Sinking of the RMS Titanic: 100-Year Anniversary in the News

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March 9, 2012

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– above: photo from a friend who sampled ICEBERG from Titanic Brewery in England –

As we approach the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, your humble author has noticed a good amount of Titanic-related news on the web this week.  Included below, a sampling — in no particular order.

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Images of sunken Titanic released for first time

Kirk Wolfinger, top left, Rushmore DeNooyer, and Tony Bacon of the Lone Wolf Documentary Group, pose at an editing station Thursday, March 8, 2010, in South Portland, Maine.

The editors are putting the final touches on a History Channel documentary about the mapping of the 3-by-5-mile debris field of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Did the Moon Conspire to Bring Down the Titanic?

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It will be 100 years next month since its tragic sinking on April 14, 1912, but the Titanic continues to haunt us and definitely still has the mojo to get people buzzing. The latest news comes courtesy of the April 2012 issue of Sky & Telescope, in which our favorite “forensic astronomer,” Texas State University, San Marcos’ Donald Olson, presents his hypothesis on how the moon might have contributed to the ocean liner’s demise…

So what does the moon have to with all this? It all comes down to tides and the moon’s influence thereof. Specifically, on Jan. 4, 1912, there was a rare alignment of the moon and sun, such that the two bodies’ gravitational pulls added together to produce a “spring tide” — abnormally high tides.

It’s a hypothesis first predicted by the late oceanographer Fergus J. Wood, according to the TSU press release; Olson and his team finally determined how this might have come about. Specifically, the moon was at its closet to the Earth in some 1,400 years (the perigee), an effect that was exacerbated because the Earth had also been at its closest approach to the sun the day before.

Olson figured it wouldn’t be helpful to check to see if the higher tides led to more glacial caving in Greenland, the source of most of the icebergs in that region. The icebergs needed time to float down to the shipping lanes and get in the direct path of the Titanic…

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Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us
By Andrew Wilson

As the Carpathia sailed into New York—on the stormy night of Thursday, April 18—it was surrounded by a mass of tiny vessels, all chartered by news corporations desperate to break what would be one of the biggest stories of modern times. From their tugs, reporters shouted through megaphones offering terrific sums of money for information and exclusives, but Captain Rostron said he would shoot any pressmen who dared venture aboard his ship.

However, one of his original passengers, Carlos F. Hurd, was a veteran journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and over the course of the past four days he had spoken to many survivors, amassing enough information for a 5,000-word story. Hurd’s only problem was how to get the report off the ship.

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imagePints and Pubs; from beer to eternity; Titanic Brewery

I recently had a drop of Titanic Iceberg at The Shroppie Fly, on the banks of the Shropshire Canal at Audlem. A fantastic canal-side pub, with half of a barge forming the bar, and a fantastic beer 4.1%, bubbling with cascade hoppiness…

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rt: Brewery boss Keith Bott

Managing director Keith Bott bought Titanic with his brother Dave from the receivers in 1988.

imageIt now employs 20 people at Callender Place and a further 130 at its six North Staffordshire pubs. Production has risen from just seven barrels a week to around 2.3 million pints of beer a year.

“In the last three years our workforce has gone from 30 or 40 to 150, and we’ve taken on three more people at the brewery this year.”

Keith bought Titanic Brewery at the age of 21, having worked for the previous owner, John Pazio.

As recently as 2007, Titanic had just one pub but has now opened its sixth, the Roebuck Hotel in Leek. Its other venues are the Bulls Head, in Burslem, the Greyhound, in Newcastle, the White Star, in Stoke, the Royal Exchange, in Stone, and the Sun Inn, Stafford.

more on This is Stafforshire

Titanic Brewery on wikipedia

Titanic Brewery at Stoke-on-Trent (website)

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left: MARCO POLO – Orient Lines — right: BALMORAL (Fred Olsen Line)

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has a post about some special events planned to commemorate the anniversary

For the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS TITANIC various things are planned:

– A cruise of the passenger ship BALMORAL of the company Fred Olsen Line from Southampton will make 100 years after the wreck exactly the same route

– At the same moment another cruise will take place aboard the passenger ship MARCO POLO of the company Orient Lines leaving Tilbury (London) for Southampton, Liverpool and Belfast

– Without forgetting the opening to the Museum Cité_de_ la_ Mer in Cherbourg of a new space dedicated to ” RMS TITANIC ” and to transatlantic migrants….

– The movie ” Titanic ” made by James Cameron who knew an exceptional world success is going to be on screen again in 3D for the anniversary of the sinking…

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Titanic has just left Southampton and is sailing in front of Isle of Wight – 1912 april 8th

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Titanic enters port of Cherbourg 1912 april 8th

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House flag, White Star Line; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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