Berg watchers
Tuesday 26th February 2008 11:25 PM
St. John's Telegram
The iceberg season has begun, at least for the International Ice Patrol. The U.S. Coast Guard's annual hunt for ocean-going bits of glaciers drifting through Iceberg Alley off Newfoundland started with the sinking of the Titanic 95 years ago.
Submitted by Jason D. Tiller
Art on the high seas
Saturday 23rd February 2008 6:57 PM
Liverpool Echo
SHIPS often feature beautiful artworks from the majestic figureheads of the sailing era to stunning displays on great liners.

A painting by Norman Wilkinson is perhaps the most famous artwork on a ship. The Approach to Plymouth Harbour hung above the mantelpiece in the First Class smoking room on the Titanic.
Submitted by Jason D. Tiller
Museum director charged in Titanic theft
Friday 22nd February 2008 7:45 PM
United Press International
The former head of a Virginia maritime museum has been charged with selling off items from its Titanic collection and other memorabilia.

Lester Weber, onetime director of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, was charged along with his wife with 26 counts of theft, fraud and failure to file tax returns.
Submitted by Jason D. Tiller
Ralph Bradshaw White, 66; found Titanic wreckage and salvaged artifacts
Wednesday 13th February 2008 2:50 PM
Los Angeles Times
Ralph Bradshaw White, who documented the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic, then returned to the bottom of the ocean more than 30 times to film and recover artifacts from the ill-fated vessel, died Feb. 4 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. He was 66.
Submitted by Jason D. Tiller
Frank's Titanic effort goes on show
Monday 11th February 2008 3:08 PM
Northwich Guardian
A RETIRED draughtsman has spent two and half years constructing a detailed model of the Titanic, which is now on display at Nantwich Museum.

Frank Wilson, aged 80, from Nantwich constructed the model ship from parts that came in a publication in the Daily Mail's weekly magazine supplement.
Submitted by Jason D. Tiller
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Titanic fans want Belfast memorial to be relocated

Friday 5th June 2009The Belfast Titanic Society has hit out at plans for the Belfast wheel to remain at its current location because it obscures a memorial to the victims of the sea disaster.

Currently the big wheel structure sits around and on top of the memorial - at the side of the city hall - which was built to remember the Belfast people who were lost in the Titanic disaster of 1912.

And while the Belfast-based group - the majority of whose members are past shipyard workers - recognise the tourism benefits the wheel brings to Belfast, it is suggesting the memorial be moved to a different location.

At the last meeting of the Strategic Policy and Resources committee, Belfast City councillors voted in favour of requesting and approving 'an extension to the period of operation for the Belfast Wheel in the ground of the City Hall for a further 24 months from September 1, 2009'.

The wheel's stay in Belfast will now be subject to approval from the Planning Service.

Speaking against the decision, society spokesperson Susie Millar said the latest extension 'flies in the face' of all the work being carried out in the Titanic Quarter.

'This new extension will mean the memorial will be hidden in 2011, a time when Belfast will be celebrating the launch of the ship,' said Ms Millar.

'We were never told the wheel would be here permanently, but this is the longest its stay has ever been extended.'

The group is now proposing the memorial be relocated to the north eastern corner of the City Hall grounds, close to where a statue of Sir Edward Harland now stands.

Society chairman Una Reilly added: 'If the wheel is not for moving, then let's create a proper site for the memorial. It is time for a solution.

'Titanic is one of five key tourism projects being promoted in Northern Ireland and yet total disregard is being shown for the memory of people who went down with the ship.'
Belfast Telegraph (2009) Titanic fans want Belfast memorial to be relocated <> (Accessed 2009-06-05 14:49:44)

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