Published in commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of
the "Titanic"'s sinking, this book tells the story of that fateful
night from an unusual angle: through the many wireless
communications sent to and from the land stations and the ships
involved as the tragic events unfolded.Drawing on the extensive
record of wireless transmissions in the Marconi Archives, "Titanic
Calling" recounts this legendary story the way it was first heard,
beginning with repeated warnings--just hours before the
collision--of several large icebergs unusually far south and
alarmingly close to the "Titanic"'s course. The story follows
senior operator Jack Phillips as he sends distress messages to
nearby ships and shows how these urgent calls for help were
received and rapidly relayed across the Atlantic in a desperate
attempt to save the lives of the "Titanic"'s passengers and crew.
Finally, the distant SS "Virginian" receives the "Titanic"'s final,
broken message. The story concludes with the rescue of the
fortunate survivors, who radio messages to loved ones from aboard
the RMS "Carpathia "while safely on their way to New York.
Illustrated throughout with photographs of the messages and
including full transcripts of original material, the book also
features an introduction to the development of maritime wireless
communications and a discussion of the Marconi Archives's "Titanic
"collection. The forced brevity of the messages lends the narrative
a startling sense of immediacy and brings to life to the voices of
the individuals involved.
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