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Smithsonian Online Exhibit: On the Water

Thanks to my colleague Greg Cooper for letting me know about this great exhibit. The Smithsonian Museum has an amazing online exhibit: On the Water. The exhibit, divided by era and theme, explores physical artifacts, maps, narratives and accounts, as well as songs and stories all connected to man’s relationship with the Ocean. The exhibit, primarily focused on United States history, explores whaling, piracy, travel, and more.

In addition to content and material, the exhibit also provides numerous learning resources for educators, including lesson plans and activities.

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Archaeology of the Titanic

This month’s Archaeology Magazine highlights the history of the archaeology of the RMS Titanic, the famed “unsinkable” luxury liner that sank after striking an iceberg on April 15 1912. The Titanic has been subject of romance and scholarly inquiry – especially after its rediscovery in 1985.

Archaeology Magazine highlights the history of the search for the ship (multiple failed attempts by various recovery teams preceded the Franco-American expedition that discovered its remains). Learn about the search, the ships recovery, and the complicated conservation that went into preserving the artifacts and burying the remains of those who died at sea that Arctic Night.

Read the full featured article here: “Archaeology of the Titanic”.

New Photos of the Titanic Expedition Released

photo courtesy of Fox News

In Norfolk Virginia, scientists revealed some new and stunning images of the RMS Titanic. The photographs and 3D images come from one of the latest expeditions to the downed ocean-liner now resting two miles below the surface of the North Atlantic. The photos made an appearance in a Norfolk court room where the salvage rights to the ship are still being determined.

The ship, labeled ‘unsinkable,’ struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. The sinking remains the greatest non-wartime maritime disaster in all of history and drastically changed the way that shipping traffic in the North Atlantic is conducted.

To view these images, check out this article at FoxNews or these one on the 3D images.

Titanic Captain’s Cigar Box Sold at Auction

A cigar box once owned by Captain Edward John Smith (Commander of the ill-fated Titanic) sold at auction for 25,000 GBP.

The BBC tells the tale of the humidor in this article.

The RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after striking an iceberg on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people die – it remains the worst civilian military disaster in peace-time.

99 Years After the Fact, Child Victim of the Titanic Identified

The RMS Titanic, nicknamed “The Unsinkable” by engineers and newspapermen, has been a romantic highlight of man’s arrogance and the power of nature. The ship sank on April 15, 1912, only four days into its maiden voyage – taking with it to the depths of the ocean over 1500 of its 2200 passenger and crew manifest. It was, and remains, the greatest non-wartime maritime tragedy.

Even before the famous Leonardo Dicaprio film, the RMS Titanic has captured our imaginations – especially after it was rediscovered in 1985 by a salvage team (or as my former mentor would call them – treasure hunters, common looters with more funding).

I remember being mesmerized by the stories of those who lost their lives and the shocking stories of the survivors of the great tragedy. In spite of what many tweens and twenty-somethings may think, the great stories of the TItanic were not acted out by Kate Winslett or Leonardo Dicaprio. Who can forget the nouveaux riche and scandalous “Unsinkable Molly Brown” or Captain Edward Smith, who refused a place on a lifeboat (as did his wife) as he believed his place as Captain was to go down with his ship. Most of all, I remember being moved by the band, who reportedly played until the last moments.

The victims of the Titanic knew no age, gender, or class (although the wealthy had a significantly better chance of survival). One mysterious victim was a young child, a toddler whose body was pulled out of the icy Atlantic on April 21. The child’s identity was hastily (and incorrectly made). However, a recent exhumation, with accompanying DNA testing, has made a confirmed identity of the child as British born: Sidney Lesley Goodwin. Young Sidney perished with the rest of his family (both parents, three brothers, and two sisters) on the Titanic’s tragic voyage.

Read the entirety of the article to learn about the investigator’s process and the ultimate identity of this beautiful child whose life was tragically cut short in this article from MSNBC.