IN THIS ISSUE
In reflecting on events related to RMS Titanic and the Titanic Historical Society in this 50th anniversary year, two articles in this issue show how much has changed––one is how and why the Titanic Historical Society began 50 years ago, Titanic Historical Society: The Idea, Foundation and Founding; its influence on people worldwide and what is happening in 2013–an incredible contrast.
Its mission, when it was formed in the Kamuda residence in 1963, with odds against it succeeding, was to remember and preserve the history of Titanic after learning that a survivor, a baker, had died alone and the apartment’s owner tossed out his Titanic mementos. The act of discarding history was the motivation that began what eventually became the Titanic Historical Society.
In the story, Titanic II Global Launch, Professor Clive Palmer, a successful entrepreneur from Australia, formally announced plans to build Titanic II. He is serious about his project because rather than seek investors as in past failed ventures, he is putting up his own money. A report on the activities in New York.
Since he left his home in Norway to visit his children in North Dakota, from England, John Nysveen had written “All is well” on a telegram to his wife. He intended to travel to the United States on S.S. Megantic but the ship did not sail because of a shortage of coal. Days passed––April 11, April 12, April 13, April 14––John Nysveen had disappeared––there was no sign of him. There was no reason to believe that John was on the Titanic, and the family thought that he had left on another ship before Titanic’s voyage. Also, his name was not on the passenger lists published in the newspapers. Unfortunately, Nysveen was on Titanic and Sergio Martinez Cotos does a remarkable job researching the biography of a forgotten Third-class passenger in the biographical piece: Johannes Hansen Nysveen: A Story of Life, Truth and Tragedy.
The story of The Collision of Doric II and Formigny by Peter Kohler, described an unpleasant coincidence for several of Doric’s passengers, the accident was the second sea accident interrupting the pleasure of an ocean cruise in twenty days. They had started out from the British Isles on the S.S. Laurentic which was in collision August 16 in the Irish Sea with S.S. Napier Star. They transferred to Doric and proceeded to their destination.
In Kohler’s other related story, The Collision of Laurentic II and Napier Star, suddenly emerging from a fogbank, Napier Star found herself bearing straight down on Laurentic. The two vessels collided at 2:32 a.m., 46 miles northwest of Mersey Bar. The summer of 1935 was more tough luck for the White Star Line.
Senan Molony’s, Robert Hichens in the Hungry Thirties, presents two newspaper articles based on apparent interviews with Titanic helmsman, Robert Hichens, that have come to light through research in Irish newspapers. They are of relevance to recurring claims that the former Quartermaster had a “great secret” to reveal about the calm but deadly night of April 14 -15, 1912. The first interview was published in the Leitrim Observer on Saturday, July 29, 1933. Its real significance may lie in mention at the end of an alleged officer suicide on the Titanic. This late assertion, which Hichens never made before, certainly not at the 1912 inquiries or in any public manner, marks out the former man at the wheel at the time of the iceberg impact as the most senior ranking crewman to subscribe to such an occurrence. You decide.
Note: This issue will be available after May 1, 2013
TITANIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Idea, Foundation and Founding
By Karen Kamuda
JOHANNES HANSEN NYSVEEN
A Story of Love, Life, Truth and Tragedy
By Sergio Martinez Cotos
THE COLLISION OF DORIC II AND FORMIGNY
By Peter Kohler
THE COLLISION OF LAURENTIC II AND NAPIER STAR
By Peter Kohler
TITANIC CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL GARDEN
AND WALKWAY DONORS
TITANIC II GLOBAL LAUNCH
By Ed and Karen Kamuda
THS 50th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION
Iitinerary and Registration
ROBERT HICHENS IN THE HUNGRY THIRTIES
By Senan Molony
Seeking appraisal about a photo of Titanic sailing past Cowes; looking for authenticity about a vase with a Titanic connection?; Alvin sails into the Titanic Museum: Another beautiful model by Jeff Alderman is donated to the facility. Norman Wilkinson’s Legacy Lives on at the Titanic Museum. Reproductions in full aspect ratio of “Plymouth Harbour” and “Approach of the New World” have been added to the displays.
The Band That Played On by Steve Turner and A Hymn for Eternity by Yvonne Carroll, reviewed by Tim Trower. The Titanic’s Last Hero by Moody Adams
A sampling of Titanic passengers and crew that have been featured in The Titanic Commutator.