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Latest Titanic News July 2012

Titanic Exhibit In San Diego(21 Jul 2012, OCRegister)

Museums around the world are marking the anniversary of the April 15, 1912, incident, made even more famous by the 1997 movie "Titanic." A major local commemoration is the virtual voyage at San Diego Natural History Museum. When you buy a $27 ticket aboard the Titanic, you are assigned the name of an actual 1912 passenger and walk through exhibit galleries that explain how Titanic came to be, some of the personalities aboard the vessel's celebrated maiden voyage, how she met her demise and how artifacts being salvaged from the ocean floor are keeping Titanic's legacy alive. You view some 200 artifacts, including passengers' personal belongings, raised from the deep. The exhibit runs through Sept. 9.

Clive Palmer reveals detailed plans for Titanic II(17 Jul 2012, Herald Sun)

The outspoken businessman said a casino would most probably be restricted to first class passengers only to ensure those who could not afford to lose money didn't. "There'll be some sort of screening (process)," Mr Palmer said. We'll be in international waters so we'll probably be able to stop pensioners coming without breaching any legislation." He said the replica of the ill-fated Titanic would feature a number of key differences including the addition of a "safety deck" with "proper lifeboats".

As Titanic's Discoverer Does Research At Sea, Armchair Explorers Can Watch Online(16 Jul 2012, Washington Post)

Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic in 1985, is a shipwreck-finding machine. Now you can watch his crew search for ancient wrecks through the eyes of the machines that do the real work. This summer, as Ballard and his exploration ship Nautilus sail the Black and Mediterranean seas, armchair explorers can watch online atwww.nautiluslive.org. As a rotating crew of 100 scientists and educators search for Byzantine-era ships and sample ocean life, live video from two remotely operated vehicles — the classically named Hercules and Argus — will take viewers to the seafloor in real time. Outfitted with a high-speed data link, the Nautilus is the only exploration ship in the world bringing the public along for the ride.

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Halifax Served As Final Port For Many Titanic Victims(15 Jul 2012, Nashua Telegraph)

We stood in a light misty rain at the bottom of a gentle rise at the upper end of the Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ahead of us, four rows of mostly identical gray granite markers curved inward to come to a point at the top of the rise. Our tour guide, a gentlemanly, kilt-wearing Scotsman named Doug, said the curve was deliberate, to indicate the prow of a ship. Each marker bears the date April 15, 1912, the date these 121 people died on the steamship Titanic. Each marker has a name, if known, and many aren’t, and a number that indicates the order in which the body was found. Since some bodies were so badly damaged that they were buried at sea and some were removed by family members, the numbers exceed the 149 buried in Halifax. Perhaps being there in the rain was appropriate: It’s a sad place, but a well-kept, revered spot.

Unsinkable Molly Brown's 145Th Birthday Shared With Community, Family(15 Jul 2o12, Denver Post)

It wasn't the woman in the white Victorian gown and satin gloves who drew the most looks at Molly Brown's 145th-birthday celebration Sunday but the woman in a red shirt and jeans — Brown's great-granddaughter. Helen Benziger, 61, joined the crowd celebrating her great-grandmother's birthday at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. "This is the most amazing thing that she could have dreamed of," Benziger said. "She would love it if she knew that this many people, a hundred years later, still came here and held her in such great esteem." The event included children's activities, tours of the home — saved from demolition in 1970 — historic presentations and cake.

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Premier Exhibitions 1Q Profit Up, Attendance Rises(12 Jul 2012, Businessweek)

Premier Exhibitions, known for its 'Bodies' shows and Titanic exhibit, posted a 9 percent jump in first-quarter net income as it held more events and operated on more days during the period. The Atlanta company earned $1.2 million, or 2 cents per share, for the three months ended May 31. That compares with $1.1 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 19 percent to $11.5 million from $9.7 million.

Washington Post Receives 'Adorable' Letter From Fifth Graders Correcting Mistake In Titanic Story(11 Jul 2012, Huffington Post)

After publishing an April roundup post of Titanic books, Washington Post contributing editor Dennis Drabelle received the most adorable correction ever from an unlikely source -- a fifth grade class from Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., Poynter reports. Drabelle had initially written that Titanic collided with the iceberg on April 15 -- something the youngsters refuted with an adorable correction written on a large letter. “Based on our research,” wrote Mrs. Reed’s fifth-grade class, “the Titanic hit the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.” Whoops!

