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Titanic distress telegram to be auctioned.

Postby m0lsx » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:33 am

A distress telegram sent out by the Titanic has been discovered 103 years after the world's most famous ship sunk in the cold waters of the Atlantic. It was sent frantically seeking help after the luxury cruiser hit an iceberg, and throws open the possibility that the owners of the ship were aware of the disaster as it unfolded.

Placed on auction by a collector of antique radio and telegraph equipment in Dallas, the telegram reads: "To Mr. P.A. Franklin, White Star Steamship Co. 9 Broadway, NYC. CQD, CQD SOS SOS= From MGY (RMS Titanic)= We Have Struck Iceberg= Sinking Fast= Come to our Assistance= Position: Lat 41.46 N.= Lon 50.14 W. MGY."

It is expected to fetch around $40,000 (27,000 pounds) in the auction.


It is believed that the telegram was part of a series of 15 sent out by Marconi operators aboard the Titanic on the night of April 14, 1912. Among the distress messages were those to the United States Postal Service and British Royal Mail warning that the mails it carried would not be delivered.

Philip Franklin, the boss of shipping company White Star Line, swore on oath during the enquiry that he had not received "a word or communication of any kind or description" from the ship after it had hit the iceberg.

It was only later, Franklin said, that he heard news of the Titanic's sinking when Bruce Ismay, general manager of White Star Line, who had been on board, was rescued and brought to safety along with 700 others by the RMS Carpathia. It is not clear if the newly-discovered telegram reached Franklin in time.
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Re: Titanic distress telegram to be auctioned.

Postby G4RMT » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:45 am

Seems very odd, because let's face it, that message would have been repeated over and over again, as telegraphy both radio and cable, in those days relied on humans - so retranscribing was common. Far too many people would have read the message, and people leave a trail. I didn't receive it would make the delivery boy's eyes go up? the person who gave the message to the boy would not want blame either, and so on. The fact it's a telegram, and printed proves it got to the shore doesn't it. For it not to get the the right person could simply be that it got lost in the building and a million other reasons. An old mystery, made even more mysterious. Oddly, if I remember my old Post Office rules on telegrams, making the content of a telegram known to other than the recipient was actually an offence here, and still is, I think!

So - if that is the original telegram which the person never received, then the person selling it is therefore a criminal? I suspect my imagination has spread a bit!

On a sensible point, I was always told that the Titanic message was the first use of the new international SOS, to replace CQD which preceded it, but this message shows both. That is an interesting historic fact.
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Re: Titanic distress telegram to be auctioned.

Postby m0lsx » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:30 pm

One of the many strange but true facts about the Titanic is that when the British survivors were returned to the UK, they were all interviewed by British intelligence. There has never been any denial of the fact, or any suggestion that it was anything but an interview.
Another is, she (the Titanic) passed her sea trials with a fire on board.
Another is that most of the photo's of the Titanic are not in reality the Titanic but her sister ship, as she was on her first voyage & had only been officially delivered to white star line hours before she left on that voyage. So rushed was her departure that many of the crew on board were the crew who delivered her & who did her sea trials.
So another weird but true fact will not harm the story one little bit.
As I understand the White Star story. The allegation was they never sent a message directly to us, thus we never heard anything.
Also looking at the telegram it mixes both the Marconi distress call CQD & the very new internationally accepted distress signal SOS. The Titanic was equipped with Marconi equipment & radio officers & she was using the Marconi callsign MCY, although originally she held the callsign MUC. The M denoting Marconi. She is known not to have used SOS until half an hour after the first distress signal & in no distress signal is she known to have said sinking fast, just sinking & please come quick.
There are a number of known messages from MGY between 12.15am when La Provence and Frankfurt receive Titanic's first distress (CQD) signals & 2.17 when the vessel Virginian hears the Titanic call CQ. "Titanic's signals end very abruptly as (if) power suddenly switched off. His spark rather blurred or ragged..."
But the telegram is until now not known about.
Incidentally, both junior radio office Bride & Senior radio officer Jack Philips remained at post until 3 minutes before the Titanic went below the waves. Despite being relived prior to that by the Titanics Captain. Harold Bride said that as they left the radio room they could hear water entering the wheel house.
Both radio officers got off the Titanic alive but Jack Philips died of hypothermia.
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Re: Titanic distress telegram to be auctioned.

Postby m0lsx » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:41 pm

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Based on 450 recently discovered wireless messages, and two years of the author's research, many searching questions arise from this new appraisal of the Titanic disaster. This book provides an on the spot account of the enfolding tragedy, from cheery passengers in the days before, to ice-warnings, and calls for help from the stricken liner, and finally messages of hope and despair.
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