The Titanic Commutator Issue 226


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Commutator No. 226, Summer 2nd Quarter
Membership Year 2019

THS Commutator 226 back cover Olympic departing New York circa 1934


Covering the News of the Titanic Disaster
The Springfield Union (MA) was the only paper in that city that had a staff reporter in New York to cover the story. Never before in modern times has there been a news happening of such interest. Every newspaper in the whole civilized world was awaiting word of the sinking of the vessel.
By John W. Colton

Remembering THS member Dave Bryceson. Transition-THS’s future

The Preservation Idea and the Formation of the Titanic Historical Society
Ed’s inspiration began by reading a 1936 story about the Titanic in Jr. High. For years he read and collected what he could find. One of Titanic’s crew (or at least he was believed to be), Walter Belford, lived alone in a small apartment in New York, passed away. His landlady tossed out his Titanic mementoes. Ed was stunned at her apparent insensitiveness. For more than a decade he had been looking high and low for Titanic material and she simply threw it away. He promised “…from that moment on I would do everything in my power to form a group that would preserve these precious artifacts and mementoes for future generations.”
By Karen Kamuda

Titanic’s Anchors
In the mid-1980s, Mr. W. G. Edwards of Highfield Road, Dudley was the sole survivor of that great gang of Black Country craftsmen who fashioned Titanic’s anchors and chains at Messrs. Noah Hingley and Sons, Ltd. in Netherton.
Thanks to the late John Coley

Katie Gilnaugh Manning-Recollections of Leaving Queenstown and the Titanic Disaster
Early Wednesday, we went on to Queenstown. Early the next day, Thursday, Katie, Jim, David and Kate went down to the quay where the tender awaited that was to take them to the Titanic anchored out in the harbor.
All I can remember is, as we were nearing the ship, I was impressed by its size. The two tenders, Ireland and America, began their journey to the lower harbor, laden with 143 passengers and 1,385 sacks of mail.
From Ed Kamuda’s Files

What Happened to Naronic?
To this day, no one knows what happened to White Star’s Naronic––it is one of the mysteries of the sea––the ship disappeared without a trace like the unfortunates succumbing to the Bermuda Triangle. There was plenty of conjecture from all quarters when dispatches came in March and April of 1893 about the ship being overdue.
From Ed Kamuda’s Files

A History of Two Sisterships Pennland and Westernland
A look into the lives of two former White Star vessels (Regina and Pittsburgh) and their service during WWII and peacetime.
By Jerry N. J. Vondeling

Front and Back Covers:  Both front and back are from a large format 4X6 negative contributed by Stephen Card. Front cover is a close up of Olympic. Back cover shows the complete image of Olympic departing New York circa 1934.  Also shown are Aquitania, Leviathan and Paris.

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 0.25 in