Wireless Storms Island

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Sable Island, so long the terror of transatlantic seamen, is tonight, through the agency of the wireless, the storm center of a great battle for news of the missing passengers and crew of the Titanic.

The wireless station on the lonely sand driven island, planted in the Atlantic 120 miles southeast of Halifax is maintained by the Canadian government and is one of the most important of the chain of wireless outposts on the Canadian coast.

It has made the Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic, the radiating center of news which comes and goes between the passing liners and the shore.

The wireless equipment is powered within a range of 300 miles and the business handles runs up to 12,000 to 15,000 messages a year.

Tonight the Allan liner Parisian is abreast of the island, headed for Halifax, and the Cunarder Carpathia, which bears the secret of the Titanic, is coming into communication.

The wireless operators at Sable Island are overwhelmed with messages which have come from all quarters from relatives of passengers praying for news and the strenuous life the wireless men have lived during the last forty-0eight hours will not be relieved until the Carpathia gives up her story.

Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, April 18, 1912, p. 2, c. 3

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2009) Wireless Storms Island (Chicago Tribune, Thursday 18th April 1912, ref: #10924, published 13 October 2009, generated 20th June 2021 06:37:01 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/wireless-storms-island.html