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N.C. museum logs Titanic distress call
A message that might have saved more Titanic passengers is going on display for the first time.
“Have Struck Iceberg.” The three words were received April 14, 1912, at the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station on North Carolina’s coast, via telegraph. But when he attempted to pass it to superiors, the agent who received the message was told he was “junking up the lines” and sent home for the night, according to some accounts.
Richard Dailey recorded the distress call in his log book, which went unseen until workers discovered it during a 2005 renovation of the station. After restoration, the log page will be displayed for the first time, Saturday through May 31 at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. Information: 252-986-2995; graveyard oftheatlantic.com.
Titanic initially transmitted the message, which began “C.Q.D.” — Come Quickly Distressed — to weather stations along the East Coast.
— Jayne Clark