“The Sinking of the Titanic” and the sensationalism of Jay Henry Mowbray

“PANIC STRICKEN MULTITUDE FACING SURE DEATH! HUNDREDS WERE DOOMED TO WATERY GRAVES! TERRIBLE HORROR OF THE BRINY DEEP!”   Look no further than the title page of the “Memorial Edition” of The Sinking of the Titanic to find these pieces of purple prose. But if you keep looking, you’ll find that author, journalist, and potential fraudster Jay Henry Mowbray keeps his foot on the accelerator of sensational language for nearly 300 pages more »

Titanic Disaster

Since word of the RMS Titanic's sinking on the night of April 14, 1912, the legend of this "unsinkable" trans-Atlantic liner has grown into mythology and has been immortalized in print, song, on screen and even the Broadway stage. The story of this White Star Line steamship and the loss of over 1500 passengers remains a fascinating and tragic story to this day. Of the 2,228 people on board, only 705 survived. Attached is a letter from the Post Office Department dated April 1, 1912, addressed to Mr. O.S. Woody, assigning him as a mail clerk on board the Titanic. Unfortunately, Mr. Woody did not survive the disaster.—Beverly Coward Images: Top: Courtesy of the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Bottom: Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution / National Museum of American History -Transportation. Sources Consulted: Voyage 15 Titanic International, Summer 1993 – Remembering Titanic's Postal Workers – HE6233 P85 1993 NPM 1912 Facts About Titanic, Lee W. Merideth – G530 T6M47, 1999 NPM Titanic, A Postal Collection – HE6183 S49088, 1998 NPM more »

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