1. A Night to Remember (Eclair Journal, 1959). French movie poster

    Starring Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Anthony Bushell, John Cairney, Jill Dixon, Jane Downs, James Dyrenforth, Michael Goodliffe, David McCallum, Sean Connery, and Bernard Fox. Directed by Roy Ward Baker.

  2. Stamp Comics, Inc. Classic cover telling the story of the ill-fated Dorchester and the loss of four chaplains

    USAT Dorchester  was a United States Army Transport ship that was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat on February 3, 1943, during World War II. It was sailing to Greenland as part of a naval convoy.

    The loss of the ship became especially famous because of the story of the death of four Army chaplains, known as the “Four Chaplains” or the “Immortal Chaplains,” who all gave away their life jackets to save others before they died.


  6. Zeebrugge Memorial, the Raid, and the Herald of Free Enterprise

    An un-mailed postcard by Albert (phototype A. Dohmen, Bruxelles) entitled The Memorial of the Block-ships.

    Zeebrugge Harbour was the site of the Zeebrugge Raid on the 23rd. April 1918, when the British Navy put the German Inland base at Bruges out of action.

    -Original (4632 x 7044)

    - Wrecks of British cruisers after the Zeebrugge raid, April 1918. Taken from the book: Der Weltkrieg 1914-1918 in seiner rauhen Wirklichkeit. “Das Frontkämpferwerk”, Munich, ca. 1925 -

  7. (Source: , via kurhaus)

  8. Maritime Monday for April 16, 2012: Asleep in the Deep

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    Gavin Bryars – Opening Part I – The Sinking of The Titanic

    (click link above to listen) Richard Gavin Bryars (born 16 January 1943) is an English composer and double bassist. He has been active in, or has produced works in, a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, historicism, experimental music, avant-garde and neoclassicism.

    Bryars’s first works as a composer owe much to the New York School of John Cage (with whom he briefly studied), Morton Feldman, Earle Brown and minimalism. One of his earliest pieces, The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), is an indeterminist work which allows the performers to take a number of sound sources related to the sinking of the RMS Titanic and make them into a piece of music.  The first recording of this piece appeared on Brian Eno‘s Obscure Records in 1975. The 1994 recording of this piece was remixed by Aphex Twin as Raising the Titanic (later collected on the 26 Mixes for Cash album).

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    * Go log into itunes or Amazon or whatever musical teet-from-which-you-suck and download this.  It’s cool and will impress the chicks.

  9. - Asleep in the Deep -

    Words by Arthur J Lamb
    Music by HW Petrie

    c. 1897


    On a stormy night, the lighthouse bell can be heard; on a ship are two lovers, unaware of the danger they face; the following day the sun shines, the wreckage lies on the shore, and the two lovers now rest in peace.

  10. The bow of the Prestige oil tanker floats above water moments before sinking in waters off northern Spain November 19, 2002.

    The tanker broke into two earlier in the day. The Prestige went down with some 70,000 tonnes of fuel oil.

    REUTERS/Paul Hanna

    A group of soldiers form a line to clean up fuel oil spilled from the Prestige oil tanker near the coastal town of Muxia on Spain’s devastated North West Atlantic coast on January 27, 2003. The aging, single-hulled tanker foundered off the coast of Galicia in November 2002 with 77,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil on board, causing Spain’s worst ever ecological disaster, contaminating hundreds of miles of coast and putting thousands of fishermen out of work.

    REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  12. Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic

    Theodore Dreiser

    The novelist, then 40, considered returning from his first European holiday aboard the Titanic; an English publisher talked him out of the plan, persuading the writer that taking another ship would be less expensive.

    Dreiser was at sea aboard the liner Kroonland when he heard the news. He recalled his reaction the following year in his memoir, A Traveler at Forty: “To think of a ship as immense as the Titanic, new and bright, sinking in endless fathoms of water. And the two thousand passengers routed like rats from their berths only to float helplessly in miles of water, praying and crying!”

    Guglielmo Marconi

    The Italian inventor, wireless telegraphy pioneer and winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics was offered free passage on Titanic but had taken the Lusitania three days earlier.

    Although Marconi was later grilled by a Senate committee over allegations that his company’s wireless operators had withheld news from the public in order to sell information to the New York Times, he emerged from the disaster as one of its heroes, his invention credited with saving more than 700 lives.

    Three years later, Marconi would narrowly escape another famous maritime disaster. He was on board the Lusitania in April 1915 on the voyage immediately before it was sunk by a German U-boat in May.

    Many families on both sides of the Atlantic have stories of relatives who might have been aboard the Titanic but, fortunately for future generations, missed the boat. Though only a small percentage of such tales may have much basis in reality, they are part of a long tradition.

    In fact, within days of the disaster, newspapers were already remarking on the phenomenon. “‘JUST MISSED IT’ CLUB FORMED WITH 6,904 MEMBERS” Michigan’s Sault Ste. Marie Evening News headlined an April 20, 1912 story, five days after the sinking. Later it quoted one Percival Slathersome, a presumably fictional artist, as saying, “I count it lucky that I didn’t have the price to go abroad this year. If all of us who ‘just missed it’ had got aboard the Titanic she would have sunk at the Liverpool dock from the overload.”

    By the time Ohio’s Lima Daily News weighed in, on April 26, the club seems to have grown considerably. “Up to the present time the count shows that just 118,337 people escaped death because they missed the Titanic or changed their minds a moment before sailing time,” the newspaper observed…

    - See full article on Smithsonian -

  13. RMS Republic was a steam-powered ocean liner built in 1903 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, and lost at sea in a collision with SS Florida six years later while sailing for the White Star Line. A CQD distress call was issued on the new Marconi radio device, the first recorded, resulting in the saving of around 1200 lives. At the time, she was one of the largest and most luxurious liners afloat, though she was designed more for safety and sturdiness rather than beauty.

    The wreck of the Republic was found by Captain Martin Bayerle in 1981. She lies upright approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Nantucket Island.

    more on wikipedia


  14. This is the newsreel that ran after the Titanic sank in 1912

    To commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, British Pathe has released the original newsreel that ran following the maritime disaster (the music is a new addition). Witness survivors arriving in New York City and long-distance radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi receiving accolades for inventing such a life-saving device.

    You can find further footage from the aftermath at the British Pathe’s archives.

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  15. The Titanic: What Made It Sink

    not sure there’s anything new there, but, ‘tis the season.

    on Discovery News