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History in the News: Titanic

History in the News: Titanic

The 100th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster on April 15th resulted in a flood of commemorations and special events. From the 3D version of James Cameron’s record breaking Titanic being released in theaters to the dedication of a new museum in Belfast to a sold out special cruise retracing the exact path of the doomed liner, the amount of material shows the public fascination with the disaster still holds strong.

One of the more intriguing offerings is an 18 minute program from the BBC show “In Their Own Words” which used a computer synthesizer to convert to spoken words the Morse code messages sent out by Titanic and other ships in the area on the night of the disaster. It’s an intriguing way to view the disaster as the messages, read by computer without inflection or emotion, play out the last hours of the ship as operators in 1912 would have heard it.

While its available, listen here: Titanic: In Their Own Words

History in the News: Rare Photos

History in the News: Rare Photos

Two sets of rare photos have recently popped up on the news. The first is a collection of little known photographs from the rescue efforts the morning after the Titanic disaster. The pictures depict Titanic’s lifeboats at sea, the icy waters where the ship went down, some of the survivors themselves and the S.S. Californian, one of the vessels that arrived to rescue survivors. The photos were part of a collection of over 100 items that included letters and other items. The set went under the auctioneer’s gavel on October 22nd 2011 and sold for $100570.

The second group of photos are also from an ill fated journey. In 1911 Robert Falcon Scott undertook an expedition to reach the South Pole. While he and his team eventually made it to their goal, they were beaten to the Pole by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and died attempting to return to base camp. The photos are being published in a new book entitled “The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott.”

See a selection of the Titanic photos at :: Yahoo Titanic Slide Show

Read a news story about the Titanic photos at :: Titanic news story/

Some of the Scott photos are at :: Yahoo Scott photos