Sunday, April 15, 2012

100 Years Ago: Contact!

From very soon after the collision Titanic’s radio operator was sending out distress calls.  The new signal … --- … “SOS” in Morse code was used for the first time this night.

Finally they made contact!  Carpathia, a much smaller and slower ship than Titanic (and considerably farther away than Californian) radioed that they were steaming full speed ahead to come to their aid - at great risk to themselves since there was still ice in the area.

But they wouldn’t get there until around four o’clock the next morning.

Titanic couldn’t hold out that long.

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