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Memorial to Titanic Operator Will Be Erected at the Battery Soon
The fountain erected in memory of Jack Phillips, the senior wireless operrator [sic] who lost his life on the Titanic when she foundered an her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, has been completed and is being put in position on the west side of the United States Barge Office, facing Battery Park.

It consists of a white granite basin and pedestal weighing twelve tons, and flanked on either side by two broad, granite seats with fir trees in the background. There is also a granite cenotaph six feet high, on which will be inscribed the names of Jack Phillips and of other wireless operators who have died at their posts.

The fountain was paid for out of a fund subscribed to by readers of THE NEW YORK TIMES and by sums collected by wireless operators on the coastwise steamships and known as "The Marine Wireless Operators' Fund." The site for the fountain was selected by the late Mayor Gaynor. The architects who designed the fountain were Hewitt & Bottomley of 527 Fifth Avenue, and arrangement will be made for unveiling the cenotaph, when the work of putting the fountain in place has been completed.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) PHILLIPS FOUNTAIN READY (New York Times, Sunday 11th October 1914, ref: #3693, published 9 September 2004, generated 22nd May 2023 03:55:17 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/phillips-fountain-ready.html