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100 years ago: The loss of the Titanic
Hazelbauer, G.L. (2012). 100 years ago: The loss of the Titanic. Nature (Lond.) 484(7393): 174-175.
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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  • Hazelbauer, G.L.

    The terrible loss of life on account of the disaster to the Titanic has directed emphatic attention to various aspects of the employment of wireless telegraphy in times of crisis at sea. The point which is at the moment attracting most of the public attention is that of the erroneous messages, or alleged messages, which appeared in the newspapers in the day or two following the disaster ... All this raises more prominently than ever the chaotic condition of wireless telegraphy in the United States ... [T]he most urgent call for help will pass unheeded if none of the operators on the ships within hail are on duty. In fact, it seems to have been a mere chance that the operator was at his apparatus at the time the Titanic called. On ships that carry only one operator — and very few carry more — the man cannot always be on the look-out ...

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