Rare Titanic Rescuers' Medal Up For Auction(10 Jul 2012, This is Bath)

The medal is believed to be the rarest of its kind – only a few were made and the one being sold by auctioneers Aldridge & Sons in Wiltshire later this month is the most senior to be sold. It was given to the Carpathia’s second officer, James Bisset and is a gold medal of thanks – it’s only the second gold medal to be offered for sale anywhere in the world in the past 25 years. “It’s thought to be the most senior officer’s medal ever to go under the hammer,” said Andrew Aldridge, from the Devizes firm.

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Ready For A Titanic Feast?(9 Jul 2012, The Sunshine Coast Daily)

Food and wine lovers with a sense of history will be in their element from Monday July 30 to Sunday 5 August when the 'Titanic Culinary Journey' sets sail at Palmer Coolum Resort. The lavish menus from the world's most famous ship, the RMS Titanic, will be lovingly recreated by Palmer Coolum Resort's skilled chefs during a romantic culinary celebration that will encapsulate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort's sumptuous restaurants. While guests indulge their tastebuds from the delectable menus, imagery and entertainment will complete the experience by showcasing the extravagance that was so prevalent in maritime travel during early 1900s.

Memorial Plaque For Titanic Workers(7 Jul 2012, Belfast Telegraph)

A memorial plaque in tribute to eight shipyard workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Titanic has been unveiled. First Minister Peter Robinson unveiled the memorial erected outside the club rooms of Harland and Wolff Welders’ Football and Social Club in east Belfast.

New Exhibit Gives Residents Up Close Look At Titanic(7 Jul 2012, WACH)

The South Carolina State Museum has a new Titanic exhibit; which has been a popular one so far this summer. The exhibit includes over 100 artifacts found from the actual ship wreck; from dishes to clothing to purses; even beds. There is also a movie showcasing how it was built until it sank. Another unique feature is a fake iceberg for people to touch. It shows just how cold the water was that froze most of the passengers to death.

Titanic Discoverer Locates Turkish Pilots Shot Down By Syria(4 Jul 2012, Telegraph.co.uk)

The discovery of the two corpses on the seabed could help to settle an argument over whether the plane was shot down in international airspace or over Syrian territorial waters. Turkey recruited the services of Robert Ballard, a renowned oceanographer who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, to locate the remains of the F-4 Phantom and its two missing crew members. The bodies of Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksov were located by the MV Nautilus, an American deep-sea exploration vessel led by Mr Ballard. The boat is now attempting to retrieve the remains of the two men. The wreckage of the plane itself has yet to be found. Turkey will hope that its retrieval will boost its case that Syria shot the aircraft down deliberately and without warning in international airspace -- although it has acknowledged that the plane probably drifted into Syrian waters when it crashed.

Titanic Souvenirs And More At Old Museo Maritimo(3 Jul 2012, ABS CBN News)

Video of Titanic artifacts and related items at Old Museo Maritimo in Pasay City, Phillippines.

200,000 Titanic-related records are published online

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More than 200,000 records relating to the Titanic have been published online to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking on 15 April.

The documents provide information about survivors and the 1,500 people who died, including a number of wills and hundreds of coroner inquest files.

The collection has been gathered by the subscription-based family history website Ancestry.co.uk.

However, access to the Titanic records collection is free until 31 May 2012.

The Titanic, which was built in Belfast, sank in the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage to New York.

The records include the ship's official passenger list, which shows the names, ages and occupations of those on board the ill-fated liner.

It also details the nationalities, positions and addresses of the ship's crew which had more than 900 members.

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The last will and testament of Titanic's captain, Edward J Smith, is among the documents which can be accessed online.

Captain Edward John Smith The will of Edward John Smith is included in the online collection

The wills of wealthy American businessmen Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor can also be viewed on the site.

All three men lost their lives in the disaster.

Members of the public can search through more than 329 coroner inquest files and records of the 330 bodies that were recovered at sea.

Titanic: What really happened

National GeographicTHE sinking of the Titanic was one of the 20th century's great dramas, a mystery that has confounded scientists and historians for decades.

 New photos of the ship that sank 100 years ago on April 15, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, will be published in the April edition of National Geographic Magazine for the first time giving a sense of what the wreck looks like today.

