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Before dawn on January 23, the outgoing White Star Line ship Republic had collided with the incoming Italian Florida near Nantucket in dense fog.
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• Jack Binns was originally slated to be the radio operator on the Titanic’s maiden voyage; and
• The captain of the Baltic during the rescue, Captain Ranson, was at the helm of the Baltic when he warned the Titanic — by radio — that icebergs had been sighted.
Not only was the Republic-Florida rescue newsworthy because it was effected with a radio distress signal, it was newsworthy in an additional way. The radio operators of various ships involved in the rescue were in contact with land operators, so the Republic-Florida rescue became the subject of multiple editions of daily newspapers, allowing readers for the first time to learn of events at sea in nearly real time.
Did a Baltic passenger take pictures at the suggestion of my grandfather? Did this passenger sell a roll of undeveloped film to a newspaper for $500? I don’t have the full answer to these questions, but I can confirm that at least one Baltic passenger took a picture of the Republic.