This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of when the famous luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank about 390 nautical miles south of Newfoundland, with more than 1,500 crew members and passengers dying in a tragedy that has resonated throughout the years.
In The Telegram Friday, we have a special eight-page supplement on the Titanic that includes a series of articles and photos, current and archival, exploring local connections to the Titanic and how the 100-year-old disaster preoccupies us still. Here is a collection of our Titanic coverage. To get the full, printed impact of the supplement, click here.
- - December 31, 1969
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I agree completely. Reports of ice on the deck could have been ice off the rigging. The decks of the Titanic was some 80 feet above the surface and even the lookouts said it didn't appear to be that high. People not accustomed to ice will call pan ice "ice bergs," so once everyone else was saying iceberg, they just said the same thing. And Tim Matlin's investigations into cold water mirage prove that it would have been impossible to see the berg or ice because the horizon was artificially above where it was in actuality. Another documentary this week also determined that the large amount of slag in the rivets meant it took less than 10,000 lbs of pressure to pop them. Pan ice can do that. A berg would have torn the side off with millions of pounds of pressure. And finally, the damage found was exactly what you'd expect from pan ice...the "morse code" pattern down the side, not a gash. Good on you, Mr. Collins.