerned. Since coming on to this site, I've learned quite a bit from some bonafide experts about shipwreck forensics that tends to keep me hooked and always learning.

The basics behind the sinking are straightforward enough in their own right but the devil is always in the details, and it's that Devil I want to get to better know and understand.
 
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Hey you're a sailor micheal,i think that cool!
Hey , how did you get invovled with the Titanic micheal?
 
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>>Hey , how did you get invovled with the Titanic micheal?<<

Read "A Night To Remember" when I was eight years old and it's been an interest ever since. My naval career made my interest in shipwreck forensics a bit more personal but it's only been in the last eight and a half years that I've been able to do something about it.
 
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I hear you on that Mike I've always been interested in lost ships. No so much the shipwreck or the ship as the people who sailed on her. But Titanic was the first and that started though SOS Titanic.
 
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WOW, Micheal i never spoken to a navel officer before and it's a bonus cause you;re interested in Titanic!You're so up class *in a good way*

George,yes the people are very in important as the ship is.Are you an navel officer like micheal is?
That would be a double bonus!
Did SOS Titanic get you interested in the Titanic?
I'm shock here George, you're only 4 years older than i am.I'm actually talking to someone close to my age!I read one of you're posts and it gave you're age away.
 
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>>WOW, Micheal i never spoken to a navel officer...<<

Errrrr...I was just a humble petty officer...an enlisted man and really nobody particularly special.

>>Did SOS Titanic get you interested in the Titanic?<<

Actually, I've never even seen that one. I've seen the 1953 flick as well as the movie version of A Night To Remember. Mostly, I've been scratching my interest by way of books and attending various get togethers and gatherings with researchers.

If you want to see the company I keep, go to the following:

http://home.comcast.net/~bwormst7/Symposium/Titanic_Symposium.html

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http://www.glts.org/events/toledo_2006/
 
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Alyson Jones

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Petty officer is still an officer!Well i think it's special to be in the navy and wear a uniform.
I never seen it either but i'm dying to see SOS Titanic and the night too remember and all of the Titanic movies.
What books are the best to read about the Titanic?
I checked out you're links about you're Titanic reasearch group.They must know heaps about the Titanic!
Do each member have there own specialality like one member reasearch officers another member reasearch constrution and one reasearch mancanics of the ship,something like that?
They all look so professional and know there stuff.
Do they come on here like you do and talk to us novice younger people that know way least than you guys do?
 

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If you hang round long enough, you'll meet some ships' captains, both ancient and modern. They bring years fo experience to our board.

Watch your spelling. A naval officer serves on a ship. A navel officer grows oranges, or assists an obstetrician.
 
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>>Petty officer is still an officer!<<

Not quite. It's still a management position but one which definately involves getting your hands dirty in ways that a commissioned officer seldom does. Think of a shop foreman or team leader, and that's the petty officers role.

>>What books are the best to read about the Titanic?<<

That's a matter of some considerable debate. If you check out the information archived at http://www.titanicbooksite.com/index.html you'll get a pretty objective take on this from Michael Tennero.

>>Do each member have there own specialality like one member reasearch officers another member reasearch constrution and one reasearch mancanics of the ship,something like that?<<

The group I'm running with is a loose and informal assocciation of researchers and historians as well as enthusiasts which sometimes calls itself The Scotland Road Irregulars. A lot of out interest has been in forensics issues.

>>Do they come on here like you do and talk to us novice younger people that know way least than you guys do?<<

Yes, that's how a lot of us first got to know each other.
 
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Alyson Jones

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Dave-Wow,Ship captains!Iv'e always been interested in ship captains ever since i heard about the Titanic.
How about you, are you a ship captain or an ship officer?

Micheael-Yes, i understand now. You're a different kind of officer than a ships officer!
Thanks for the link you provided.
Hey that's a great name for you're group scotland road,i think thats a passeage way on the Titanic which some how became famous!
Maybe iv'e already spoken to some of you're coleuges already who's knows.
Hey,groups like you'res,are they in every country?
 
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>>Hey,groups like you'res,are they in every country?<<

Depends. Titanic interest is pretty international, though I think most of it is within European nations or thier culturally European offshoots and colonies.
 
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George,yes the people are very in important as the ship is.Are you an navel officer like Michael is?
Hi Alyson,
Nope, the closest I got was being a Deckhand on the Riverboat Catfish Bend Riverboat Casino back in the 90's. But I've always thought that with out the people a ship is just a ship.​
 
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Alyson Jones

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Hey George-Same,If Titanic had of sunk with no people on board, it would of been a different story!Actually not much of a story.
 

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