The Electrical Telegraph and the First Real Time Tragedy: The Sinking of the Titanic

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On April 18th, 1912, New York Harbor was packed with reporters, onlookers, and family members of those who had been on the RMS Titanic who didn't know whether or not their loved ones had made it. All of them were waiting on the Carpathia, a ship that had mattered very little up to this point.

At the front of the crowd was Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio and founder of the Marconi Company. On board was his surviving wireless operator-Harold Bride. William Hazelgrove, author of One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic tells the story of both men and the technology that helped save over 700 people.

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