1. Surviving Titanic Tale Has ‘Lord Jim’ Twist (6 Nov 2011, Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim” is about a sailor who flees in a moment of crisis and is forever labeled a coward. In “How to Survive the Titanic,” British writer Frances Wilson tells the story of a real life Lord Jim: J. Bruce Ismay, heir to the White Star Line fortune. Fleeing the ship in a lifeboat, Ismay himself survived this most mythologized of all maritime disasters, even as thousands of women and children perished on that fateful night in 1912.
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2. Titanic Exhibition Opens In Cork (5 Nov 2011, Irish Central)
A farewell message in a bottle that was thrown from the Titanic can now be seen at the Titanic Exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Center. The letter, which was presented by a family member of the victim, goes on display just as next year’s centenary of the ship’s sinking approaches. Jeremiah Burke didn’t have much time to write a last note to his family as the Titanic went down. The 19-year-old, who was traveling from his home in Glanmire, Co. Cork with his 18-year-old cousin Nora Hegarty, simply said “goodbye all” in his last note.