The photographs, shot by independent research group Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, provide a greater understanding of what happened on that fateful day.

The photos are the by-product of a multi-million dollar, two-month expedition that used a number of different approaches to get never-before-seen views of the wrecked ship.

For much of August and September 2010, explorers used robotic vehicles to sweep the 5km-by-8km site, scanning images that were later combined to produce the first shot below.

Side-scan and multibeam sonar was used to store the minute details of the ship and to evaluate what has changed since previous exploratory expeditions.

During these sweeps, the robots stored "ribbons" of data, with the products of the repeated attempts then collected together and observed as a whole unit.

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80,000 Titanic Belfast Tickets Sold

Almost 80,000 tickets have been snapped up to tour the world's largest Titanic attraction when it opens in two weeks.

Operators of the £90 million Titanic Belfast, which has been built in the derelict shipyard where the ill-fated liner was constructed a century earlier, say they are delighted with the interest the centre has generated.

They have also revealed that their banqueting suite, which is themed on the White Star Line's first class dining facilities, has already had almost 200 bookings, representing £1 million of business.

After three years in construction - the same time it took to complete the Titanic - the eye-catching building, already an icon on the Belfast skyline, is on course to open on schedule, ahead of April's centenary of the sinking.

As workers add the finishing touches to the six-storey venue, which at 90 feet is the same height as the Titanic's bow, the owners have given a sneak preview of what waits in store for visitors on opening day on March 31.

The centre, which hopes to attract 425,000 visitors in its first year, tells the story of the Titanic through nine separate galleries, each devoted to a different aspect of the tragedy.

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'Titanic' pier in Cobh could collapse if funding not found for preservation

A RANGE of events is being organised in Cobh this year to mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic , but one of the most tangible links between the town and the historic ship is in danger of being lost.

A 19th century wooden pier in Cobh, formerly Queenstown, where 123 passengers boarded tenders taking them to the Titanic , is in a perilous state and some experts are warning that unless funding is provided the pier is likely to collapse.

Some uncertainty remains over the ownership of the pier, known locally as the Heartbreak or White Star Line pier, which was used by generations of emigrants who left Ireland from Cobh.

While the nearby White Star Line office has been renovated and turned into a visitor attraction, uncertainty remains over the future of the wooden pier.

Maritime historian Vincent McMahon says the pier is hugely significant in historical terms. “In the past, tenders always carried passengers from this pier out to large liners.

“Passengers went through the office, now the Titanic Experience, walked onto the pier and then got on to tenders and were brought out to their ships.” Mr McMahon says Cobh has been slow to preserve such an important aspect of its maritime past.

“I can never understand how this wasn’t top of the agenda for years. In Belfast they are restoring everything they can in relation to the Titanic. 

“There has been uncertainty in Cobh over whether or not the pier belonged to the White Star Line building, or to the shipping lanes. Nobody has been able to prove who owns it,” he says.

“I feel it should be retained or restored in some way, bearing in mind that in 1912 the last passenger to board the Titanic walked out over those wooden planks.”

Marc Anderson, project director of Titanic 100 Cobh, which is planning a series of commemorative events, says: “I believe that pier should be protected. I know some persons are looking into it, but as far as I know it is currently at a stalemate.

“It is a very important piece of Titanic history and a very important piece of Cobh history and it shouldn’t just be allowed fall into the water.”

At present, the pier is not on the register of protected structures and Cobh Town Council says it has no funding available to carry out any works to the pier, which could cost upwards of €350,000.

Town clerk Pádraig Lynch says the council is looking at what funding options are available.

Titanic Artifacts Set for Auction in 2012, 100 Years After Shipwreck

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The largest collection of artifacts from the Titanic – the famous “unsinkable” ship that did just that in 1912 and went on to inspire the movie that was, until recently, the number one grossing movie of all time –  will be up for auction in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the original shipwreck.

According to the Associated Press, there are more than 5,500 items in the collection owned by RMS Titanic Inc. The collection includes fine china, ship fittings, and portions of its hull – with an estimated value of $189 million.

The auction will be held on April 1  at Guernsey’s, a New York City auction house. But the results won’t be announced until April 15 – exactly 100 years to the day after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.

More than 1,500 of the 2,228 people on board died when the Titanic struck an iceberg, causing the ship’s descent to the bottom of the ocean.

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