Friday, November 21, 2014

WE'RE STILL AROUND

Life in Florida this week has been like life everywhere else in the U.S. ---- COLD!  There have been a lot of changes; bad and good.  Dad says he'll be getting us up again here shortly but doesn't know if anyone is still interested in us.  Retirement is sometimes as hectic, if not more so, than working at an office.  Shiloh, Max's sister, has moved to a new home and she stayed in Virginia when we moved to Florida.  JEB and Alex have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since we moved here.  Jubal has had his 15th birthday and is doing well.  Sophie is not well and is having seizures but is doing as well as can be expected.  We miss all of our old friends and hope to be back online soon.

HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY JUBAL


Saturday, April 21, 2012

BEST WESTERN (NOT THE MOTEL)



Howdy Pardners,
It's your ole sidekicks Booggers Boru and Big Al.  We had a hanker'n to grab some grub and settle down to watch one of our favorite TV western history shows and are hanker'n to have y'all pull up a cactus and watch along with us.  Kinda like seeing how life in Tucson AZ really is.
TBH+K

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 YEARS AGO TODAY - APRIL 10, 1912

The Titanic sets sail from Southampton on April 10, 1912





Captain Smith

Old Newspaper photograph of Commodore Edward J Smith Commodore Edward J Smith  © The popular press expected men to die like heroes in 1912. After all Captain Smith had done just that, or had he? In a strange quirk of history the man directly responsible for the loss of Titanic is remembered as a hero, whilst the man who tried to save lives is labelled a coward.
Smith failed the passengers and crew of Titanic. He failed to heed ice warnings, did not slow his ship when ice was reported directly in his path and allowed lifeboats to leave the sinking ship partially filled, unnecessarily adding at least 500 names to the list of the dead.
But what organisation or individual was ultimately to blame? The British government's Board of Trade allowed Titanic to sail with insufficient lifeboat accommodation. The government simply had not kept abreast of advances in marine engineering and based all life-saving regulations on ships up to 10,000 grt (gross registered tons) which were required to carry 16 lifeboats. Titanic was 46,329 grt. A ship designed to accommodate 3,511 passengers and crew was only required to provide lifeboat accommodation for 962. In fact, White Star provided her with four extra collapsible boats, increasing capacity to 1,178.
Smith failed the passengers and crew of Titanic.
If Smith had not failed in his duty, all these lifeboats could have been loaded to their stated capacity in time, or even with many more, for the numbers reflected shipyard workers, not women and children. In the flat calm conditions that night, the first boat to leave Titanic's side, with a capacity of 40, contained just 12 people.
Titanic, famous for that terrible disaster, today stands as a memorial to mankind's over-confidence in technology and a reminder of how weak we are compared with the forces of nature. But Titanic should also stand as a reminder of an era when millions of emigrants made the voyage across the Atlantic seeking a new life, in a new world - a memorial to a unique event in history.

Friday, March 30, 2012

ALLEGATIONS OF COWARDICE


Hey Hounders,
Abby here.  Boy am I tired from all of the research I've been doing about RMS Titanic for the centennial observation of her sinking.  It certainly is a sad story and it's unfortunate that so many misconceptions and falsehoods have persisted through the century since the ship went down.  Movies often tend to take poetic license with the facts in order to enhance the story for film audiences.  Tabloid newspapers and gossip columns make for profitable readership.  Time should provide us with a chance to reflect on known facts and not the sensationalized chronicles of the time.  In the case of J. Bruce Ismay, he is often depicted as "escaping" from the sinking ship disguised as a woman when that is not a documented fact.  There are undoubtedly a great many similar follies that have arisen from hearsay to become perceived as facts.  
ABBY (TBH+K)

ALLEGATIONS OF COWARDICE

Joseph Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line from 1899 until 1913.

 

 

 

 

ALLEGATIONS OF COWARDICE

Joseph Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line from 1899 until 1913.

J Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line, was a passenger on the Titanic. At the age of 39 he was also president of the International Mercantile Marine Company, a giant combine and owner-operator of several transatlantic business, at the head of which was White Star. The myths surrounding Ismay are many but almost all center on allegations of his cowardice in escaping the sinking ship whilst fellow passengers, notably women and children, were left to fend for themselves. The claims made at the time and repeated today were that he 'saved his own skin' whilst others died.

Ismay's fault was that he survived...
In reality Ismay helped with loading and lowering several lifeboats and acquitted himself better than many of the crew and passengers. He only entered a lifeboat when it was actually being lowered and no other passengers were in the vicinity. Some witnesses stated he was ordered into the lifeboat but, whatever happened, Lord Mersey said at the British inquiry into the loss of Titanic, 'Had he not jumped in he would simply have added one more life, namely his own, to the number of those lost'.
Ismay's fault was that he survived and as a consequence laid himself open to the high and somewhat dubious moral code of the US press. Almost universally condemned in America, when he finally arrived home he was cheered and applauded as he descended the gangway at Liverpool. The British press had treated the whole episode in a far less judgmental way.
In a second, more serious allegation, it was claimed he ordered Captain Edward J Smith, Titanic's commander, to 'make a record crossing' thus indirectly causing the collision with the iceberg. It is unlikely that an experienced shipmaster like Smith, on his last voyage before retirement and the highest paid commander in the mercantile marine, would defer to Ismay on matters of navigation. No firm evidence has ever come to light to suggest that Ismay in any way interfered with the navigation of Titanic and, other than talking with the various heads of departments on the ship, conducted himself like many other passengers. Yet the opposite image of him exists today.
All of the negative stereotypes can be tracked back to the American press...
But where did all these stories come from? All of the negative stereotypes can be tracked back to the American press and in particular to those newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, one of the most powerful and influential men in America. Hearst and Ismay had met years before in New York when Ismay was an agent for his company. The shy and private Ismay disliked press attention and the two men fell out as a consequence of his refusal to cooperate.
Hearst never forgot, and in April 1912 his syndicated press prosecuted a vicious campaign against Ismay, who was defenseless in the eye of the hurricane. Stories were invented and witnesses, wishing to strengthen exorbitant insurance claims for lost baggage against the company, declared he had in fact ordered Smith to make a record crossing.

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