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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Titantic’s Morse Code Messages Brought to Life by Audio Artist

Titantic’s Morse Code Messages

102 years ago today...April 15, 1912...

RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. (Photo: Wiki Commons)
RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. (Photo: Wiki Commons)
At ten minutes to midnight this morning a modern passenger liner stopped above the grave site of the Titanic, holding a prayer vigal as the names of all of those who lost their lives, including five major British and American industrialists, were read. At midnight the site became and International Historic site, making further taking of "artifacts" illeagle.

On the night the Titanic struck an iceberg, 100 years ago last night, a network of wireless operators on ships and land stations frantically communicated with each other across the expanses of the North Atlantic in an effort to mount a rescue mission. The surviving messages form a real-time record of the events of that night. 

The only surviving real-time record of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago this weekend are the transcriptions of Morse Code messages sent to and from the ship via Marconi Wireless–the most advanced long-distance communication of its time.

On the 100th anniversary of the disaster, an audio artist has used voice synthesis software to bring those messages to life.

That Titanic broke into two sections and sank rapidly at 2:19 AM on April 15, 1012.

Image of the Carpathia loading Titanic Survivors. Adults had to climb rope ladders to a cargo hold, children were placed in burlap bags, tied in and loaded into shipping nets to be hoisted onto the deck. The California was less than ten miles away but the radio room had shut down for the night, causing an even greater loss of life as the Carpathia was almost four hours away at full steam. The Titanic sank in calm seas. If the ship had enough life boats instead of the minimum requirement of the maritime union more than 1400 lives could have been spared. Best film for the human side of the disaster, I recommend "A Night to Remember"(1958). Of course those who love attention to digital detail and an unrealistic love story, go to theaters this week and see the modern film "Titanic" (available in 3D).

  •  The Carpathia was one of the ships that received the Titanic's calls for help

  • BBC News - Titanic: The final messages from a stricken ship

  • BBC: Discovery, Titanic - In Her Own Words 

  • PRI's The World