Monday, July 25, 2011

The Time Traveling Fashionista

The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

When Louise gets invited to a vintage clothing sale, she goes in hopes of getting the perfect dress for the school dance. After rummaging through the cluttered racks of clothes she find the one but when she tries it on, she finds herself transported onto the doomed ocean liner, the R.M.S. Titanic. Louise has dreamed of being a different person in a different time, but when her wish comes true, she realizes that it wasn't as glamorous as she always imagined.


When I first got the book, I didn't realize it was set on the Titanic so it was a pleasant surprise. The topic was perfect for me since I love both the Titanic and fashion and the illustrations were beautiful.

Some of the downsides were that there was a lot of historical inaccuracies and the characters were hard to connect to.

It was actually the first book in a series -- the next book will come out April 2012.

Rating: G

Star Rating: 3 1/2

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On My Other Blog...

I just though I'd let everyone know that on Inlets and Harbors I will be publishing guest posts! On Inlets and Harbor's sidebar, you can acsess the submission form and veiw the rules. I'll accept posts from anyone and on any topic and I'll publish my favorite enrty once a month.

Be sure to enter!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The 99th Anniversary

Today, ninety-nine years ago, the R.M.S. Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 1,517 passengers and crew members perished. Their stories -- told and untold -- will forever intrigue us. The Titanic  is something the world should never forget.

This timeline shows what took place on that fateful night.

April 14, 1912
Several ice warnings are received throughout the day.

11:40 p.m. - Lookouts spot the iceberg about five hundred yards away. Murdoch immediately orders the Titanic to go "hard-a-starboard" but the iceberg still scrapes the Titanic's starboard side of the ship. To many people the impact seems only to be a slight shudder.

11:50 p.m. - After only ten minutes the water rises to fourteen feet above the keel in the forward compartments.

Midnight - The mail room begins to flood. Thomas Andrews estimates that the ship can only stay above water for two hours at the most. Captain Smith orders to send out the distress signal.

April 15, 1912

12:05 a.m. - The order is given to prepare the lifeboats for launching.

12:15 a.m. - The Carpathia signals that they are on their way to assist. The ship's orchestra begin to play ragtime tunes in the first-class lounge.

12:25 a.m. - The lifeboats begin to be loaded.  Many boats are less than half full because the passengers do not realize the danger at hand.

12:45 a.m. - Lifeboat number 7 is the first to leave. The first distress rocket is fired.

1:15 a.m. - The water now reaches the Titanic's name on her bow. People begin to realize that they are really sinking and the lifeboats begin to leave more full.

1:30 a.m. -  Panic begins to spread among some passengers and Fifth Officer Lowe has to fire his fun into the air several times to keep people from jumping into lifeboat number 14. The distress calls become more desperate.

1:40 a.m. - Boat 15 begins its descent only moments after lifeboat 13. Lifeboat 13 begins to drift aft and almost gets crushed by lifeboat 15. Only at the last moment, the ropes are cut so that lifeboat 13 can row away.

2:05 a.m. -  Collapsible lifeboat D is the last boat to be successfully launched. The water is almost to the Promenade deck.

2:10 a.m. - Captain Smith releases the wireless operators from their duties.

2:17 a.m. - The last SOS is sent. Titanic's bridge plunges under and the forward funnel falls to the starboard.

2:18 a.m. - The Titanic reaches an angle of 45 to 50 degrees. The lights blink once then go out forever as she breaks in two. The bow section sinks but he stern begins to stay afloat.

2:20 a.m. - The stern slowly fills with water and sinks.

3:30 a.m. - Rockets are fired from the rescue ship, Carpathia and sighted by the lifeboats.

4:10 a.m. - Lifeboat number 2 is the first to be picked up.

8:30 a.m. - The last boat is picked up (lifeboat number 12) and Second Officer "Lucky Lightoller" is the last survivor to come on board.

8:50 a.m. - Carpathia begins her journey to New York carrying 705 survivors.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Margaret Mary Tobin was born in Hannibal, Missouri on July 18th, 1867. She lived in a little house near the Mississippi River with her parents and five siblings.

When she was eighteen she moved to Colorado with her sister and met a miner there named James Joseph “J.J.” Brown. The two were married on September 1, 1886. They had two children and bought a house in Leadville where James continued in the mining business. Over the years he became on of the most successful mining men in the country. The Browns had struck it rich. But later in life, it is said that their marriage was coming to an end—even though they lived in the same house, they completely avoided each other.

