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Friday, March 16, 2012

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing: Titanic Calling

New title from Bodleian Library Publishing: Titanic CallingDrawing on the unique Titanic collection in the Marconi Archives, held in the Bodleian Library, a new book tells the compelling story of the well-known tragedy from an original angle. With complete transcripts of the distress messages, Titanic Calling vividly brings to life the voices of the individuals in this drama, retelling the legendary story as it was first heard. The narrative begins with warnings of ice, including several which reported large icebergs unusually far south and alarmingly close to the Titanic's course, just hours before the fatal collision:

In Lat 42.6 and Long 49.43 W met with extensive field ice and sighted seven bergs of considerable sizes on both sides of track – SS Pisa

The story follows Jack Phillips, the senior wireless operator on board RMS Titanic, as he begins sending the 'CQD' Marconi distress signal late on the night of April 14th:

CQD Position 41.46 N 50.14 W require assistance struck iceberg – RMS Titanic

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