Experience the RMS Titanic wireless messages in real time
On Sunday, April 15, 2012, it will be 100 years since the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will use Twitter to broadcast the vessel's original wireless transmissions.
Ten years prior to Titanic's sinking, the first wireless transmission to cross the Atlantic from North America was sent from the Marconi station in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Much like the short messages we send today via text, instant messaging or Twitter, wireless transmissions bridged distances between people and made it possible to share information across the world.
As the largest and grandest ocean liner of her time, Titanic was equipped with the most modern wireless technology available. When disaster struck, that technology proved invaluable as it was crucial in saving many passengers and, also, provided the world over with the stunning news of the loss.
This year, starting at 11:55 pm Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) on April 14, follow the hash tag #TitanicMMA and experience the magnitude of Titanic through the same wireless messages operators received in 1912.
Important notes for 2012
- The hash tag for the 2012 real time account on Twitter is #TitanicMMA.
- The real time account of the disaster will begin at 11:55 pm NST.
- Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) will be used because of the ship’s geographic location at the time of the sinking
- Prior to the start of the real time account, eight iceberg warnings that preceded the sinking in 1912 will be posted on Twitter.