Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

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Author: Logan Marshall

Chapter XVII. Wireless Operator Praises Heroic Work

STORY OF HAROLD BRIDE, THE SURVIVING WIRELESS OPERATOR OF THE TITANIC, WHO WAS WASHED OVERBOARD AND RESCUED BY LIFE-BOAT—BAND PLAYED RAG-TIME AND "AUTUMN"

ONE of the most connected and detailed accounts of the horrible disaster was that told by Harold Bride, the wireless operator. Mr. Bride said:

"I was standing by Phillips, the chief operator, telling him to go to bed, when the captain put his head in the cabin.

" `We’ve struck an iceberg,’ the captain said, `and I’m having an inspection made to tell what it has done for us. You better get ready to send out a call for assistance. But don’t send it until I tell you.’

"The captain went away and in ten minutes, I should estimate the time, he came back. We could hear a terrific confusion outside, but there was not the least thing to indicate that there was any trouble. The wireless was working perfectly.

" `Send the call for assistance,’ ordered the captain, barely putting his head in the door.

" `What call shall I send?’ Phillips asked.

" `The regulation international call for help. Just that.’

"Then the captain was gone Phillips began to send `C. Q. D.’ He flashed away at it and we joked while he did so. All of us made light of the disaster.

"The Carpathia answered our signal. We told her our position and said we were sinking by the head. The operator went to tell the captain, and in five minutes returned and told us that the captain of the Carpathia, was putting about and heading for us

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Chicago: Logan Marshall, "Chapter XVII. Wireless Operator Praises Heroic Work," Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, trans. Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859 in Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters Original Sources, accessed April 19, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN6K3VQ92XJEXC5.

MLA: Marshall, Logan. "Chapter XVII. Wireless Operator Praises Heroic Work." Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, translted by Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859, in Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, Original Sources. 19 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN6K3VQ92XJEXC5.

Harvard: Marshall, L, 'Chapter XVII. Wireless Operator Praises Heroic Work' in Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, trans. . cited in 1909, Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters. Original Sources, retrieved 19 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN6K3VQ92XJEXC5.