[b]Royal Mail Ship Titanic[/b]
There was a crew of five Sea Post Clerks and a cargo of 3,364 sacks of mail.
A “slip” noting that a folder contained two letters was found in the coat pocket of Oscar Scott Woody when his body was recovered at sea following the sinking of the Titanic.
Clerks placed ‘facing slips’ on the top of individual bundles of mail to indicate their destination. Sea post clerks were required to stamp their names on the slips so any mistakes could be traced back to them.
Woody was a native of Roxboro, North Carolina and had a salary of $1,000 annually.
Sea Post Clerks traveled on board ocean liners and were treated with respect, taking their meals with the wireless operators.
Woody had turned 44 on this trip when he died.
The first leg of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic was to Cherbourg, France, where it anchored two miles off shore and newly boarding passengers were brought to the ship by tender. The Titanic left Cherbourg and then arrived at Queenstown, Ireland. At this stop, Father Frank Browne, a newly ordained Jesuit Priest, was supposed to get off the ship. His uncle, a Catholic Bishop who had raised him after he parents died when he was a child, had provided him with a ticket for the first part of the Titanic voyage. A wealthy American who Father Browne met on the ship offered to pay his way to America and back. Browne wired to his uncle the Bishop for permission. He was ordered to ‘get off the ship now’. He did and the photos he took with his new camera are the best and the last of the Great Ship.
For the best factual book on the Titanic read Bruce M. Caplan's book [b]The Sinking of the Titanic[/b] http://www.amazon.com/Sinking-Titanic-ebook/dp/B006OJMDLK
For a great suspense novel read Rob Walker's book: [b]Titantic 2012[/b] http://www.amazon.com/Titanic-2012-Curse-RMS-ebook/dp/B0049U4CCE
For a voyage 100 years later read my book [b]FOLLOW TITANIC[/b] http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Titanic-Marsha-Thriller-ebook/dp/B006PR7S02
Great info Ken! The postmen on the Titanic didn't realize that the ship was sinking. When the mailroom began to flood, they began to drag their sacks of mail up to a higher deck. They didn't realize that their efforts were going to prove fruitless!
John Thayer, a survivor of the Titanic, would later write of the sinking as: "The event which not only made the world rub its eyes and awake, but woke it with a start...To my mind the world of today awoke April 15, 1912."
John (Jack Thayer) at 17, lost his father on the Titanic. His mother survived in a lifeboat. Just prior to the confrontation with the berg, he had met a gentleman named Milton C. Long. At first the two young men were excited about the events of the night and morning. They soon realized that their gender prevented them from boarding a lifeboat.
Jack Thayer was a good swimmer and he knew that the first lifeboats had left the ship half-full. That's because almost no one thought the ship would sink. Thayer and Long decided that they would wait until the Titanic was almost level with the water and then swim out to one of the lifeboats.
Milton Long jumped first. He slid along the side of the ship and disappeared. Jack Thayer jumped a few seconds later. There was a large wave and explosions that shoved him toward an over-turned lifeboat. About 25 men survived on this upside down craft. Thayer went on to write a small volume about his survival on the Titanic in 1940.
Seventeen men died during the construction of Olympic and Titanic including a father and son.
Heavier items such as the funnels were lifted on board Titanic using a crane capable of lifting 200 tons to a height of nearly 150 feet.
The cost to build Titanic in 1912 was $7.5million. The cost today is $400million.
Titanic entered the dry dock in February 1912 to have her propellers fitted and her hull painted.
In the early dark days of World War II, many thought that England could not survive. France was about to fall and over 300 thousand British and allied forces were trapped on a beach called Dunkirk.
Charles Lightoller---, the same man who survived the Titanic while floating with Jack Thayer and a score of other crewmen on an over-turned lifeboat--sailed his craft toward the crowded beaches and rescued over 100 trapped soldiers.
His yacht had never held more than 20 passengers. This time, no one could accuse him of not filling his lifeboats to their total capacity! He was one of the War's first heroes!
The mortuary bag was sewn aboard the Halifax cable ship Mackay-Bennett and was used to safeguard the personal effects of Body No. 41, 33 year-old Edmund Stone, a First Class bedroom Steward from Southampton who was buried at sea.
The core of the system for body recovery and identification, mortuary bags were made aboard ship as the bodies were found and they proved very effective in keeping victims’ personal effects together, both on the ship and in the morgue. This system was so successful in the process of identifying bodies and returning personal effects to families, that the coroner during the Halifax Explosion followed the Titanic example and made identical bags for the personal effects of Explosion victims.
