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Titanic Obituary: Francis D. Millet (Literary Digest, 1912)

Artist, journalist and American Civil War veteran Francis D. Millet, (1846 - 1912) was also one of the doomed passengers on board TITANIC. Prior to the TITANIC disaster, Millet was enjoying some success as a muralist:

...he had been engaged in making mural decorations for a number of public buildings, including the Court House at Newark (New Jersey), the State Capitol at St. Paul, Minn., the Custom House at Baltimore (Maryland), and the Federal Building at Cleveland (Ohio)."

 

H.G. Wells' Remarks on the TITANIC Disaster (The Bookman, 1912)

Writing as a devoted socialist, H.G. Wells (1866 1946) saw the TITANIC disaster through the lenses of one who has come to only expect the worst from an unjust class structure:

"It typifies perfectly to his mind the muddle of the present social situation and illustrates the incompetence of the upper class in modern society".

"It was the penetrating comment of chance upon our entire social system. Beneath a surface of magnificent efficiency was -slapdash. The ship was not even equipped to to save its third-class passengers; they placed themselves on board with an infinite confidence in the care that was to be taken of them, and most of their women and children went down with the cry of those who find themselves cheated out of life."

 

The U.S. Senate's Report on the Titanic Disaster (The Independent, 1912)

A small report on the conclusions reasoned by the U.S. Senate in their investigation of the "Titanic" disaster:

"The White Star Company is properly condemned for the fact that there was no suitable provision for saving life, no drill of the sailors, and further, that the bulkheads separating the watertight compartments did not close properly."

 

The British Government's Conclusion (The Annual Register, 1913)

A digest of the conclusion reached by the British government's "Special Commission on the Loss of the Titanic".

 

What is the Shape of an Iceberg? (Literary Digest, 1912)

A short, well illustrated article which sought to answer the question which so many were asking in the immediate aftermath of the TITANIC disaster

"How big is an iceberg?"

 

TITANIC Didn't Have to Sink (The North American Review, 1912)

As an architect of U.S. Navy battleships and a popular New York politician, Lewis Nixon (1861 - 1940), maintained throughout this article that the full array of 1912 technology was ignored in the planning of TITANIC's first (and only) voyage:

"We have in our battle-ships devices to show when water enters compartments, and by simple and economical devices it would be possible to have the depth to which water has risen indicated on the bridge, and on merchantmen as well as on our men-of-war searchlights should be carried."

 


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