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S.S. Algerine joins the recovery effort

Shared on 16th May 2021 by David Lean

May 16th 1912 - Over a month has passed since the Titanic disaster. Still hopeful of finding more victims, the White Star Line charters the Bowring Bros. Limited steamer S.S. Algerine, to sail from St. Johns, Newfoundland under the command of Captain John Jackman and join the recovery effort; she will be the last vessel contracted for the search.

In New York, Marcelle Navratil is reunited with her two sons, three-year-old Michel and two-year-old Edmond after their father Michel Navratil Snr. took the boys with him aboard Titanic without Marcelle's knowledge. Travelling under the assumed name of Louis Hoffman, Michel Snr. died in the sinking; the boys were rescued in a lifeboat.

Aboard Carpathia, it was assumed that they were orphans and first class passenger Margaret Hays agreed to care for them at her home until relatives could be found. After recognising Michel and Edmond from a photograph in a newspaper, Marcelle sailed to America aboard the Oceanic to collect them...in a cruel twist of fate, she was on board when Collapsible Lifeboat A was discovered adrift in mid-Atlantic three days ago.

Michel Navratil's body was the 15th victim to be recovered by the Mackay-Bennett, was laid to rest at Baron de Hirsch cemetery in Halifax yesterday.

Photograph 1: S.S. Algerine. Sourced from [http://archivalmoments.ca/tag/algerine/] Photograph 2: Marcelle Navratil with Michel and Edmond. Courtesy of the Photo Science Museum.

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Cycling on the Titanic

Shared on 15th May 2021

The exercise cycles on the Titanic were of the Hutchens-Hamilton "Home Trainer" type, popular in Edwardian times for static cycles races.

The " Titanic " Loss.
Much has been written of the luxurious appointments of the ill-fated " Titanic." The huge physical culture department included two home trainers of the Hutchins-Hamilton [sic] type, so popular in cycling circles. The pattern is that with the large dial facing the pedaller, a pointer revolving clockwise around the edge, on which are marked figures denoting the miles covered. - Cycling, 25 April 1912

Lawrence Beesley and a friend who came to see him off at Southampton, try out the new "his and hers" trainer cycles on the Titanic (Illustrated London News); A builders' photo of the gymnasium on the Olympic with the cycles at far right (Harland & Wolff); One of the cycles still visible on the wreck.

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