19. The Titanic Disaster: "All Passengers Safe"


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Just before midnight on the 14th of April 1912, the RMS Titanic, branded “unsinkable” by the White Star Line, struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The ship, which was the largest vessel in the world at the time, was transporting 2,208 passengers and crew from Southampton to New York.

Everyone knows how the story ends, but the reports printed at the time of the disaster told a very different story. How exactly did the story go so wrong?

Also this week, Jim finds great hatred through poetry, and a letter from a man keen to clear his name from a heinous crime.

Yesterday's Chip Paper is a fortnightly(ish) history podcast looking at all sorts of stories from historic newspaper archives. Whether it's true crime, mad sea captains, 'unsolved' murders or the worst families in history, it's guaranteed to be downright bonkers.

Jim and Violet are two amateur researchers based on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Jim in New York and Violet in London, who love the bizarre stories to be found in history's headlines.

Archives used in this episode: British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Newspapers.com Newspapers.com

The New York Times Archive http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9E07EFDD1E3CE633A25752C2A9629C946396D6CF

TROVE (National Library of Australia) http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Articles and other resources used in this episode:

Press and Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York - April 15, 1912

The Evening World - 15 April 1912

Western Times – 16 April 1912

Washington Herald - 17 April 1912

Scranton Republican - 17 April 1912

The Baltimore Sun - 20 & 21 April 1912

"The Titanic Disaster Hearings" - edited by Tom Kuntz and William Alden Smith

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