The mortuary bag described here is now on display at the Marine Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax
In case you missed this sometime back Joe Konrath landed on the Scorpio, my fictitious Salvage ship in Titanic 2012 to interview me aboard the ship where it hovered over the Titanic two and a half miles below us. As there is a time wave in the area, the two of us wound up on board the Titanic with the iceberg looming over us while Joe tried desperately to interview me. The remnants of that interview are found here -
The bodies of Rob and J.A. were fished from the sea by the freighter SS James Cameron after the explosion as they tried to raise the Titanic. Mangled but identifiable, their corpses were stripped of their clothing and personal affects and put into burlap bags which were then sewn shut and marked with numbers and their names written on the labels. The improvised mortuary bags were then laid with the others as hundreds of those who perished 100 years before were amazingly blown loose from where they were entombed. http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Titanic-Marsha-Thriller-ebook/dp/B006PR7S02
From the grave, from inside that burlap body bag, I wish it to be known that JA and I were brought down not by an iceberg, not even by the Titanic....but rather the end result of a Conspiracy to get top people in the parade away from Legacy publishing to Kindle publishing....Sad to say....they GOT us! Hired a hit man from the cast of JUSTIFIED...
Rob Walker, Posthumusly from the Cargo Hold of Titanic 2012
[b]From the San Franciscan[/b] ---
NEW YORK, April 19.—Dr. Washington Dodge of San Francisco, at the Hotel Wolcott here, gave the following account of the wreck:
“We had retired to our stateroom, and the noise of the collision was not at all alarming. We had just fallen asleep. My wife awakened me and said that something had happened to the ship. We went on deck and everything seemed quiet and orderly.
“The orchestra was playing a lively tune. They started to lower the lifeboats after a lapse of some minutes. There was little excitement.
SHIP SEEMED SAFER.
“As the lifeboats were being launched, many of the first-cabin passengers expressed their preference of staying on the ship. The passengers were constantly being assured that there was no danger, but that as a matter of extra precaution the women and children should be placed in the lifeboats.
“Everything was still quiet and orderly when I placed Mrs. Dodge and the boy in the fourth or fifth boat. I believe there were 20 boats lowered away altogether. I did what I could to help in keeping order, as after the sixth or seventh boat was launched the excitement began.“Some of the passengers fought with such desperation to get into the lifeboats that the officers shot them, and their bodies fell into the ocean.
“It was 10:30 when the collision occurred, and 1:55 o’clock when the ship went down,” he said. “Major Archibald Butt stood with John Jacob Astor as the water rolled over the Titanic.
[b]Timeline to Doom[/b]
April 14, 1912 9:00pm – Captain Smith joins 2nd officer Charles Lightoller on the bridge. After a conversation, both agree that they will see anything large enough to damage the ship in time to take action. Smith leaves the bridge with the words "If in the least bit doubtful let me know."
10:00pm – 1st Officer Murdoch takes over on the bridge, and Lightoller goes to his cabin.
10:21pm – The nearby ship Californian comes upon the ice field, Captain Lord decides to stop and wait out the night. With 24 of 29 boilers fired, the Titanic is running at 22 knots, the highest speed it had ever achieved.
11:00pm – Californian sends ice warning to Titanic. Titanic's operators, who are backlogged with passenger messages, send back a reply of "Shut up, shut up I'm busy." Lookouts Fleet and Lee shiver in the cold night air in the lookout tower. The whereabouts of their binoculars is unknown after a change of crew in Southampton, so Fleet and Lee make do without.
11:40pm – Fleet sees a large iceberg dead ahead of the bow and signals the bridge. Sixth Officer Moody acknowledges the message and relays to First Officer Murdock, who instinctively orders hard to port and telegraphs the engine room to stop all engines. He also closes the watertight doors. Unfortunately, the iceberg scrapes the Titanic under the waterline for more than 300 feet. The scrape opens up five of the front compartments and floods the coal bunker servicing boiler number nine.
In my Titanic 2012 - Curse of RMS Titanic, one character keeps a running diary that follows the time line, and this diary survives the sinking and becomes an intergral part of the future salvage operation going on in science fiction mode two and a half miles below the surface when divers do far more than send remote cameras into Titanic as they swim INSIDE Titanic....only thing is one of the divers is IT....the thing that caused the ship to go down 100 years before.
April 14th is coming up fast now; James Cameron's re-release of Titanic, this time in 3-D is now being advertised on TV. I guess folks need a closer look at the tragedy to feel even more a part of it all -- 3-D putting it in their theatre seasts.