Titanic Links

I’m sure the Internet has mercilessly pounded this information into your skull the last week or so, but yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Here are a few articles and radio stories that have popped up:

  • The New York Times article “Experts Split on Possibility of Remains at Titanic Site" examines the open question, Are there any bodies in there?: “‘I would not be surprised if highly preserved bodies were found in the engine room,’ [Robert Ballard, one of the discoverers of the Titanic wreck] said. ‘That was deep inside the ship.’ Asked how many bodies the broken hull of the Titanic might hold, Dr. Ballard replied: ‘Dozens. Hundreds starts to feel uncomfortable. I know that lots landed on the bottom, because there are so many shoes.’”
  • Which leads me to this nice little piece by Robert Krulwich: “The Strange Persistence of Shoes at Sea.”
  • Remembering the Titanic’s Intrepid Bandleader" (NPR) profiles the dapper Wallace Hartley, leader of the doomed eight-member band that continued to play as the ship sank.
  • Why Didn’t Passengers Panic on the Titanic?" (from NPR’s Planet Money crew) looks at how the length of time it took the ship to sink resulted in the preservation of social norms: "Given time, societal conventions can trump our natural self-interest. A hundred years ago, women and children always went first. Men were stoic. On the Titanic, there was enough time for these norms to assert themselves."
  • Remembering Titanic: Where the Passengers Are Buried,” on the Times' City Room blog features the following two sentences: “Ms. Olsen said that for many people whose friends died on the Titanic, the grief was lasting. Across from the Straus mausoleum is a monument built by an heiress to a laxative fortune.”