Honor Glory and Steel

Titanic and The White Star Line

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Am I the only one who finds things like this no only offensive but also in extremely poor taste? People died on the Titanic. I mean okay do a sinking ship slide, that’s all fine and dandy but does it HAVE to be Titanic? What if some time in the future they make a ride out of the World Trade Centers? I can’t imagine anybody would be too thrilled by that. I imagine the people of 1912 (not to mention any survivors who lived to see one of these abominations) would have felt rather disgusted by this. Okay there’s my rant for the day…
Am I the only one who finds things like this no only offensive but also in extremely poor taste? People died on the Titanic. I mean okay do a sinking ship slide, that’s all fine and dandy but does it HAVE to be Titanic? What if some time in the future they make a ride out of the World Trade Centers? I can’t imagine anybody would be too thrilled by that. I imagine the people of 1912 (not to mention any survivors who lived to see one of these abominations) would have felt rather disgusted by this. Okay there’s my rant for the day…

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The organ plays on


This poem came to me while thinking of the organ that was supposed to have graced HMHS. Britannic’s Grand Staircase. As you probably know because of WWI Britannic was never fitted out as an ocean liner and instead became a Hospital ship. Unfortunately on November 16, 1916 she was sunk either by a German torpedo or mine. The organ however survives and it plays to this day.

 

The organ plays on

By

Erick Konop

 

A Titan’s sister sent to war

To rescue soldiers from deaths door

The organ plays

 

Built for peace and built for joy

Now finds herself a warriors toy

The organ plays

 

She tried to save them yes its true

If only those onboard had knew

The organ plays

 

Below the deep the U-boat weaves

It sees the smoke Britannic leaves

The organ plays

 

A crack, a groan a metal moan

Britannic’s shaken to the bone

The organ plays

 

The nose goes down into the brine

The lifeboats leaving in a line

The organ plays

 

 

Yet still she fights to stay alive

To no avail and down she dives

The organ plays

 

The Organ plays for those who died

Of flailing props that cut them wide

THE ORGAN PLAYS

 

The organ plays on hear it ring

Of those who died its voice does sing

THE ORGAN PLAYS!!!

IT PLAYS!!!!

IT… PLAYS…

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Ocean Titans

Sorry I haven’t posted lately. I’ve been incredibly busy with school work. College Credit English in particular has taken up almost all of my time.We’re in the middle of a huge poetry project right now and for part of it I have to imitate a poets style in a poem of my own about any subject. Guess what I chose…  Anyways here’s my poem entitled “Ocean Titans” hope you like it.

 

Ocean Titans

By

Erick Konop

 

Belfast bore a steel titan

A fire burned within its soul.

Its tale today will still frighten

Its journey had an awful toll.

 

One clear spring day she left her home.

The smell of smoke! A mighty blast!

Belfast’s monster left to roam

The seas did part as she went past.

 

In her slept two thousand souls

Dreaming of a happy fate.

Confident she’d reach her goals

But they knew not what lie in wait.

 

The sea it had a titan too!

A monstrous thing without compare

Of solid snow and ice it grew.

For Belfast’s titan waiting there.

 

In vale of night, sea’s titan struck

Springing up from where she lied.

Belfast’s ran, but with no luck

An icy sword had pierced her side.

 

Belfast’s titan moaned in pain.

As ice tore at her fiery heart.

She fought to live but all in vain

The sea, it tore her clean apart.

 

Belfast’s titan died that night

Below the ocean she does lie.

Though long ago she lost her fight

Here story has refused to die.

 

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Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. All my spare time is going into trying to draw Titanic. SO MANY PORTHOLES… Honestly at the scale I’m drawing the width between some of the windows on C deck just forward of the aft well deck is about a pencil lead. This is gonna take a while…

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This is one of Titanic’s State rooms. At first glance you probably mistook it for a second class cabin but this is in fact a first class state room. We are used to seeing Titanic’s first class cabins portrayed as opulent multiple room suites with such accoutrements as electric fireplaces and private promenades, these features however were only present on a select few cabins in particular the two so called “Millionaire suites”  which were made up of rooms B51, 53, and 55 on the starboard side and B52, 54, and 56 on the port side. Many of the other first class cabins were more plainly decorated and even had exposed pipes, conduit, and deck plating.

