THE RACE TO RESCUE THE R.M.S. TITANIC with author William Hazelgrove and Jason Scappaticci
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December 21, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
One hundred and sixty minutes. That is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. There was amazing heroism and astounding incompetence against the backdrop of the most advanced ship in history sinking by inches with luminaries from all over the world. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. More than twenty-eight ships would be involved in the rescue of Titanic survivors along with four different countries.
At the heart of the rescue are two young Marconi operators, Jack Phillips 25 and Harold Bride 22, tapping furiously and sending electromagnetic waves into the black night as the room they sat in slanted toward the icy depths and not stopping until the bone numbing water was around their ankles. Then they plunged into the water after coordinating the largest rescue operation the maritime world had ever seen and thereby saving 710 people by their efforts.
The race to save the largest ship in the world from certain death would reveal both heroes and villains. It would begin at 11:40 PM on April 14, when the iceberg was struck and would end at 2:20 AM April 15, when her lights blinked out and left 1500 people thrashing in 25-degree water. Although the race to save Titanic survivors would stretch on beyond this, most people in the water would die, but the amazing thing is that of the 2229 people, 710 did not and this was the success of the Titanic rescue effort.
Jason Scappaticci was born and raised in Manchester, CT where he continues to live with his partner and son. After high school he earned his BA in History from Utica College of Syracuse University. After returning home to CT he enrolled in Trinity College and earned his MA in American Studies. He has a passion for history and enjoys sharing that passion with others. Some topics of particular interest for Jason are presidential history, world’s fairs, and the golden age of transatlantic passenger liners. These topics are reflected in many of the lectures he has taken around the state to libraries and historical societies. Professionally, Jason has worked in higher education since 2003. He began his career at Manchester Community College working with low income and first-generation college students. After 16 years at Manchester Community College Jason was named the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Capital Community College. He is passionate about the mission of Capital Community College and enjoys his work there as much as he enjoys lecturing.