Friday, April 13, 2012
Titanic Ties to North Carolina
Although the Titanic saga happened miles and miles from the Carolinas, there is one interesting tie that the Titanic had with North Carolina. The alarming message "Have struck an iceberg" was sent from the R.M.S. Titanic on the night of April 14, 1912 and was received and recorded by the Weather Bureau Station located on Hatteras Island, North Carolina (see above).
And to commemorate that tie, the log page from that date at the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station will be on public display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras for the first time ever April 14-May 31.
According to the National Park Service, the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station received one of the first telegraph messages from the Titanic at 11:25pm which said "C.Q.D" which means "Come Quickly Distressed". The telegraph was also received by Cape Race Marconi Station in Newfoundland, Canada. The next telegraph gave the ship's coordinates and the reason for distress..."have struck iceberg".
The log pages of the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station were rolled and stuffed into plaster walls to provide insulation, as was custom in the early 20th century, and it wasn't until 2005 when the National Park Service was restoring the weather station (see above) that the log page was discovered. Hatteras has the only remaining original station log from that telegraph. After years of restoration by the National Park Service, the log page will be on display with various related items.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and is dedicated to the the preservation , advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks. They are located in Hatteras and are open Monday through Saturday April through October and Monday through Friday November through March and admission is free.