In 1912 Margaret got news that her grandson was sick while she was traveling and made the quick decision to go to New York on the first passage available. Because of her hastiness, hardly anyone knew where she was going or what ship she was taking.

On April 10, 1912 she boarded the RMS Titanic from Cherbourg France.

The voyage was pleasant and the weather was good—they were even due to arrive in New York early—until four days later when the Titanic struck an iceberg. Margaret though, showed no fear. She helped gather women to be put in the lifeboats until she was put into one herself.

Even when Quartermaster Hichens (who was in charge of lifeboat six) had given up all hope for rescue, Margaret stayed strong and threatened to throw him overboard. She told the women to row and kept their spirits up.
When rescued from the Carpathia, she still did everything she could to be of assistance. She helped aid the survivors and by time they reached New York, she raised $10,000 for destitute survivors.

For her heroism she was nicknamed the Unsinkable Molly Brown, but not until the 1930’s. She was never known as Molly when she was alive, though her friends did call her Maggie.

Margaret Brown is mostly known for her bravery that fateful night of 1912 but she also did many other great things. She was an advocate of human rights, she worked to establish the first Juvenile Court in the U.S., worked with the relief efforts during World War 1 and was also a Suffragist. She really played a big role in women’s history.

“Typical Brown luck. We’re unsinkable.”
                                          ~Margaret Mary Tobin Brown

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just to let you know...

As much as I love writing about the Titanic, I've discovered doing a one subject blog is difficult. There's a lot of times that I want to blog, but maybe not about that one thing my blog is based on. So, I have created a new blog, Inlets and Harbors and I'll be posting on there soon. Be sure to check it out--it's going to be about anything and everything I feel like blogging about, so I'll probably have some posts about the Titanic sometimes.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meet Me At The Muny

Last Monday my family and I were able to go to the Muny to see “Titanic the Musical“. The play was one that wasn't based off of a movie, so it delivered a plot line that could give the audience a new perspective. I would give it four out of five stars due to slight language.

I especially enjoyed how it showed each class and its key characters, yet, it didn’t focus on the more famous passengers of the Titanic (i.e. Molly Brown was not even mentioned). They portrayed first class as the slightly scandalous but still, ever-so-fabulous millionaires, second class as the average person, wanting to be like the class above them, and third class as the ones just hoping for a better life. They even gave the audience a look at the crew, stokers, and one of the wireless officers.

I loved how it showed how reluctant and casual the passengers were when they were told to be ready to board the lifeboats and how the stewards had to restrain them when they realized the Titanic was really in danger. The Strausses were even given more than just a famous quote (a couple that I will discuss in another post).

Despite the historical inaccuracies, it was very neat to get to see. In fact, one of the first plays based on the Titanic was a musical.
I loved it!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Morse Code

The only known photo of the Titanic's Marconi Room where the telegrams were sent and received.

In 1836, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph with the help of Alfred Vail. But because of the technology available at that time, the messages received couldn’t be printed readably.

In 1844 the telegraph was first put into operation. To make the messages readable the first initial telegraph made indentations on a paper tape when an electrical current was transmitted.

The actual “Morse code” was developed so that the operators could translate the indentions made on the paper into an actual text message. With the first code, Samuel Morse had planned it to only send numerals and the receiver would have to look up in a “dictionary” what each word was according to the numbers. Then, Alfred Vail expanded the code to include the letters and special characters so it could be used in an easier way. This was how the dots and dashes came along (the most used English letters were given the shortest combinations).

In the original Morse telegraphs, it would make clicking noises as it made indentions onto the paper tape, the operators soon picked up on them and learned how to translate the clicks into the dots and dashes making the need of the paper unnecessary. When the code was adapted for radio use, the dots and dashes were then put as short and long pulses and later it was even found out that the people were more skillful with it after it was changed. To contemplate the sound of Morse code, the operators started to vocalize a dot as “dit”, and a dash as “dah”.

The bad thing about using Morse code is that an operator had to be available at all times to be able to hear the incoming codes. The radio operator had to sit in a room which was the size of a closet for hours writing down the messages he heard.

That was one of the reason ships and boats usually didn’t leave their radios on all the time, so Morse code was not a reliable way of communication. After the Titanic disaster though, laws were changed so that radios had to be left on with someone listening at all times.