The sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in April 15, 1912, is one of those historical events that has always captured the imagination of researchers and the general public alike. Drama, pathos, cowardice, heroism and self-sacrifice -- all are vital parts of the story of the greatest tragedy to have taken place at sea up to that time.
El hundimiento del transatlántico Titanic el 15 de abril de 1912 es uno de esos acontecimientos históricos que siempre ha capturado la imaginación de los investigadores y del público en general. Drama, destino (pathos), cobardía, heroísmo y abnegación - todos son partes sustantivas de la historia de la mayor tragedia que había tenido lugar en el mar hasta ese momento.
Pero las leyendas a veces se convierten en parte de la saga del Titanic, y muchas de estas leyendas han surgido únicamente porque el público no ha tenido fácil acceso a información precisa y bien documentada sobre la tragedia. Abundan los libros sobre el Titanic, pero - en cierto sentido - estos libros sirven como "filtros" de las fuentes históricas primarias y ponen al lector un paso "más lejos" de aquellas personas que en realidad experimentaron personalmente el desastre del Titanic. Aunque muchos de los sobrevivientes del Titanic testificaron sus experiencias en las dos investigaciones del gobierno que se realizaron después de la catástrofe, las transcripciones de estas dos investigaciones nunca fueron puestas a disposición del público general y se han vuelto cada vez más difícil para los investigadores obtenerlas con el paso de los años.
Un grupo pequeño y desinteresado de serios investigadores del Titanic ha hecho recientemente un increíble esfuerzo para transcribir la totalidad de los textos del Senado británico y los documentos de British Titanic Inquiries - cada uno de más de mil páginas - y ha publicado las transcripciones en este sitio web para el beneficio de los aficionados al Titanic de todo el mundo. Estos investigadores no han cosechado ninguna recompensa financiera por sus esfuerzos autoimpuestos y han tenido en cuenta únicamente el interés de hacer accesibles documentos difíciles de encontrar con la información histórica para todos los que pudieran desear verlos.
Monte Clemens, Michigan.
Es para mí un gran placer consignar los nombres de estos investigadores
Bob Bonnell - CAN
Earl Chapman - CAN
Mike Disabato - US
Vera & John Gillespie - US
Linda Greaves - US
Jane Hilbert - US
Robert Ottmers - US
Stuart Partridge - UK
Marilyn Powell - US
Susie Powell - US
Parks Stephenson - US
Bruce Trinque - US
Bill Wormstedt - US
Documentary: Titanic Mystery Solved /// 02/07/2014 As the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking approaches, a team of scientists, engineers, archaeologists and imaging experts have joined forces to answer one of the most haunting questions surrounding the legendary disaster: Just how did the "unsinkable" ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters of the North Atlantic? - Written by History Channel
The sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in 1912 is one of those historical events that has always captured the imagination of researchers and the general public alike. Drama, pathos, cowardice, heroism and self-sacrifice -- all are vital parts of the story of the greatest tragedy to have taken place at sea up to that time.
But legends have sometimes become part of the Titanic saga, too, and many of these legends have arisen solely because the public has not had easy access to accurate, well-documented information about the tragedy. Books about the Titanic abound, but -- in a sense -- these books serve as "filters" of primary historical sources and put the reader one step "further away" from those people who actually experienced the Titanic disaster themselves. Although many Titanic survivors did testify about their experiences at the two government inquiries that were conducted after the disaster, the transcripts of these two inquiries were never commonly available to the general public and have become increasingly difficult for researchers to obtain as the years go by.
A small and selfless group of serious Titanic researchers has recently gone to the incredible effort of transcribing the entire texts of the Senate and the British Titanic Inquiries -- each of which is over a thousand pages long -- and has graciously seen fit to post those transcripts on this website for the benefit of Titanic buffs everywhere. These researchers have reaped no financial reward for their self-imposed efforts and have undertaken this project solely in the interest of making hard-to-find historical information available to everyone who might wish to see it.
It gives me great pleasure to make the names of these researchers known to you:
- Bob Bonnell - CAN
- Earl Chapman - CAN
- Mike Disabato - US
- Vera & John Gillespie - US
- Linda Greaves - US
- Jane Hilbert - US
- Robert Ottmers - US
- Stuart Partridge - UK
- Marilyn Powell - US
- Susie Powell - US
- Parks Stephenson - US
- Bruce Trinque - US
- Bill Wormstedt - US
The above-named men and women who so unselfishly transcribed thousands of pages of inquiry testimony deserve the sincere gratitude of Titanic researchers the world over. I hope you'll join me in honoring them for their efforts.
Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
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There are so many Titanic links available on the net these days. We would like to share with you some sites that stand out in terms of their content. These sites offer very informative, and in cases, very unique content.
Dave's site delves into the disaster from a navigation perspective. It includes a reassessment of the "Carpathia" legend, a possible explanation of the incorrect SOS position and lot of information on the way "Titanic" was navigated. There is also a pretty comprehensive summary of the radio side of the tale and information about the terminology and practices of the time.
Bill's site encompasses several articles that detail aspects of the disaster. These include: Analysis of Bodies recovered from the wrecksite; Historical Accuracy of the James Cameron movie; and "The Lifeboats of the Titanic."
Phil Hind's site provides an extensive public resource for information on passengers and crew members. The site incorporates data that is compiled and amassed from all parts of the world.
George Behe's site brings to light several little-known issues that tend to be overlooked by other historians.
Jeff Newman and Mark Baber present an excellent site detailing the histories of many ships of various shipping lines.
An interactive online project from the Marconi Company, site includes extensive Titanic related material held in the Marconi archive and tells the story of how wireless played such an important part in saving so many lives.
Parks Stephenson's website provides articles dealing with the technical aspect of Titanic and the disaster.
Dave Billnitzer's site provides very informative information concerning the Leyland liner, Californian, and her role in the Titanic disaster.
Information on the Halifax Titanic graves, with image and information links.
Glenn Dunstan's site presents the numerous Marconi Radio messages that were sent and received concerning the Titanic.
For anyone interested in modelling the Titanic, this is one of the best reference sites out there.
Andrew Clarkson's website is a nice general information site with a wealth of information available. As well the site has a very active message board.
Recently placed online are a number of documents relating to the recovery of bodies and effects following the Titanic disaster.