Titanic Disaster Changed Wireless Use on Ships
May 1, 2012
Wicked Local Cape Cod: The Titanic’s radio had been down and there was a backlog of messages from the Cape – “See you soon,” “Pick you up in New York” – waiting to be delivered. While radio operators in nearby ships took off their headphones and went to bed late on April 14, 1912, a Marconi employee on one of those vessels, the Carpathia, sent a message to the “unsinkable ship” reminding them of the growing pile of correspondence.
“They replied, ‘We struck a berg, save us,’” said Barbara Dougan, educational coordinator at Cape Cod National Seashore. “It was a lucky fluke.”
The “Marconi man,” Harold Cottam, immediately told the captain and at 12:30 a.m. on April 15 the Carpathia, 60 miles away from the Titanic and farther away than other ships, raced to the scene of one of the most famous tragedies of all time.
Video: Titanic remembered at Marconi station