Friday February 23, 2018

The Titanic Commutator Issue 211



This is the third issue for 2015 THS membership

Before the Internet took off or search engines created, and newspaper and city archives were digitalized, the question of what happened to Fred Fleet's mother after she arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts hadn't been answered. Thanks to Don Lynch in Remembering Frederick Fleet––Epilogue, he found the answer. Nearly everyone that has read about Titanic knows who Frederick Fleet is. The Titanic Commutator in 1993, featured Remembering Frederick Fleet by Edward Kamuda. During the brief period in 1964 when Fleet and Kamuda exchanged letters, Fleet did not think his life or his mementos from Titanic were of any interest. They were ordinary in his mind. Because he gave what he had to Ed less than a year before his death, one more link to Titanic history was preserved.

Peter Padfield, a noted author on books about sailing and the sea and a man who spent years working in the merchant service, looks with a sailor's eye on the Titanic disaster. His book, Titanic and the Californian, refutes the popularly held theory upheld by two Courts of Inquiry––that the Californian was within sight of Titanic when she sank and Californian's inaction despite rockets which she saw, allegedly from the Titanic, suggests that the Board of Trade, to cover up its own inadequacies, deliberately found a scapegoat, Captain Lord, and that Lord Mersey, President of the British Court, had prejudged the case from the beginning.

Sidney Daniels signed on Olympic at age 18 as a platewasher joining her on her maiden voyage in Belfast. After her 9th voyage he was transferred to Titanic, and survived. His service on Olympic was a total of 222 return voyages, and he was with her when she made her final voyage before being scrapped.

As Germanic's commander, beginning with her maiden voyage in May 1875, Charles William Kennedy describes storms, fog and loyal passengers who would only sail with him just as Captain E. J. Smith created a devoted following traveling only on his ships. Germanic was one of the most famous of all Atlantic liners in the matter of longevity, she was in service for a remarkable 75 years, finally broken up in 1950. Changing names and companies several times and the developments Germanic witnessed were amazing. When she began service, the fastest ship was the iron paddlewheel steamer Scotia and when she died, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were among the fastest as well as popular favorites.

The White Star liner Baltic in winds of hurricane force stood by the stricken schooner Northern Light, out of St. John's, Newfoundland and saved five of a crew of six men who were forced to abandon the vessel in a howling December storm. The crew had practically abandoned all hope. Sails gone and water pouring into the hold, the crew were in desperate straits after a two-day battle with the storm when they were sighted by the Baltic in the morning.

Our sincere condolences to Mary and the Maxtone-Graham family on the passing of John Maxtone-Graham. His four decades of work writing about the transition of ocean liners to today's cruise ships is an invaluable legacy that everyone who loves ships will treasure. John will be deeply missed by all those who were fortunate to have known him.

The U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol held a ceremony blessing the memorial wreaths to be dropped at sea at headquarters in New London, Connecticut Wednesday morning, April 15, as it has done annually since its formation after the Titanic sinking––reflecting on the importance of its mission. The job of the Ice Patrol stands at the intersection of history––necessity and weather––as crews look for ice in the North Atlantic's sea lanes near Newfoundland's Grand Banks.

The size and shape of the deadly breach in Titanic's hull is described in the conclusion of Titanic- freeboard contact with the iceberg by eyewitness passenger accounts resulting in a combination of circumstances. A variety of good reading.


Remembering Fred Fleet – Epilogue
The blank spaces of Titanic's lookout's history are filled in By Edward Kamuda and Don Lynch

The Titanic and Californian
Introduction to the 2015 Edition By Peter Padfield

Sidney Daniels: A Life at Sea
I sailed on Olympic's maiden voyage, 222 return voyages, her final voyage and I survived the Titanic disaster

THS Convention April 29, 30, May 1, 2016
Celebrating All Things Titanic

Aboard White Star's Germanic
A Commander's recollections of unforgettable passengers, collisions, fires, etc. during his years at sea By Captain Charles Kennedy

Remembering John Maxtone-Graham

Titanic-Freeboard Contact with the Iceberg -Pt. 2
By Eugene Nesmeyanov

International Ice Patrol Remembering Titanic 2015

S.S. Baltic (II) and Northern Light
A heroic rescue in a roaring December gale on the North Atlantic

Sea Poste; Snow depths in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in April; looking for information on Ms. Aubert; the only know film of Titanic; was “Pavlova Mion” served on Titanic? A cast iron plaque, “The Majestic” syncronicity with a rainbow and music from Titanic; wood from Olympic for a charity; looking for a name on an Olympic passenger list

Titanic People, Unique Biographies; Selected books and great reading from the Titanic Museum Store

Covers: Sidney Daniels spent most of his life working onboard Olympic, his favorite ship. Front: White Star Line Triple Screw S.S. Olympic The Largest British Steamer by maritime artist, Fred Pansing. Back: Ken Marschall painted Olympic sailing into the sunset for Ed Kamuda.

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