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Plus ça change,…Live Cats and the Titanic

“Iceberg, dead ahead” was the call at 10:25 pm, April 14, 1912. It was an immediate reality. A few hours later, at 2:20 on the morning of April 15, the Titanic sunk. Shortly after the collision, the Titanic wireless operator got off a radio telegraph SOS (one of the earliest uses of the SOS code) to the RMS Carpathia who retransmitted directly. The news of the iceberg collision was received in New York at 1:00 am. The message was met with incredulity and disbelief. Only one newspaper, the New York Times, published it as real and suffered the indignity of doubt until many hours later when other cables confirmed both the collision and the sinking.

April 15, 2012


By: Morton N. Lane, President

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