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PostPosted: March 18th, 2012, 6:57 pm 
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There is a very interesting cover story in the April Sky & Telescope, arguing that the Titanic may have been doomed not only by human error but by astronomical coincidence. January of 1912 saw a convergence of a spring tide, a perigean tide and perihelion (which, of course, occurs the first week in January). This may have induced greater stress on those parts of glaciers at which icebergs calve, or break off. A direct quote...
On [4 January 1912] the total tide-raising force, combining both lunar and solar effects, was 74% stronger than that of the Moon at its mean distance from Earth.

This main argument comes from Fergus Wood, while the authors of the article vary his theory slightly, stating that it was the close proximity of spring tide in perigean tide in December 1911, January 1912 and February 1912 which contributed to the excess of icebergs.

The article:
April 2012 Sky & Telescope, pp. 34-39.

Titanic Anniversary info:
http://www.titanic1.org/
http://www.history.com/news/2012/03/08/first-map-of-entire-titanic-wreck-site-sheds-new-light-on-disaster/

The Titanic Inquiry Project apparently pools together electronic copies of major sworn testimonies:
http://www.titanicinquiry.org/


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2012, 6:03 pm 
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Here are shows on Titanic that will soon air:
"Iceberg That Sank the Titanic" Friday 2pm & Sat 11pm on LPB2
"Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard" April 9th, 9pm on Nat Geo
"Saving the Titanic" April 11th, 10pm on PBS
"Titanic: Ballard's Secret Mission" April 14th, 6pm on Nat Geo
"Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron" April 15th, 7pm on Nat Geo

PBS is running Titanic Stuff almost constantly between now and the anniversary.

This is all I can find right now. I'll post more as I find them if people are interested.


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PostPosted: April 9th, 2012, 6:00 pm 
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The DX Awards website run by K1BV is reporting a short-term ham radio award to commemorate the sinking and to honor Titanic wireless operator Jack Philips, who perished during the tragedy. The second courageous operator, Harold McBride, survived. Hams can work toward the award during the month of April.

Three special European calls are available during the month--OO100MGY, OR100MGY and OT100MGY. MGY was the Titanic's call sign.

From 7am Saturday, 14 April to 11am Sunday, 15 April (Baton Rouge time) all three stations will be transmitting.

More information at:
http://www.dxawards.com/REALSHORT.htm#TITANIC


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2012, 1:23 am 
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It is very good that we still remember the tragedy and think about it. It should be good example for today's sailors for not to make any mistake.

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PostPosted: April 20th, 2012, 3:37 am 
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I was able to see large portions of a Titanic documentary on the History Channel this past weekend. A scientific team meeting at Woods Hole reverse-engineered the sinking and concluded that the Titanic was a quite sturdy ship that succumbed to forces no vessel could withstand. The men even speculated, based on tear patterns and the location of debris on the ocean floor, that for at least a few seconds after the ship's breaking in half, the stern (though underwater) remained attached to the bow via the reinforced double bottom!


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PostPosted: March 26th, 2013, 6:21 pm 
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We now know that the discovery of the Titanic wreckage by oceanographer Robert Ballard and his colleagues came at the tail end of a successful search for the wreckage of two nuclear submarines--the Thresher and the Scorpion. The United States Navy was concerned about the likelihood of the nuclear reactors having been breached. Then-Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare Ronald Thunman told Ballard the search for the subs came first, but if time was left Ballard could do what he wanted. The search for the submarines gave Ballard valuable insight into the behavior of a sinking debris field, which helped him find the Titanic.

More information:
National Geographic's Tales of the Weird, pp. 200-202.


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PostPosted: March 21st, 2017, 6:38 pm 
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Five years have passed. I asked Amy if she was interested in a second offering of the Titanic presentation and she said she was. The "Titanic 105th Anniversary" talk will take place at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday 7 April at 7:30pm. The talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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