This week, in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will take part in "Titanic 100 Years Later and Marconi's Wireless Technology" along with the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association. The center will feature a special exhibit April 12 through 15. All activities are free and open to the public during this time.
On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, an Olympic-class ocean liner, sank to her watery grave on the ocean floor after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage. While 710 people were rescued, 1,514 perished in the disaster. Many don't realize the connection between the Marconi wireless station in Wellfleet and the Titanic. Wireless messages in the form of Morse Code sent from the Cape to the Carpathia triggered the rescue of the Titanic survivors.
The exhibit and activities during the week tell the story of the Titanic and wireless technology. The center will be open April 12-15 (10am to 4pm Thursday through Saturday and 1pm-4pm Sunday). On Friday, April 13 at 4:30pm, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will host the premier of a new film about Marconi radio operator Matt Tierney and his role in the tragic event at the Chatham Community Center on Main Street. Tierney was on duty at the Marconi radio station on Nantucket the night of the tragedy and was instrumental in the rescue of the survivors. Following the film, maritime historian Mark Wilkins will speak.
Additional events and demonstrations will be held during the week at the Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and the preserved site of the Marconi wireless station in Wellfleet. A complete listing of events is available here.
The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, at 847 Orleans Road in North Chatham, opens officially for the season on May 25. Call the center at 508-945-8889 or visit the website here for more information.