Saturday, September 03, 2005

Titanic: A beginner's guide

Within hours of RMS Titanic sinking beneath the waves of the cold North Atlantic on the night of 14/15 April 1912, the story of the ship, its victims and the disaster's survivors was being written about. Since then, there has been a deluge of material on the tragedy, including numerous films and radio and television programmes. Today, a search on the internet brings up more than 1.5 million 'Titanic' items, and a search on the online bookshop produces in excess of 700 books. Where is the novice Titanic enthusiast to begin?
We have spent hours on the internet assessing the sites available, separating those that are worth more than a glance from those that are, quite frankly, dross. Here are the results of our researchRMS Titanic, Inc. was granted 'salvor-in-possession' rights to the wreck of the Titanic by US Federal Court order in 1994. Between 1987 and 2000, expeditions conducted by the company recovered approximately 6,000 artefacts from the wreck site. This website veers into corporate-speak a little too often, but if you are interested in the Titanic, you have to be interested in the fate of this company. There is some information on conservation, science and so on, but some of it is restricted to 'registered' users.


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