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Telegrams Tell Titanic’s Story at South Street

Telegrams Tell Titanic’s Story at South Street

Telegrams Tell Titanic’s Story at South Street Flickr, TAPorto

100 years ago Tuesday the Titanic set sail from South Hampton, England on its maiden voyage to New York City.

The South Street Seaport Museum opened a new exhibition Tuesday commemorating the Titanic’s tragic trip.

Frantic telegrams between the Titanic, the Carpathia, and other ships that responded to the distress calls are all on display.

The telegrams make up most of the exhibition, and shed some light on what exactly happened on that maiden voyage. The Carpathia was the first and only ship to arrive to rescue survivors. Shortly after arriving on the scene, the Carpathia's captian messaged all other ships on their way to help the Titanic to turn back.

"You get these messages of one ship radioing to another ship, to another ship, saying 'have you heard from titanic? What's the status of Titanic?'” said Maritime Historian Gregg Dietrich who helped put the exhibition together. “You realize she was probably gone at that point."

The Museum’s curator, Sarah Henry says the telegrams are invaluable for historians, "You can really see it playing out; the confusion, the lack of information. But yet, an incredible amount of actual information compared to what would have been available a few years earlier."

Alongside the telegrams, the exhibition features pictures, post cards from passengers, and pieces of the ship.