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Bogus Titanic Claims Shown
Amy Cartmell, The Evening Chronicle
Apr 10, 2004
A telegram claiming the Titanic was safe will
go on display to mark the 92nd anniversary of the tragedy.
The largest liner in the world claimed 1,500 lives when
she hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage on April 12,
Titanic - The World-Class Collection is going on display
in Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle.
The "Titanic Safe" telegram and the story
surrounding it will be on display from tomorrow.
This telegram was sent to Congressman Hughes of West
Virginia, whose daughter, Mary Eloise Hughes, and son-in-law
were first-class passengers.
The text, signed "White Star Line", was dated
April 15, 1912.
The American Committee of Inquiry was unable to establish
the identity of the author of the telegram, which was
delivered to a Western Union branch office.
Its verdict on the telegram was as follows: "Whoever
sent this message under the circumstances is guilty
of the most reprehensible conduct"
The White Star Line was itself held up to Press scrutiny
as to when it first knew of the tragedy.
Evidence supplied to the inquiry indicated it was in
full possession of the facts long before the disaster
was made public.
During that period, the company said it had no information,
but at the same time was sending encouraging-sounding
telegrams to prominent individuals.
Also showcased are details of passengers and crew members
with North East connections, including journa
Thomas Stead, 62, who was born in Embleton, Northumberland
Stead had been invited to New York to speak at a peace