Titanic Historical Society Commutator 231
THS Commutator No. 231, Fall 4th Quarter
Membership Year 2020
THS BRANSON Convention, Sept. 16 – 19, 2021, Branson, Missouri
The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, 200 East Main Street, Branson MO 65616 will be our headquarters. There will be special discount rates for the THS. The hotel is centrally located downtown next to Branson Landing for loads of shopping, restaurants, etc. Plenty of things to see and do. Anyone who’s ever been to Branson can tell you that the variety, and sheer quantity of things to do here is amazing.
There’s absolutely nothing in Branson that compares to the incredible selection of live shows. Country music is a feature but live entertainment is more than singing and playing the guitar. There is magic, animal acts, nail-biting acrobatic performances, and comedy acts––a variety of entertainment, shows, museums including the not-to-be-missed Titanic Branson that we’ll be visiting––more than 35 theaters that host nearly 100 shows and more than 260 restaurants. THS is taking advantage of the opportunity being in Branson, so our convention itinerary is extra special with added activities. Not only will there be our featured guest speakers, cocktail parties, Gala Dinner, Great Raffle and Sunday Titanic Remembrance Service but we are also planning to include four of the most popular attractions. Plan for
four full days. (Stay longer if you like).
Belfast Built: Atlantic Transport Line’s Minnwaska & Minnetonka,
London’s Largest Liners and Belfast’s Largest Liners Conclusion
Of the three great shipping lines, White Star, Red Star and Atlantic Transport, that made up the International Mercantile Marine Company’s premier passenger-carrying business, the Atlantic Transport Line is by far the most interesting. ATL operated a unique service on the North Atlantic. Sailing out of the Port of London to New York, via Cherbourg (later replaced with Boulogne), the company’s services appealed, particularly to business people. The departures for both vessels, westbound and eastbound were on a Saturday, giving businessmen ample time to finish up their work for the week on the proceeding Friday.
By Paul Louden Brown
The Titanic Survivor and the UBoat
On Saturday, October 7, 1916, in the midst of World War I, residents of Newport, Rhode Island were astonished to find a German submarine
surface in their harbor shortly before 2:00 p.m. Somehow Germany’s U-53, under the command of Captain Hans Rose, had managed to sneak undetected past thirty-seven American warships and submarines off the coast.
By Don Lynch
Milton Long’s Voyage on Titanic Was His Final One…Although It Wasn’t His First Shipwreck
1st Class passenger from Springfield, Massachusetts, Milton Long, died in the Titanic disaster. He was with Jack Thayer on that final evening of his life. Jack survived. Milton did not. It is with irony wondering what was going through Long’s mind as he and Jack Thayer left the sinking Titanic in her final moments. Would it be like before? Less than a year ago Long escaped another sinking vessel in treacherous icy waters––barely getting wet.
By Don Lynch & Karen Kamuda
Frank Bustard- “Should the Titanic and her sister vessels have ever been built?”
This remark was made by Frank Bustard, Passenger Traffic Manager for the White Star Line until its merger with Cunard in 1934
In letters to Ed Kamuda less than a year before his death in January 1974, his thoughts in retrospect, are expressed.
Ed Kamuda collection
Captain Smith’s Medals
A Set of Two Exquisitely Detailed Dutch Tiles Titanic Olympic Tile Ad
Front: A four funneled liner like Olympic about to run over a small fishing
vessel by an unknown artist. The fishing vessel is shooting rockets indicating her
distress. In the period circa1920s schooners from Gloucester fishing the Grand
Banks many manned by Portuguese were sunk by transatlantic liners. (The
reason for guessing Portuguese is the vessel is not an American schooner
design, however many Gloucester crews were Portuguese.
Back: Captain Smith’s medals (Ed Kamuda collection)