This is one of Titanic’s State rooms. At first glance you probably mistook it for a second class cabin but this is in fact a first class state room. We are used to seeing Titanic’s first class cabins portrayed as opulent multiple room suites with such accoutrements as electric fireplaces and private promenades, these features however were only present on a select few cabins in particular the two so called “Millionaire suites”  which were made up of rooms B51, 53, and 55 on the starboard side and B52, 54, and 56 on the port side. Many of the other first class cabins were more plainly decorated and even had exposed pipes, conduit, and deck plating.

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                              Did Titanic’s Boilers explode?
It is a common question whether or not the in rush of cold water into Titanic’s boiler rooms upon impact would have caused a boiler explosion. The simple answer is no. Excess pressure causes boiler explosions,  an inrush of cold water though it would have shocked the boilers and conceivably weakened the metal a small amount would not have generated any pressure in the boilers nor would it have weakened them enough to cause an explosion. In fact the temperature differential would encourage the exact opposite of an explosion, an implosion. This effect can be seen here demonstrated on a 55 gallon drum. This however did not occur on Titanic either, while there is some evidence of a slight deformation of the boilers on the wreck there is no evidence of an actual implosion, the reason for this is as follows. Cylinders are very hard to crush and an enclosed one especially one filled with something such as water which doesn’t compress well proves very unyielding even to extreme pressure. So unlike the 55 gallon drum which was empty and open to the atmosphere Titanic’s boilers remained largely intact.

                              Did Titanic’s Boilers explode?

It is a common question whether or not the in rush of cold water into Titanic’s boiler rooms upon impact would have caused a boiler explosion. The simple answer is no. Excess pressure causes boiler explosions,  an inrush of cold water though it would have shocked the boilers and conceivably weakened the metal a small amount would not have generated any pressure in the boilers nor would it have weakened them enough to cause an explosion. In fact the temperature differential would encourage the exact opposite of an explosion, an implosion. This effect can be seen here demonstrated on a 55 gallon drum. This however did not occur on Titanic either, while there is some evidence of a slight deformation of the boilers on the wreck there is no evidence of an actual implosion, the reason for this is as follows. Cylinders are very hard to crush and an enclosed one especially one filled with something such as water which doesn’t compress well proves very unyielding even to extreme pressure. So unlike the 55 gallon drum which was empty and open to the atmosphere Titanic’s boilers remained largely intact.

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"TITANIC WAS ACTUALLY OLYMPIC THEY WERE SWITCHED" Uhhh… No actually they weren’t

The conspiracy theory that the RMS. Olympic and Titanic were switched as part of an insurance fraud is a popular one in Titanic circles. The basis of the whole theory goes as follows. After her collision with HMS Hawke the Olympic was so badly damaged she would never have passed a board of trade inspection again. So the White Star Line swapped her with Titanic and planned to sink her on her “maiden” voyage to collect insurance money while Titanic now masquerading as Olympic went on to earn a profit. However this whole theory was disproved by of all things a toilet. It turns out that Titanic had an extra toilet added at some point, consequently an extra port hole was added to light the new bathroom and this created a pattern of portholes on Titanic’s hull that was not present anywhere on Olympic. This arrangement of portholes also just so happened to be raised in 1996 as part of the so called “Big Piece” the largest piece of Titanic’s hull ever raised proving once and for all that the wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic is in fact RMS. Titanic. In this way a conspiracy that started even before Titanic hit the bottom was debunked by the humble john.

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For any one wondering where Honor and glory in this blogs name comes from here is the answer. The name comes from a clock located on the A deck landing of Titanic’s Forward Grand Staircase. Many have seen it but fewer know the story behind it. The carvings adorning the clock depict two angels Honor on the right and glory on the left as well as a laurel crown at Honor’s feet. This clock is often referred to as Honor and Glory Crowning Time. The above picture is of Olympic’s clock as to my knowledge no up close pictures of Titanic’s clock exist, however it is undoubtedly similar if not identical to Titanic’s clock. 
For anyone interested in knowing more about this famous clock listed here is a more in depth article from Encyclopedia Titanica.
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/honour_and_glory.html

For any one wondering where Honor and glory in this blogs name comes from here is the answer. The name comes from a clock located on the A deck landing of Titanic’s Forward Grand Staircase. Many have seen it but fewer know the story behind it. The carvings adorning the clock depict two angels Honor on the right and glory on the left as well as a laurel crown at Honor’s feet. This clock is often referred to as Honor and Glory Crowning Time. The above picture is of Olympic’s clock as to my knowledge no up close pictures of Titanic’s clock exist, however it is undoubtedly similar if not identical to Titanic’s clock.

For anyone interested in knowing more about this famous clock listed here is a more in depth article from Encyclopedia Titanica.

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/honour_and_glory.html

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